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East Lansing - Detroit Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 12 intercity buses per day from East Lansing to Detroit. Traveling by bus from East Lansing to Detroit usually takes around 3 hours and 47 minutes, but the fastest Indian Trails bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance78 mi (126 km)
Shortest duration2h 50m
Cheapest price$22.00
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceIndian Trails
Bus lines1

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

Bus tickets for a trip from East Lansing to Detroit cost $22.67 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10AprApr

Bus tickets from East Lansing to Detroit are expected to cost between $23 and $23 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to Detroit within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from $23. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

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Bus tickets from East Lansing to Detroit are usually around $23 and prices do not fluctuate very much throughout the year.

Prices as travel date approaches

$25$20$15$10$53020100

To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 23 days in advance to save up to $0.32.

What bus companies travel from East Lansing to Detroit?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from East Lansing to Detroit. Indian Trails connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Indian Trails123h 48m$22.96
  • Book Indian Trails from East Lansing to Detroit from $22. There are 12 trips per day offered by Indian Trails from East Lansing to Detroit and you can expect on average to pay for a Indian Trails ticket to Detroit. In East Lansing, Indian Trails departs to Detroit from East Lansing (Michigan Flyer) and one other station. 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 48 minutes , while the fastest available Indian Trails trip will get you to Detroit in 2 hours and 50 minutes .

    On weekends, Indian Trails offers 12 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Detroit.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 47 minutes to cover the 78 miles from East Lansing to Detroit. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 50 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Travelers prefer riding the bus on Saturday to enjoy the weekend in Detroit. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

The first bus leaves at 12:00pm 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.

There are 12 scheduled buses that travel from East Lansing to Detroit every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 4 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from East Lansing to Detroit; ticket prices start at $32.00.

City Information

East Lansing

East Lansing, a city shockingly located just east of Lansing, is primarily known as the home of Michigan State University. In fact, around half of its population is composed of students, and some of the city's most visited attractions are situated on the college campus. Among them are the historic W. J. Beal Botanical Garden, the 104-foot-tall Beaumont Tower, the contemporary Broad Art Museum, and the renowned Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Aside from its vibrant college life, East Lansing is also known for its yearly events, such as The East Lansing Film Festival, the largest of its kind in the entire state.

Lake Lansing is a go-to for swimming, fishing, or just getting some fresh air, but you'll also find parks and golf courses all around the city. The tree-lined Grand River Avenue divides the MSU campus from the rest of the city; find some of the city's best shopping and dining in the Grand River area, including HopCat, Beggar's Banquet, and Barrio East Lansing.

Public transit buses connect East Lansing to the closest airport, the Capital Region International Airport. However, it's also easy to take an intercity bus to nearby travel hubs, Detroit and Chicago, by booking a ticket with Greyhound, Indian Trails, or Jefferson Lines. East Lansing is a stop on Amtrak's Blue Water line, which makes train travel in and out of the city a breeze.

Detroit

Often stigmatized as a dead city, Detroit is making a huge comeback, and it is fast becoming a hidden gem among travelers. Your first stop should be at the Detroit Institute of Art, the city’s foremost cultural destination. Featuring more than 100 galleries with artworks from masters such as Van Gogh or Diego Rivera, the museum offers tourists hours of artistic immersion and enjoyment. For those wishing to learn more about the history of Motown or Black American communities, the city’s Motown Museum and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will be top-tier destinations. Finally, don’t miss out on the chance to catch a performance at the lavish Fox Theater, a national landmark.

As Detroit is the birthplace of Coney dog, it would be a huge miss if you pass up the chance to try out this masterpiece. One of the locals’ favorite Coney dog establishments is Lafayette Coney Island. Detroit’s craft beer scene is also quite lively, and some famous local brands include Batch Brewing Company and Detroit Beer Co.

The principal bus terminal in the city is on Howard St, where travelers can catch buses run by Greyhound, Indian Trails or Barons Bus. You can also catch Amtrak trains at the train station in New Center, north of downtown Detroit. Detroit is served by Amtrak’s Wolverine line. The city’s main airport is the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, which is located in nearby Romulus.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in East Lansing?

Main departure station: East Lansing (Michigan Flyer)

East Lansing has two bus stations with service to Detroit.

All bus stations in East Lansing:

  • East Lansing (Michigan Flyer)

  • 1240 S. Harrison

Where does the bus arrive in Detroit?

Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St - DETGLI-0

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Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St

Located near hip Corktown, the Detroit Greyhound Bus Station is minutes away from local breweries, diverse restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife. Besides Greyhound, many other bus carriers serve this station, including Indian Trails, Barons Bus Lines, Miller Transportation, and Jefferson Lines. For travelers’ convenience, the station offers massive parking lots, clean restrooms, and lockers to rent. The station is a short walk from several local bus stops, and about a 15 minute walk from the closest light rail station to connect to neighborhoods throughout Detroit.

All bus stations in Detroit:

  • Bus Terminal - 1001 Howard St

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