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Train Route Overview: New York to Detroit

There are 3 daily trains from New York to Detroit. Traveling by train from New York to Detroit usually takes around 23 hours and 47 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 15 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance481 mi (773 km)
Fastest train15h 55m
Lowest price$49.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New York to Detroit

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Charles

September 9, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak

Pros: Nice scenery. Cons: Newer equipment.

Pros: Nice scenery. Cons: Newer equipment.

5.0

Mariah

April 7, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak

Pros: The train was not too full so I got two seats to myself! Tips: Bring a pillow and blanket for maximum comfort if you can spare the space!

Pros: The train was not too full so I got two seats to myself! Tips: Bring a pillow and blanket for maximum comfort if you can spare the space!

5.0

David

February 7, 2021- Regular commuter

Amtrak

Pros: The train was so fast, efficient and much more comfortable than a bus. The staff was friendly and helpful. Cons: A "Quiet Car" would have been great. It's hard to sleep next to people who want to be talking, etc, on their phone the whole trip.

Pros: The train was so fast, efficient and much more comfortable than a bus. The staff was friendly and helpful. Cons: A "Quiet Car" would have been great. It's hard to sleep next to people who want to be talking, etc, on their phone the whole trip.

5.0

Ms.Naza

July 19, 2019

Amtrak

Pros: I felt... safe and it was fairly quiet...no waits for the bathroom... Cons: I took Amtrak train... from Toronto Canada to Las Vegas NV.... the staff made sure that the passengers were quite... they often spoke to passengers... informing them.. that everyone was t...

Pros: I felt... safe and it was fairly quiet...no waits for the bathroom... Cons: I took Amtrak train... from Toronto Canada to Las Vegas NV.... the staff made sure that the passengers were quite... they often spoke to passengers... informing them.. that everyone was traveling and were tired....so they informed the passengers to wear ear buds to listen to music etc.... and to go to the common shared cars to talk and visit etc.... I was very appreciative for that....as many of us...were hit n long trips... and needed our rest.... Tips: Bring some snacks...

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

Typically $89.50 is the average price you should expect to pay for a train ticket to Detroit. Any tickets cheaper than $89.50 can be considered a great deal. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from New York 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 $109 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Detroit in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $136 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 11 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Detroit from New York will be about $40.25 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from New York to Detroit?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects New York to Detroit. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak323h 48m$111.75
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    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 New York to Detroit every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $49.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from New York 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 New York to Detroit?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from New York 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 New York to Detroit?

The distance between New York and Detroit is approximately 481 miles, or 773 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 23 hours and 47 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 15 hours and 55 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?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when trains are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded trains to Detroit, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs New York at 9:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many train departures serve Detroit each day?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

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

City Information

New York

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New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a reason – it offers numerous opportunities for a great time to visitors of all ages and interests. For the culturally inclined travelers, the city boasts a unique collection of world-famous museums, as well as the chance to see the best plays and musicals that Broadway has to offer, or check out the latest production at the Metropolitan Opera. If sightseeing is your cardio, NYC is the place to be – just by walking around town, you can visit such iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square.

NYC’s five boroughs feature more than 1,700 parks, including the gorgeous Central Park, making it one of the best cities for outdoor activities in the country. As for the nightlife, there’s no argument that New York City is the biggest party hub in the U.S.

With three major bus and train stations in Manhattan alone – Port Authority, Grand Central & Penn Station – and three nearby airports, NYC is one of the predominant travel hubs in the world. If you are ever looking to get out of town, NYC is centrally connected throughout the state and region, you can easily hop on a train to Albany to go explore upstate New York.

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 New York?

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Main departure station: Penn Station

Pennsylvania Station, or just Penn Station, is the main train station in New York City. All Amtrak trains to and from NYC use Penn Station as their only train stop in Manhattan. Penn Station offers easy connections to various other types of transportation, including commuter rail (the Long Island Rail Road and the NJ Transit both operate out of Penn Station), airport transit, and six lines of the NYC Subway, making it the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere. Located in the heart of Manhattan, right by the world-famous Madison Square Garden, Penn Station is close to various points of interest such as Times Square and the Empire State Building, as well as many restaurants and retail stores.

All train stations in New York:

  • Penn Station

Where is the train station in Detroit?

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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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