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Train Information from Chicago to Detroit, MI

distanceDistance237 miles (383 km)
durationAverage train duration5 h 4 min
priceAverage train ticket price$41 (€33)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak

Trains from Chicago to Detroit, MI cover the 237 miles (383 km) long trip taking on average 5 h 4 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. There are direct train services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as $35 (€28), but the average price of train tickets is $41 (€33).

Amtrak

Amtrak is the main train provider in the United States. There are several different ticket types including Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and First Class for you to book for your next journey by train between Chicago and Detroit, MI.

Omio helps you find the perfect Chicago - Detroit, MI train with Amtrak. Whether you are searching for the fastest, earliest or cheapest train between Chicago and Detroit, MI, Omio shows you Amtrak’s current train schedules, tickets, prices and other travel information (such as baggage allowance and amenities onboard) to help you find the best train ticket for your upcoming Chicago to Detroit, MI journey. You can expect to travel around 237 miles (383 km) from Chicago to Detroit, MI on a train with Amtrak. Once you are ready, buy your one-way Amtrak tickets from Chicago to Detroit, MI starting as low as $35 (€28) if you book in advance. If you use the Omio app to book your ticket, you can check straight away to see if it's a mobile ticket so that you can go paperless when traveling by train instead of purchasing tickets at the train station in person. So, book your tickets with ease and comfort online and enjoy a smooth journey with Amtrak!

These are Amtrak's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train between Chicago and Detroit, MI:

  • 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.

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Trains from Chicago to Detroit, MI
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FAQs
How much are cheap trains to Detroit, MI from Chicago?
Omio customers have found cheap train tickets to Detroit, MI from Chicago for as low as $35 (€28)  for the next 7 days.
What is the cost of a train between Chicago and Detroit, MI?
The Chicago to Detroit, MI train ticket price is on average $41 (€33)  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this journey in the next week.
How many miles 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 a train between Chicago and Detroit, MI on average?
On average the Chicago to Detroit, MI train time is 5 h 4 min  covering the 237 miles (383 km) long journey, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
Which train providers can take me between Chicago and Detroit, MI?
For the trip from Chicago to Detroit, MI you can take a train with Amtrak. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services to Detroit, MI from Chicago on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
What are the first and last departure train times from Chicago to Detroit, MI?
You can take the earliest train from Chicago to Detroit, MI at 12: 05 PM   or take the last train from Chicago to Detroit, MI leaving at 10: 50 PM. Look for the latest Chicago to Detroit, MI train schedules on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this route.
How far in advance should I buy a train ticket from Chicago to Detroit, MI to get the best deals?
You can find trains from Chicago to Detroit, MI to cost on average $41 (€33) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your route. You’ll see tickets for the Chicago to Detroit, MI train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.