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Overview: Train from Chicago to Detroit, MI

distanceDistance237 miles (383 km)
durationAverage train duration5 h 26 min
priceAverage train ticket price$45 (€37)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersAmtrak

Trains from Chicago to Detroit, MI cover the 237 miles (383 km) long route taking on average 5 h 26 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $45 (€37), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $44 (€37).

Train companies: Amtrak from Chicago to Detroit, MI trains

For as little as $44 (€37) you can travel by train from Chicago to Detroit, MI with Amtrak. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this journey.

Amtrak

Amtrak is the main train company in the United States and operates medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 American states and 3 Canadian provinces. With over 300 Amtrak trains running daily, you can travel by train across America and explore destinations near and far. Take the Acela train for high-speed services connecting popular cities in the Northeast, the Coast Starlight to travel up and down the stunning West Coast or the Empire Builder to travel from Chicago to the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest among others. Amtrak offers different class options to suit any traveler’s budget with classes like Coach, Business, First and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. When you book your train journey between Chicago and Detroit, MI, you can choose between ticket types like Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium.

  • Average Price: $44

Amtrak has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and traveling by train to Detroit, MI from Chicago:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • Change fees have been waived for all reservations made before March 31, 2021.
  • If you've booked with Omio, to change your reservation, go to Amtrak.com (Modify Trip) or the Amtrak app. A fare difference may apply to your new itinerary. If you want to cancel your reservation, you must call 800-USA-RAIL (not available via Amtrak.com or the app).

Trains from Chicago to Detroit

Passengers choosing to travel from Chicago to Detroit by train should plan for a 5 hour 36 minute trip. The distance between Chicago to Detroit is 237.17 miles (381.6 kilometers). Many train companies service the route, but if one is looking for the fastest advertised duration, then they should choose to travel via Amtrak Wolverine. Wolverine trains from Chicago to Detroit cover the distance in under 5 hours and 4 minutes on a good day. The trip is short enough to make in a morning or afternoon, and is a great excuse to sit back, relax, and watch the beautiful state of Michigan pass by. Besides, taking the train is a much greener way of getting to and from Detroit as opposed to driving or flying. Tuesdays are always the busiest day along this route so passengers wanting to travel on this day should book their tickets in advance. Fridays, the least traveled day of the week.

Which train companies travel from Chicago to Detroit

There are two train companies operating the Chicago to Detroit route. These companies are Amtrak and Amtrak Wolverine. The company with the most scheduled departures is Amtrak Wolverine, which offers a total of three daily routes. The company is also the only one offering direct connections to Detroit. Passengers using trains from Chicago to Detroit should take direct connections if they want to reach their destinations faster. A direct train departs from Detroit Amtrak station to Chicago Union Station daily. The connecting train from Chicago to Detroit departs three times a day.

How long is the train ride from Chicago to Detroit

A train from Chicago to Detroit takes 5 hours 36 minutes to arrive at its destination. However, if one is in a hurry to reach Detroit, then they should choose the services offered by Amtrak Wolverine, who offer routes that take just over 5 hours with a direct route. Booking in advance is the best way to secure seats on this service.

How many trains are there from Chicago to Detroit

The two train companies offer at least three daily connections to Detroit from Chicago. The first train leaves Chicago by 7:00 a.m., and the last train leaves the city by 5:00 p.m., giving passengers loads of choices for their preferred route. There is at least one daily direct Amtrak route per day. An Amtrak train from Chicago to Detroit can take up to 6 hours, 54 minutes, if it has many scheduled stops, so be sure to book the ticket carefully. However, an express schedule only takes 5 hours 4 minutes. Besides, Amtrak has one scheduled trip per day for every weekend.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Chicago to Detroit

Departure station: Passengers traveling by train from Chicago to Detroit will depart from Chicago Union Station. The station is the only remaining intercity terminal in Chicago and is the city's principal terminal for commuter trains. Some of the facilities one can find in the station include free WiFi, free electrical charging outlets, ATM services, a metropolitan lounge, payphones, restrooms, ticket sales offices and vending machines. The station's boarding gates usually closes five minutes before departure, and passengers with baggage or need are required to arrive at the station at least 60 minutes before departure. Other passengers can arrive at the station at least 45 minutes before departure. One should note that the Union Station has no available parking, although there are other available public parking lots nearby the station. Union Station is within walking distance from the city center, and the station is located at the corner of Canal and Jackson Street.

Arrival station: Passengers along this route will arrive at Detroit's Amtrak station, located in New Center, Northwest of Downtown. The station is also known as Baltimore Street Station. It is an intermodal transit station which currently serves Amtrak and Greyhound Line Transport buses. The facilities one can access at the station include ATM services, elevator, restrooms Quik-Trak kiosks, ticket sales office, restrooms, waiting room, water fountain, wheelchair, wheelchair elevator. There are no payphones, vending machines, or WiFi at the station, and the boarding gates close five minutes before departure. Passengers with baggage or who need ticketing assistance are required to arrive at the station 45 minutes prior departure. Other passengers are expected to be at the station at least 30 minutes before departure. The station also has the same day and overnight parking facilities. Detroit Amtrak station is open daily 24 hours a day, and passengers within the city who wishes to book a train from Chicago to Detroit can take a short walk to the station or use one of the Greyhound buses with stops at the station. Alternatively, one can also use a taxi to access the station.

Travel Tips: Trains from Chicago to Detroit, MI

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FAQs

How much do cheap train tickets to Detroit, MI from Chicago cost?

If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Chicago to Detroit, MI trains for as little as $44 (€37)  in the next 7 days.

How much does it cost to take a train from Chicago to Detroit, MI?

If you are looking to book your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Chicago to Detroit, MI train to cost on average $45 (€37)  one way.

How far is it from Chicago to Detroit, MI by train?

The distance to Detroit, MI from Chicago by train is approximately 237 miles (383 km).

How long is the train from Chicago to Detroit, MI?

On average the Chicago to Detroit, MI train travel time is 5 h 26 min  for the 237 miles (383 km) long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.

Which train providers should I travel with from Chicago to Detroit, MI?

When taking a train from Chicago to Detroit, MI, you can count on Amtrak for the best way to get you to Detroit, MI. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service between Chicago and Detroit, MI and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.

Can I book a direct train from Chicago to Detroit, MI?

Yes, you can search for direct trains from Chicago to Detroit, MI on Omio with Amtrak, and you won’t need to transfer at another stop in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when traveling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase your train ticket.

When is the earliest train from Chicago to Detroit, MI? When is the last train from Chicago to Detroit, MI?

The earliest train departing from Chicago to Detroit, MI leaves at 1: 20 PM. The last train departing from Chicago to Detroit, MI leaves at 10: 00 PM. You can find the latest Chicago to Detroit, MI train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.

How far in advance should I buy train tickets between Chicago and Detroit, MI for the best deals?

The price of a one way train ticket from Chicago to Detroit, MI is on average $45 (€37) if you buy within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train companies offering this journey. In general, you can find train tickets between Chicago and Detroit, MI available a few months in advance.