Detroit to Chicago

Buses, Trains, Flights, Drive

cheapest quickest Eco-Friendly
Bus$22 | 6h 0min Flight$138 | 1h 15min Bus34 lb of CO2
  1. Bus$22
    6h 0min · 34 lb of CO2
  2. Train$60
    5h 27min · 60 lb of CO2
  3. Flight$88
    5h 30min · 494 lb of CO2
  4. Drive$32
    4h 18min · 49 lb of CO2

Detroit to Chicago Buses

bus tickets from Detroit to Chicago

$22 · 6h 0min

Bus to Chicago

GreyhoundGreyhound Detroit to Chicago
Bus Tickets
About $22
Travel Duration
6h 0min

bus tickets from Windsor to Chicago

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

bus tickets from Lincoln Park to Chicago

$37 · 16h 55min

Bus to Chicago

Barons BusBarons Bus Lincoln Park to Chicago
Bus Tickets
About $37
Travel Duration
16h 55min

bus tickets from Dearborn to Chicago

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

Detroit to Chicago Trains

train tickets from Detroit to Chicago

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

train tickets from Dearborn to Chicago

$60 · 5h 17min
AmtrakAmtrak DER train to CHI
Train Tickets
About $60
Travel Duration
5h 17min

train tickets from Detroit to Glenview

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

train tickets from Detroit to Homewood

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

Detroit to Chicago Flights

bus tickets from YQG to MDW

$152 · 5h 30min

Flight to MDW

Porter AirlinesPorter Airlines YQG to MDW
Oneway
About $152
Travel Duration
5h 30min

bus tickets from YQG to ORD

$172 · 6h 35min

Flight to ORD

Air CanadaAir Canada YQG to ORD
Oneway
About $172
Travel Duration
6h 35min
Various airlines
Oneway
About $319
Travel Duration
12h 15min

bus tickets from DTW to MDW

$138 · 1h 15min

Flight to MDW

Southwest AirlinesSouthwest Airlines DTW to MDW
Oneway
About $138
Travel Duration
1h 15min

bus tickets from DTW to ORD

$88 · 1h 21min

Flight to ORD

jetBluejetBlue DTW to ORD
Oneway
About $174
Travel Duration
14h 35min
Alaska AirlinesAlaska Airlines DTW to ORD
Oneway
About $286
Travel Duration
15h 15min
UnitedUnited DTW to ORD
Oneway
About $88
Travel Duration
1h 21min

Drive from Detroit to Chicago

Driving from Detroit to Chicago

$32 · 4h 18min

It's 239 miles between Detroit to Chicago. On a typical day, it might take between 4h 18min and 4h 31min from Detroit to Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago

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

When to book trip from Detroit to Chicago?

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.

Detroit to Chicago IL - take the train or bus?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Detroit to Chicago. 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 Chicago is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the Detroit/Chicago buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from Detroit 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 Detroit MI and Chicago 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 Detroit to Chicago? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Detroit to Chicago by car?

The total distance between Detroit and Chicago 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 Detroit to Chicago
Greyhound
Bus company
1 routes
Amtrak from Detroit to Chicago
Amtrak
Train company
19015 routes
Air Canada from Detroit to Chicago
Air Canada
Airline
388 routes
Alaska Airlines from Detroit to Chicago
Alaska Airlines
Airline
848 routes
jetBlue from Detroit to Chicago
jetBlue
Airline
440 routes
Porter Airlines from Detroit to Chicago
Porter Airlines
Airline
38 routes
Southwest Airlines from Detroit to Chicago
Southwest Airlines
Airline
283 routes
United from Detroit to Chicago
United
Airline
2002 routes
Barons Bus from Detroit to Chicago
Barons Bus
Bus company
107 routes