Amtrak’s Wolverine trains travel between Chicago and Pontiac, Michigan three times a day in each direction. It is the longest Michigan rail route, but not all trains travel the entire distance between these two cities. Once on board, enjoy amenities such as a quiet car, business class seating, cafe and free WiFi.


You can view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets. If you know your start and end stations, you can also use the Amtrak website to create a custom timetable.

Things to know:

  • Trip time between Chicago and Detroit is about 5 hours.
  • Trains depart from Chicago before 8 a.m., in the afternoon and early evening. Note that Chicago is on Central Time and Michigan is in the Eastern Time Zone.
  • The first train to depart Pontiac leaves before 6 a.m. with an arrival around 10:30 a.m. in Chicago (without any delays)

Major Stops

  • Chicago
  • Kalamazoo
  • Ann Arbor
  • Detroit
  • Pontiac


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