Chicago to Detroit Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $22
Fastest Way Flight — 1h 4min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 34 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — bus, train, flight and by car
Distance 238 miles
Travel Companies Greyhound, Amtrak, Air Canada, jetBlue, Porter Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United, Multiple Airlines
$22 · 6h 4min · 34 lb of CO2
Chicago to Detroit
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$50 · 5h 27min · 60 lb of CO2
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$151 · 1h 4min · 374 lb of CO2
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Chicago to Detroit Flights

There are 2 airports — MDW, ORD — that make sense to fly out of from Chicago and 2 airports — YQG, DTW — to access Detroit. The best deals are usually found by flying out of ORD.

Porter Airlines, Air Canada, Southwest Airlines, United, jetBlue operate flights which can help you travel from Chicago to Detroit.

The cheapest way by air is via Southwest Airlines and flies from Chicago Midway Intl (MDW) to Detroit Metro Wayne Co (DTW). Southwest Airlines flies from Chicago Midway Intl (MDW) to Detroit Metro Wayne Co (DTW) and is the quickest flight to get you from Chicago to Detroit.Out of the 4 total modes of travel to Detroit from Chicago, a flight is the quickest method.
$32 · 4h 18min · 49 lb of CO2
Chicago to Detroit

Drive from Chicago to Detroit

It's 239 miles between Chicago to Detroit. On a typical day, it might take between 4h 18min and 4h 31min from Chicago to Detroit under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 4h 44min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to Detroit by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.

We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $32.

What is the best way to travel from Chicago to Detroit?

The are 13 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from Chicago to Detroit. If you're only considering the price, you should check out the bus out of Chicago towards Detroit, as it is the cheapest to Detroit. It's common to find tickets for as low as $22. Greyhound operates from Chicago to Detroit, so you book your trip with them! Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from Chicago to Detroit?

On your trip from Chicago to Detroit, it is best to book as soon as possible. It won't necessarily help reduce your price by a large amount, but will ensure that you have a spot on the bus or train.

Is the train or the bus better from Chicago to Detroit MI?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Chicago to Detroit. There are quite a few things to consider for each. On a positive note, be glad you have the choice! Further, whenever you avoid driving - you don't have to worry about parking, focusing on the road. Additionally - you can focus on reading, work, or just relax.

While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to Detroit is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the Chicago/Detroit buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from Chicago is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between Chicago IL and Detroit during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!

The plus side of taking the train from Chicago to Detroit? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of Detroit traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to Detroit is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.

What's the cheapest way from Chicago to Detroit?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from Chicago to Detroit is by bus. The bus costs $22 roughly and will take 6 hours 4 minutes.

How much does Amtrak cost from Chicago to Detroit?

Amtrak costs about $62 between Chicago and Detroit. In total, the train will take roughly 5 hours 27 minutes and there are no connections that you will have to make. We recommend catching the train at CHI Chicago Union Station, which is 3 miles from Chicago. Further, once you arrive at DET Detroit Amtrak or you will still have 3 miles to Detroit.

How long does it take from Chicago to Detroit by car?

The total distance between Chicago and Detroit is 239 miles and will take you about 4 hours 18 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $32.

Travel companies on this route

Greyhound Greyhound from Chicago to Detroit
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Amtrak Amtrak from Chicago to Detroit
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Air Canada Air Canada from Chicago to Detroit
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Porter Airlines Porter Airlines from Chicago to Detroit
Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines from Chicago to Detroit
United United from Chicago to Detroit
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