Cheap train tickets from Chicago to Detroit

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How much are train tickets from Chicago to Detroit?

Lowest Price$32.00
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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Chicago to Detroit
4.6
Based on 9 reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Wolverine report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 78 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
3.9
Value
3.2
Condition
4.2
Sharon
4.0
November 22, 2019Visiting family
Pros
It was comfortable, the staff was pleasant.
Cons
The bathrooms could use more attention and cleaning. Also, boarding in Chicago was ridiculous. People in the terminal could use more direction from staff about how to form an orderly line.
Tips
Don’t expect to arrive on time, but otherwise a comfortable ride with pleasant staff.
Lauren
5.0
November 15, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Kind staff, bathrooms were clean.
Cons
Could use more signage and announcements/updates.
Tips
Don't be late!!
Bruno
4.0
November 8, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
It was nice not having to drive to my destination.
Cons
Both coming & going the train was 30 and 45 minutes late, respectively. On time arrival should be a bigger priority.
Vladimir
5.0
September 15, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The train was fast and on time.
Cons
I paid nearly $100 when some people paid $30. There are no seat reservation so I don't understand the price difference.
Tips
Buy you ticket more than a month in advance otherwise you will pay 3x or the same service/seat.
Eunice
5.0
August 31, 2019Visiting family
Pros
How quick everything was.
Cons
By arriving on time
Tips
Just relax enjoy the ride

What train do you take from Chicago to Detroit?

The only train route offering direct service between Chicago and Detroit is the Amtrak Wolverine. Two trains depart each day, with the first train leaving at 7:00 a.m. and the second train leaving at 5:00 p.m. The average price for a ticket is $52.16, and the average travel time is 5 hours and 11 minutes.

Should you take the bus or train from Chicago to Detroit?

The train from Chicago to Detroit is the fastest, most scenic way to get there. Parts of the ride circle the bottom of Lake Michigan, and the average travel time is just 5 hours and 11 minutes. The average travel time on the bus is anywhere from 5 hours and 30 minutes to 8 hours and 40 minutes, depending on which bus you take.

How long is a train ride from Chicago to Michigan?

The fastest an Amtrak train can get to Detroit from Chicago is in 5 hours and 4 minutes. However, it doesn’t take very long from Chicago to cross the Indiana border into Michigan. The closest Amtrak stop once you cross the border is New Buffalo, Michigan, which takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

How do you find cheap train tickets from Chicago to Detroit?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Chicago to Detroit is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Chicago to Detroit was $34.60. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 29 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $25.37 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from Chicago to Detroit?

The distance between Chicago and Detroit is approximately 237.17 miles, or 381.59 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 5 hours and 36 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 4 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest day for trains from Chicago to Detroit?

On Wednesday trains from Chicago to Detroit are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Monday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from Chicago to Detroit?

Typically there are 3 schedules to compare for your trip to Detroit. On the route to Detroit 2 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak Wolverine offers the most scheduled departures between Chicago to Detroit, usually offering 2 trips per day. 2 train trips per day are direct connections to Detroit, if you're looking to get there faster, direct schedules will typically be more time efficient.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Chicago to Detroit, which start at $4.99.

Here are the 2 train companies that operate from Chicago to Detroit

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to Detroit start from $32.00, and on average cost $41.35. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to Detroit. Amtrak in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Detroit trains arrive at 11 W Baltimore Ave,

From Chicago to Detroit train travel on Amtrak takes 6 hours and 55 minutes. If you are looking to get to Detroit faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 4 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Detroit on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost $53.12 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
6h 55m
Avg. Price
$41.35

Amtrak Wolverine

Amtrak Wolverine train tickets from Chicago to Detroit start from $32.00, and on average cost $43.88. Daily there are 2 Amtrak Wolverine schedules to Detroit. Amtrak Wolverine in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Detroit trains arrive at 11 W Baltimore Ave,

From Chicago to Detroit train travel on Amtrak Wolverine takes 5 hours and 11 minutes. If you are looking to get to Detroit faster, Amtrak Wolverine offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 4 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Wolverine offers 3 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $60.57 for a one-way train ticket to Detroit.

Restroom
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
5h 11m
Avg. Price
$43.88

Plan your next adventure

There is one train station from which trains depart Chicago on their way to Detroit:
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
There is one train station where trains from Chicago arrive in Detroit:
  • 11 W Baltimore Ave