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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 2 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Wolverine train can make the trip in 5 hours and 24 minutes.

Distance237 mi (381 km)
Fastest train5h 24m
Lowest price$40.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Wolverine
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI

(Based on 14 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Jacqueline

October 31, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Seats was very comfortable, plenty leg room 👍. Cons: Little bit warmer 😉.

Pros: Seats was very comfortable, plenty leg room 👍. Cons: Little bit warmer 😉.

5.0

Camelia

May 10, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Wolverine

I had my laptop with me, so I watch 2 movies. Restaurant had a good selection including hot food.

I had my laptop with me, so I watch 2 movies. Restaurant had a good selection including hot food.

5.0

Brianna

February 28, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Good. Cons: Nothing. Tips: None.

Pros: Good. Cons: Nothing. Tips: None.

4.0

Sharon

November 22, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

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 ar...

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.

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5.0

Lauren

November 15, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Kind staff, bathrooms were clean. Cons: Could use more signage and announcements/updates. Tips: Don't be late!!

Pros: Kind staff, bathrooms were clean. Cons: Could use more signage and announcements/updates. Tips: Don't be late!!

Chicago to Detroit Route Map

Chicago Detroit

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

In the last month, $55.98 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Detroit, MI. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $6.40 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Detroit will vary between $50 and $77. Planning a train trip to Detroit within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is $53. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Chicago to Detroit by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $39 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Detroit in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $65 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Detroit from Chicago will be about $6.40 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Detroit?

2 train services operate from Chicago, Illinois to Detroit, Michigan. Amtrak Wolverine 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 30m$75.00
Amtrak Wolverine35h 32m$54.12
  • 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.

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  • Amtrak Wolverine

    Amtrak Wolverine

    Amtrak Wolverine train tickets from Chicago to Detroit start from $40, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 Amtrak Wolverine schedules to Detroit. Amtrak Wolverine in Chicago leaves from Union Station . And in Detroit trains arrive at 11 W Baltimore Ave .

    From Chicago to Detroit train travel on Amtrak Wolverine takes 5 hours and 32 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 24 minutes.

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

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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 2 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 24 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 Wednesday. 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 Saturday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 7:00am 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. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Detroit for $19.99.

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.

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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Departure stations

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

Where is the train station in Detroit?

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Arrival stations

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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