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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Chicago to Detroit. Traveling by train from Chicago to Detroit usually takes around 7 hours and 10 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Wolverine train can make the trip in 5 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance237 mi (381 km)
Fastest train5h 20m
Lowest price$40.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Detroit

(Based on 19 ratings and reviews)

4.7

4.0

Celeste

July 26, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: So comfortable and relaxing! Cons: The departure gate wasn't posted on most board in Union Station. WiFi was very spotty throughout the journey.

Pros: So comfortable and relaxing! Cons: The departure gate wasn't posted on most board in Union Station. WiFi was very spotty throughout the journey.

5.0

Empress

July 23, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: The several earl was the best. Very fast good humor and handsome. Cons: Comfort and speed. Champagne on the train would be great. Tips: Chose amtrak first.

Pros: The several earl was the best. Very fast good humor and handsome. Cons: Comfort and speed. Champagne on the train would be great. Tips: Chose amtrak first.

5.0

Eric

July 8, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: On time, even though we had to stop several times due to signal problems. Very comfortable seats. Enough space for luggage. Cons: The wireless Internet was not very good. Tips: Try to be there a bit early so you can chose your seat.

Pros: On time, even though we had to stop several times due to signal problems. Very comfortable seats. Enough space for luggage. Cons: The wireless Internet was not very good. Tips: Try to be there a bit early so you can chose your seat.

5.0

Judy

June 23, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Punctual and easy to use. Tips: Business class offers pre boarding….

Pros: Punctual and easy to use. Tips: Business class offers pre boarding….

5.0

Sandra

June 7, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: We arrived half and hour early. Everything was good. Cons: Nothing. Can’t complain. Tips: Nope.

Pros: We arrived half and hour early. Everything was good. Cons: Nothing. Can’t complain. Tips: Nope.

Chicago to Detroit Route Map

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Price trends for trains from Chicago to Detroit

Average prices by travel date

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Which train should you take from Chicago to Detroit?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Detroit. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak38h 44m$105.50
Amtrak Wolverine35h 32m$55.60
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 3 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Detroit every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $40.

  • Amtrak Wolverine

    Amtrak Wolverine

    The Amtrak Wolverine provides rail service from Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan, and offers 3 trips per day. Each train features amenities such as a cafe car and onboard WiFi. The average ticket price from Chicago to Detroit on the Wolverine is , but you can find deals for as low as $40.

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 during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train 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, train 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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.

Can you take a train all the way from Chicago to Detroit?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Chicago to Detroit. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

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 7 hours and 10 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 20 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?

Friday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Chicago to Detroit. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Friday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Sunday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Chicago to Detroit?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Detroit. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Detroit to Chicago.

City Information

Chicago

Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials and a top destination in Illinois.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is 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 is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Main departure station: Union Station

The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

  • Pacific Central Station

Where is the train station in Detroit?

11 W Baltimore Ave - DETAMT-0

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Main arrival station: 11 W Baltimore Ave

Detroit’s Amtrak station connects Motor City with the nation’s rail network via three daily trains on the Amtrak Wolverine, which runs from Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan. Bus service on Miller Transportation also operates from the Amtrak Station on 11 W Baltimore Avenue, and from the adjacent platform, travelers can connect to the QLine streetcar system. The station’s amenities include clean restrooms, vending machines, and onsite customer service staff. Thanks to its location in the New Center neighborhood, the Amtrak station is surrounded by various restaurants and is one block away from the historic landmark, Cadillac Place.

All train stations in Detroit:

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

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