Chicago to Detroit

Buses, Trains, Flights, Drive

cheapest quickest Eco-Friendly
Bus$22 | 6h 4min Flight$151 | 1h 4min Bus34 lb of CO2
  1. Bus$22
    6h 4min · 34 lb of CO2
  2. Train$50
    5h 27min · 60 lb of CO2
  3. Flight$151
    4h 9min · 374 lb of CO2
  4. Drive$32
    4h 18min · 49 lb of CO2

Chicago to Detroit Buses

bus tickets from Chicago to Detroit

$22 · 6h 4min

Bus to Detroit

GreyhoundGreyhound Chicago to Detroit
Bus Tickets
About $22
Travel Duration
6h 4min

bus tickets from Chicago to Windsor

$53 · 6h 59min
Various bus companies
Oneway
About $53
Travel Duration
6h 59min

bus tickets from Chicago to Lincoln Park

$44 · 8h 4min
Various bus companies
Oneway
About $44
Travel Duration
8h 4min

bus tickets from Chicago to Dearborn

$51 · 6h 41min
Various bus companies
Oneway
About $51
Travel Duration
6h 41min

Chicago to Detroit Trains

train tickets from Chicago to Detroit

$62 · 5h 27min
AmtrakAmtrak CHI train to DET
Train Tickets
About $62
Travel Duration
5h 27min

train tickets from Chicago to Dearborn

$50 · 5h 45min
AmtrakAmtrak CHI train to DER
Train Tickets
About $50
Travel Duration
5h 45min

train tickets from Glenview to Detroit

$64 · 5h 49min
AmtrakAmtrak GLN train to DET
Train Tickets
About $64
Travel Duration
5h 49min

train tickets from Homewood to Detroit

$65 · 5h 57min
AmtrakAmtrak HMW train to DET
Train Tickets
About $65
Travel Duration
5h 57min

Chicago to Detroit Flights

bus tickets from MDW to YQG

$140 · 4h 9min

Flight to YQG

Porter AirlinesPorter Airlines MDW to YQG
Oneway
About $159
Travel Duration
4h 9min

bus tickets from ORD to YQG

$196 · 5h 37min

Flight to YQG

Various airlines
Oneway
About $199
Travel Duration
11h 26min
Air CanadaAir Canada ORD to YQG
Oneway
About $196
Travel Duration
5h 37min

bus tickets from MDW to DTW

$151 · 1h 4min

Flight to DTW

Southwest AirlinesSouthwest Airlines MDW to DTW
Oneway
About $151
Travel Duration
1h 4min

bus tickets from ORD to DTW

$158 · 1h 23min

Flight to DTW

UnitedUnited ORD to DTW
Oneway
About $158
Travel Duration
1h 23min
jetBluejetBlue ORD to DTW
Oneway
About $350
Travel Duration
7h 50min

Drive from Chicago to Detroit

Driving from Chicago to Detroit

$32 · 4h 18min

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.

Our recommendation to Detroit

Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from Chicago to Detroit?

For short-haul trips, it's 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.

Chicago to Detroit MI - take the train or bus?

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.

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 from Chicago to Detroit
Greyhound
Bus company
1 routes
Amtrak from Chicago to Detroit
Amtrak
Train company
19015 routes
Air Canada from Chicago to Detroit
Air Canada
Airline
388 routes
jetBlue from Chicago to Detroit
jetBlue
Airline
440 routes
Porter Airlines from Chicago to Detroit
Porter Airlines
Airline
38 routes
Southwest Airlines from Chicago to Detroit
Southwest Airlines
Airline
283 routes
United from Chicago to Detroit
United
Airline
2002 routes