The cheapest times to fly from CIU to DTW are

  • January 8th to June 10th (except the weeks of April 9th, April 16th, April 23rd, and May 7th)
  • September 10th to December 16th (except the weeks of September 17th, October 8th, and October 15th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from CIU to DTW is late November to early December. Prices can be as high as $1280 for Saturday flights during early to mid August, or as low as $195 for Monday flights around late November to early December.


When to Fly to Detroit

Flying from Sault Ste. Marie, MI (CIU) to Detroit, MI (DTW) will usually cost between $195 to $829 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late November to early December with an average ticket price of $267. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid August, with an average price of $535. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $268 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $237 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CIU to DTW flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the CIU to DTW route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

CIU to DTW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CIU to DTW flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Sault Ste. Marie. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.52, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $630 (75%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $206. Return trip prices are from the DTW to CIU flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from CIU to DTW can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 30 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from CIU to DTW? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 3 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport to Chippewa County International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 284 miles or 457 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from CIU to DTW?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CIU to DTW flight is about 1 hour 30 minutes.

How many flights go between Sault Ste. Marie, MI and Detroit, MI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 128 available flights from CIU to DTW.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code CIU
Origination airport name Chippewa County International Airport
City Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Country the United States
Latitude 46.3
Longitude -84.5

Return Airport

Destination code DTW
Destination airport name Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport
City Detroit, MI
Country the United States
Latitude 42.2
Longitude -83.4


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from CIU to DTW tend to depart much later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 44% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 19% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave DTW heading for CIU about 29 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Detroit, MI is about 22 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 29 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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