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The cheapest trains from Chicago to Detroit, MI

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Cheapest

$62

Average

$80

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Chicago to Detroit, MI will cost around $ 80 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 62.

Cheapest
01:25PMUnion Station5h26 07:51PMDetroit Amtrak, MI
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$621One-way
2nd Cheapest
09:30PMUnion Station9h05 07:35AMDetroit Amtrak, MI
1 changes
$991One-way

Timetable Chicago to Detroit, MI

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01:25PMUnion Station5h26 07:51PMDetroit Amtrak, MI
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09:30PMUnion Station9h05 07:35AMDetroit Amtrak, MI
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Tue
Jun 22
$45Amtrak
$34Greyhound
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Wed
Jun 23
$62Amtrak
$43Greyhound
$169skywest airlines
Thu
Jun 24
$44Amtrak
$38Greyhound
$93envoy air
Fri
Jun 25
$45Amtrak
$42Greyhound
$172Republic Airlines
Sat
Jun 26
$45Amtrak
$41Greyhound
$172Republic Airlines
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Jun 27
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$172Republic Airlines
Mon
Jun 28
$89Amtrak
$46Greyhound
$172Republic Airlines
Tue
Jun 29
$45Amtrak
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$172Republic Airlines
Wed
Jun 30
$45Amtrak
$35Greyhound
$172Republic Airlines
Thu
Jul 1
$61Amtrak
$37Greyhound
$161Republic Airlines
Fri
Jul 2
$61Amtrak
$41Greyhound
$97Republic Airlines
Sun
Jul 4
$60Amtrak
$38Greyhound
$114American Airlines
Mon
Jul 5
$76Amtrak
$42Greyhound
$149gojet airlines
Wed
Jul 7
$44Amtrak
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$108Republic Airlines
Thu
Jul 8
$35Amtrak
$33Greyhound
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Fri
Jul 9
$44Amtrak
$35Greyhound
$98skywest airlines
Sat
Jul 10
$44Amtrak
$35Greyhound
$134envoy air
Sun
Jul 11
$76Amtrak
$39Greyhound
$129envoy air
Mon
Jul 12
$60Amtrak
$37Greyhound
$149skywest airlines

The fastest trains from Chicago to Detroit, MI

Showing times and prices for Jun 23

Fastest Journey

5 h 26 m

Average

7 h 15 m

Trains per day

2

Distance

384 km

Of the 2 trains that leave Chicago for Detroit, MI every day 1 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 384 km distance in an average of 7 h 15 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 5 h 26 m .

The slowest trains will take 9 h 5 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
01:25PMUnion Station5h26 07:51PMDetroit Amtrak, MI
0 changes
$621One-way
2nd Fastest
09:30PMUnion Station9h05 07:35AMDetroit Amtrak, MI
1 changes
$991One-way

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Journey Summary

Chicago to Detroit, MI Train Information

Avg. Train Duration
5 hours 25 minutes
Train Ticket Price: $45
Trains depart from:Chicago
Trains arrive in:Detroit, MI
Distance:384 km
Train Companies:Amtrak

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.

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FAQs
How much do cheap train tickets between Chicago and Detroit, MI cost?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Chicago to Detroit, MI to cost as little as $44 (€35)  in the next 7 days.
What is the price of a train ticket to Detroit, MI from Chicago?
If you’re looking to purchase your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Chicago to Detroit, MI train price to come in at an average of $49 (€39)  one way.
How far is it from Chicago to Detroit, MI by train?
The train distance from Chicago to Detroit, MI is around 237 miles (383 km).
What is the Chicago to Detroit, MI train travel time?
The Chicago to Detroit, MI train duration is on average 5 h 26 min, which is to be expected when traveling 237 miles (383 km) between Chicago and Detroit, MI. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.
What are the first and last departure train times from Chicago to Detroit, MI?
The earliest train for this journey departs from Chicago at 6: 25 PM. The last train leaves from Chicago at 6: 25 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Chicago to Detroit, MI and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
How far in advance should I purchase a train ticket from Chicago to Detroit, MI to get the best deals?
The price of a one way train ticket from Chicago to Detroit, MI is on average $49 (€39) if you purchase 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 trip. In general, you can find train tickets from Chicago to Detroit, MI available a few months in advance.

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