The cheapest times to fly from DTW to CIU are

  • January 1st to April 8th
  • May 14th to June 10th
  • September 17th to October 7th
  • October 29th to April 8th (except the weeks of November 12th, December 17th, and December 24th)

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 DTW to CIU is late November to early December. Prices can be as high as $1386 for Saturday flights during early August, or as low as $195 for Monday flights around late November to early December.


When to Fly to Sault Ste. Marie

Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to Sault Ste. Marie, MI (CIU) will usually cost between $195 to $833 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 August, with an average price of $555. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $288 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 DTW to CIU flight.

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

DTW to CIU Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DTW to CIU flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Detroit. 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 $208. Return trip prices are from the CIU to DTW 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 DTW to CIU 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.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from DTW to CIU while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Alpena County Regional Airport (APN) in Alpena, MI

  • 92 miles (148 km) away from CIU
  • Usually 25.16% less expensive than CIU
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to APN flights

Destination alternative #2: Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) in Traverse City, MI

  • 117 miles (188 km) away from CIU
  • Usually 16.91% less expensive than CIU
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to TVC flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DTW to CIU? 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 Chippewa County International Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?

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

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

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

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 77 available flights from DTW to CIU.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

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


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from DTW to CIU 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 0% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave CIU heading for DTW about 28 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Sault Ste. Marie, MI is about 15 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 28 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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