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Journey Information

East Lansing to Detroit bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$23.00
Shortest Duration2h 20m
Trips per day2
Bus lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from East Lansing to Detroit right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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 2 hours and 56 minutes to cover the 78 miles (126 kilometers) from East Lansing, MI to Detroit, MI. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 20 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?

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

On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday 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 6:00pm. 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 usually only 2 buses per day from East Lansing to Detroit. Both of these are direct buses, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring buses at any point during your trip.

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 one bus line that services this route. Although it's the sole option, there are a couple of different travel times to choose from each day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Indian Trails22h 56m$23.00

Where does the bus leave from in East Lansing?

Most buses depart from the main station in East Lansing, Michigan:

  • Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E

Where does the bus arrive in Detroit?

All buses from East Lansing arrive at one main station in Detroit, Michigan:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St

Price trends for buses from East Lansing to Detroit

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