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The cheapest trains from Detroit, MI to Chicago

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Cheapest

$78

Average

$78

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 Detroit, MI to Chicago will cost around $ 78 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 78.

Cheapest
06:26AMDetroit Amtrak, MI5h07 10:33AMUnion Station
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$781One-way

Timetable Detroit, MI to Chicago

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06:26AMDetroit Amtrak, MI5h07 10:33AMUnion Station
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Jun 18
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$55Greyhound
$755Alaska Airlines
Sat
Jun 19
$78Amtrak
$46Greyhound
$181envoy air
Sun
Jun 20
$61Amtrak
$50Greyhound
$145envoy air
Mon
Jun 21
$77Amtrak
$41Greyhound
$169skywest airlines
Tue
Jun 22
$44Amtrak
$37Greyhound
$145envoy air
Wed
Jun 23
$44Amtrak
$39Greyhound
$93skywest airlines
Thu
Jun 24
$62Amtrak
$34Greyhound
$133envoy air
Fri
Jun 25
$106Amtrak
$35Greyhound
$133skywest airlines
Sat
Jun 26
$44Amtrak
$36Greyhound
$210skywest airlines
Sun
Jun 27
$45Amtrak
$39Greyhound
$169envoy air
Mon
Jun 28
$44Amtrak
$40Greyhound
$160skywest airlines
Tue
Jun 29
$35Amtrak
$33Greyhound
$97skywest airlines
Wed
Jun 30
$44Amtrak
$36Greyhound
$107skywest airlines
Thu
Jul 1
$44Amtrak
$42Greyhound
$129skywest airlines
Fri
Jul 2
$61Amtrak
$45Greyhound
$119skywest airlines
Sat
Jul 3
$61Amtrak
$45Greyhound
$119Republic Airlines
Sun
Jul 4
$44Amtrak
$42Greyhound
$107skywest airlines
Mon
Jul 5
$44Amtrak
$38Greyhound
$129envoy air
Tue
Jul 6
$44Amtrak
$39Greyhound
$119envoy air
Wed
Jul 7
$45Amtrak
$36Greyhound
$119Republic Airlines
Thu
Jul 8
$61Amtrak
$37Greyhound
$108skywest airlines

The fastest trains from Detroit, MI to Chicago

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Fastest Journey

5 h 7 m

Average

5 h 7 m

Trains per day

1

Distance

384 km

Of the 1 trains that leave Detroit, MI for Chicago 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 5 h 7 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 5 h 7 m .

The slowest trains will take 5 h 7 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
06:26AMDetroit Amtrak, MI5h07 10:33AMUnion Station
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$781One-way

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Journey Summary

Detroit, MI to Chicago Train Information

Avg. Train Duration
5 hours 9 minutes
Train Ticket Price: $46
Trains depart from:Detroit, MI
Trains arrive in:Chicago
Distance:384 km
Train Companies:Amtrak

Trains from Detroit to Chicago

There are many exciting things for visitors to see in Chicago. Attractions in this third most populous city in the United States include museums, parks, skyscrapers, and much more cool stuff hidden away. The city has a rich culture and artistic history. Boarding a train to Chicago from Detroit is a great way to see the beautiful state of Michigan, without wasting time in a plane or an airport, and way better than sitting for hours in traffic. The distance between the two cities is 237 miles (381 kilometers). A train from Detroit to Chicago will usually take around 5 hours and 14 minutes to complete the journey, but passengers who want to get there faster can board the fastest train via Amtrak and arrive at Chicago 4 hours and 49 minutes later. Amtrak provides three direct trains from Detroit to Chicago every day. Two are offered in the morning while the last one is available in the evening. The trains are busiest during Sundays, and Thursdays tend to be the least crowded day of the week and is the perfect day for travelers who require a little more space for themselves.

Which train companies travel from Detroit to Chicago?

Amtrak is a company that provides regular services via train from Detroit to Chicago. It provides three direct connections from Detroit Train Station to Chicago Union Station with stops at Ann Arbor, Holland, Jackson, Durand, Flint, Grand Rapids, Hammond, Buffalo, and a couple more.

How long is the train ride from Detroit to Chicago?

A train from Detroit to Chicago typically takes an average of 5 hours and 14 minutes, but Amtrak offers the fastest train from Detroit to Chicago that travels the 237 mile (381 kilometer) distance in just 4 hours and 49 minutes after making various stops along the way including Ann Arbor, Holland, Jackson, Durand, Flint, Grand Rapids, Hammond, and Buffalo.

How many trains are there from Detroit to Chicago?

Amtrak provides three direct trains from Detroit to Chicago every day. Two are offered during morning hours while the last one is available in the evening, with times differing slightly depending on the date. 21 trains depart from Detroit Train Station to arrive at Chicago Union Station every week, amounting to around 90 each month. The first train from Detroit to Chicago generally departs at 6:33 a.m. while the last train leaves at 6:18 p.m. There are more people traveling on Sunday than on any other day of the week, so passengers who abhor overcrowding should avoid traveling on this day. The day with the least activity along this route is Thursday, and passengers who want extra space would feel more comfortable traveling then.

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

Departure station: Detroit Train Station is located only three miles north of the city center. A bus traveling from the city to the station and vice versa will take 10 minutes, and passengers who choose to walk can cover the distance in an hour. Once there, available amenities include ATM services, Quick-Trak kiosks, and same-day and overnight parking. Passengers can access baggage storage at a cost, and station staff is ready to provide any luggage assistance when needed. An elevator, wheelchairs, and wheelchair lifts are present for people with limited mobility. The waiting area, ticket office, and the restrooms are also accessible. Travelers who need any ticketing assistance or who are checking baggage are advised to arrive at the station 45 minutes before the departure time. The waiting room can be accessed every day of the week from morning to midnight. The station receives over 60,000 passengers every year. Amtrak offers ticketing and baggage assistance for travelers.

Arrival station: Over three million passengers pass through Chicago Union Station every year, making it the fourth busiest train station in the United States. It is located on the west side of the Chicago River, half a mile (0.8 kilometers) from the city center, and travelers can walk to and from the station in 11 minutes. A trip by bus will take about six minutes. Chicago Union Station hosts over 30 restaurants giving visitors a variety of dining options. The station also features a shoeshine, several Chicago News Now locations, MobileQubes for mobile phone charging, a floral shop, and a lactation pod to give mothers who are traveling with toddlers privacy when breastfeeding. Amtrak passengers wait at the Great Hall for general boarding. Eligible passengers can access premier waiting and boarding at the Metropolitan Lodge, and additional charges may apply. The station complies with the ADA Act, its main entrance is accessible, and elevators are fitted to assist travelers with limited mobility. Wheelchairs and wheelchair elevators can be availed upon request. The station also features accessible toilets, a ticket office, and a waiting room.

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FAQs
How much do cheap train tickets from Detroit, MI to Chicago cost?
Train tickets from Detroit, MI to Chicago for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $44 (€35)  one way in the next 7 days.
How much does it cost to take a train from Detroit, MI to Chicago?
If you’re looking to buy your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Detroit, MI to Chicago train price to come in at an average of $61 (€48)  one way.
How far is it from Detroit, MI to Chicago by train?
The Detroit, MI to Chicago train distance is approximately 237 miles (383 km).
What is the Detroit, MI to Chicago train travel time?
On average the Detroit, MI to Chicago train travel time is 5 h 7 min  for the 237 miles (383 km) long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
When can I take the first train from Detroit, MI to Chicago? When can I take the last train for the day?
The earliest train departing from Detroit, MI to Chicago leaves at 10: 26 AM. The last train departing from Detroit, MI to Chicago leaves at 10: 26 AM. You can find the latest Detroit, MI to Chicago 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 a train ticket from Detroit, MI to Chicago to get the best deals?
If you purchase a train ticket from Detroit, MI to Chicago within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $61 (€48) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets between Detroit, MI and Chicago are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.