Document and Entity Information Document - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
Oct. 24, 2018
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name Echo Global Logistics, Inc.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001426945  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2018  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   28,547,265
Entity Small Business false  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false