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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Detroit?

Lowest Price$32.00
Fastest Train5h 26m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines1

Chicago to Detroit Route Map

Chicago Detroit

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago 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 train 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, train 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.

What is the price of a train ticket from Chicago to Detroit?

In the last month, $33.80 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 23 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $18.44 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Detroit?

The distance between Chicago and Detroit is approximately 237 miles, or 381 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 26 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Chicago to Detroit are the most crowded on Thursday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Chicago at 1:00pm and arrives in Detroit around 5 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Chicago to Detroit?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Detroit with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Detroit to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Detroit for $25.00.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Detroit?

Amtrak Wolverine is the one and only train line which connects Chicago, Illinois to Detroit, Michigan. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Wolverine15h 26m$41.60

Where is the train station in Chicago?

There is one train station in Chicago:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Where is the train station in Detroit?

Detroit has one train station:

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

Price trends for trains from Chicago to Detroit

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25NovDec

Monthly average prices

$75$60$45$30$15JFMAMJJASOND

Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI
4.6
Based on 9 ratings and 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.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.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.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.Kind staff, bathrooms were clean.
Cons
Could use more signage and announcements/updates.Could use more signage and announcements/updates.
Tips
Don't be late!!Don't be late!!
Bruno
4.0
November 8, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
It was nice not having to drive to my destination.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.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.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. 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. 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.How quick everything was.
Cons
By arriving on time By arriving on time
Tips
Just relax enjoy the rideJust relax enjoy the ride

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