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Detroit-Chicago Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Detroit to Chicago?

Lowest Price$32.00
Fastest Train5h 7m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines1

Detroit to Chicago Route Map

Detroit Chicago

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Detroit to Chicago 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 Detroit to Chicago?

In the last month, $34.93 was the average price of a train ticket from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL. 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 $10.25 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Detroit to Chicago?

The distance between Detroit and Chicago is approximately 237 miles, or 381 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 7 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 Detroit to Chicago 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 Thursday 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 Detroit at 6:00am and arrives in Chicago around 5 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Detroit to Chicago?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Chicago 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 Chicago to Detroit. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Detroit to Chicago for $25.00.

Which train should you take from Detroit to Chicago?

Amtrak Wolverine is the one and only train line which connects Detroit, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois. 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 7m$40.04

Where is the train station in Detroit?

There is one train station in Detroit:

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL
Based on 10 ratings and reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Wolverine report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 86 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
November 29, 2019
Father Son Retreat
November 19, 2019Solo travel
Location to and from
hard to insure on time arrival
November 2, 2019Visiting family
Very convenient leaving from Dearborn and train kept right on schedule.
We really have no complaints.
Yes use Wanderu
September 27, 2019Visiting friends
Detroit Train station is in waling distance from my house
The train is old and smelly.
August 10, 2019Visiting family
Reuniting and celebrating with family and friends
Prices and delays (when feasible)

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