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East Lansing to Detroit bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$23.00
Shortest duration2h 55m
Trips per day5
Bus lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from East Lansing to Detroit during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How much is a bus ticket from East Lansing to Detroit?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $23.00 was the low point for bus fares from East Lansing to Detroit. Buses from Detroit to East Lansing are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $23.00 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 3 hours to cover the 78 miles (126 kilometers) from East Lansing, MI to Detroit, MI. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 55 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Saturday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Saturday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave East Lansing?

The first bus leaves at 1:00pm and the last bus leaves at 4:00pm. To see the times for all buses from East Lansing to Detroit, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from East Lansing to Detroit every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Michigan to Michigan without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from East Lansing to Detroit; ticket prices start at $38.50.

What bus companies travel from East Lansing to Detroit?

There is one bus company that operates from East Lansing to Detroit. Indian Trails is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Indian Trails53h 0m$23.00

Book Indian Trails from East Lansing to Detroit from $23. There are 5 trips per day offered by Indian Trails from East Lansing to Detroit and you can expect on average to pay $23 for a Indian Trails ticket to Detroit. In East Lansing, Indian Trails departs to Detroit from Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E, In Detroit, Indian Trails arrives at Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St, An average trip on Indian Trails from East Lansing to Detroit takes 3 hours and 0 minutes, while the fastest available Indian Trails trip will get you to Detroit in 2 hours and 55 minutes, On weekends, Indian Trails offers 5 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $23 for a weekend trip to Detroit.

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