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Ann Arbor - East Lansing Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There is usually just one train option from Ann Arbor to East Lansing per day. The average train journey from Ann Arbor to East Lansing takes 9 hours and 18 minutes, but some Amtrak train trips are as short as 8 hours and 46 minutes.

Distance49 mi (79 km)
Fastest train8h 46m
Lowest price$35.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Ann Arbor to East Lansing?

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Ann Arbor to East Lansing was $52.94. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to East Lansing if you book your train tickets at least 24 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $16.78.

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25JulJul

Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Ann Arbor to East Lansing will cost between $45 and $75. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly avg. prices

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Mark your calendar for January if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Ann Arbor to East Lansing. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $40. If you're planning a trip from Ann Arbor to East Lansing during August, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $81 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Ann Arbor to East Lansing. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 24 days before departure, you can save around $16.78. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Ann Arbor to East Lansing?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Ann Arbor to East Lansing. 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
Amtrak19h 19m$57.87
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Ann Arbor to East Lansing every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $35.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Ann Arbor to East Lansing. 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.

The distance between Ann Arbor and East Lansing is approximately 49 miles, or 79 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 18 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 46 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.

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

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Ann Arbor at 7:00am and arrives in East Lansing around 8 hours later.

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from East Lansing to Ann Arbor.

City Information

Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is a quirky city filled with interesting secrets for curious travelers. The first thing to do in Ann Arbor is to check out its crown jewel, the University of Michigan. Boasting as many as 30 libraries and more than 16 museums, the university will fulfill every culturally-inclined traveler’s desires with ease. Nature lovers who enjoy a breath of fresh air should consider hopping on the Huron River Water Trail, which offers plenty of opportunities for paddling. Also don’t miss out on a show at the famous Michigan Theater, which offers retro shows and live acts.

Travelers can enjoy an authentic Ann Arbor culinary experience at Kerrytown, a historic quarter in the city. Located there are the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, as well as Zingerman’s Deli, both of which are local favorites.

The Amtrak station at 325 Depot St serves as the city’s main hub for both bus and train travel. From the station you can catch a bus or train to various cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and beyond. Ann Arbor is served by Amtrak’s Wolverine line. The city’s main airport is the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Ann Arbor?

325 Depot St - Amtrak Station  - ARBAMT-0

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325 Depot St - Amtrak Station  - ARBAMT-1

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Main departure station: 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station

The Ann Arbor Amtrak Station is located in the downtown area of Ann Arbor at 325 Depot St and handles most of the city’s rail transportation. The station is served by the Wolverine line, which runs from Pontiac to Chicago three times each day. Intercity bus service from Barons Bus Lines, Miller Transportation, and Greyhound also stop at the Depot St station. Metered parking is available on-site, and the station building includes public restrooms and a convenient taxi stand. Several restaurants are in the surrounding area, and if you have time to kill before your train, take a short walk to the scenic Broadway Park along Huron River.

All train stations in Ann Arbor:

  • 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station

Where is the train station in East Lansing?

Main arrival station: Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E

East Lansing has one train station.

All train stations in East Lansing:

  • Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E

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