Detroit to Chicago Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $22
Fastest Way Flight — 1h 15min
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, Alaska Airlines, jetBlue, Porter Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United, Multiple Airlines, Barons Bus
Bus
$22 · 6h 0min · 34 lb of CO2
Detroit to Chicago
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Train
$60 · 5h 17min · 60 lb of CO2
DET to CHI
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Flight
$88 · 1h 15min · 494 lb of CO2
YQG to MDW
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Detroit to Chicago Flights

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

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

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

Drive from Detroit to Chicago

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.

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

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

When to book trip from Detroit to Chicago?

On your trip from Detroit to Chicago, 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 Detroit to Chicago IL?

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.

What's the cheapest way from Detroit to Chicago?

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

How much does Amtrak cost from Detroit to Chicago?

Amtrak costs about $62 between Detroit and Chicago. 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 DET Detroit Amtrak, which is 3 miles from Detroit. Further, once you arrive at CHI Chicago Union Station or you will still have 3 miles to Chicago.

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

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Greyhound Greyhound from Detroit to Chicago
Useful Links Greyhound Contact Page Greyhound Bustracker Website
Customer Service1-214-849-8966
Customer Service Español1-800-531-5332
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Amtrak Amtrak from Detroit to Chicago
Useful Links Map Coverage Schedule Pet Policy Website
Customer Service and Reservations1-800-872-7245
International Visitors215-856-7952
Group Travel Requests1-800-872-1477
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Flight
Air Canada Air Canada from Detroit to Chicago
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Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines from Detroit to Chicago
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jetBlue jetBlue from Detroit to Chicago
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Porter Airlines Porter Airlines from Detroit to Chicago
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Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines from Detroit to Chicago
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United United from Detroit to Chicago
Useful Links Map Reservations Coverage Baggage Website
Reservations1-800-864-8331
Damaged, Delayed, or Lost Luggage & Lost Items1-800-335-2247
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Barons Bus Barons Bus from Detroit to Chicago
Useful Links Coverage FAQ Website
Customer Service888.378.3823
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