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About Amtrak Lincoln Service

The Lincoln Service is a train line part of Amtrak's Illinois Service. The Lincoln Service is a rebranding of the former State House route, which had operated between Chicago and St. Louis since 1973. The Lincoln Service is an intercity higher-speed rail, meaning that it runs at a higher speed than conventional rail routes.

The Lincoln Service follows a 284-mile route that takes around 5 hours and 20 minutes to travel from Chicago to St. Louis, with stops in nine Illinois destinations along the way including Pontiac, Normal, Springfield, and Alton.

Amtrak's Lincoln Service trains are equipped with WiFi and a cafe car, ensuring easy access to entertainment or food. Most trains also offer power outlets for charging devices and toilet facilities in every car. Business-class tickets are available, to treat yourself to upgraded seats and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.

Amtrak Lincoln Service offers early-morning services at 4:30 am and 6:40 am from St. Louis, perfect for a day trip into Chicago. The earliest departure from Chicago going the opposite direction leaves at 7:15 am and arrives in St. Louis midday.

Amtrak Lincoln Service has been an official partner of Wanderu since 2015, creating a one-stop destination for customers to search routes, tickets, and prices with ease. Don't forget to enter your Amtrak Guest Rewards number at checkout to earn valuable points on your purchase.

Contact Amtrak Lincoln Service

Phone number: US: 1 (800) 872-7245

Online support: Amtrak Lincoln Service website

Amtrak Lincoln Service Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
Extra legroomExtra legroom
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Amtrak Lincoln Service train coverage

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What travelers are saying about Amtrak Lincoln Service

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Amtrak Lincoln Service had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 147 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 184 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 223 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 255 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 250 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 237 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 246 reviews

Amtrak Lincoln Service reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Lincoln Service

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Amtrak Lincoln Service passenger reviews



February 16, 2024- Visiting family

St Louis to Chicago

Pros: I love it. Cons: None. Tips: Use this every time.



February 1, 2024- Solo travel

Chicago to Springfield

Pros: The people were nice. Cons: The bathroom door lock was broken felt very uncomfortable people kept walking by seeing me use the washroom from time to time whenever I had to use it that was the only thing.



January 25, 2024- Visiting family

St Louis to Chicago

Pros: On-time Upgrade the business. What's not really worth it. Cons: Way too many bounces and not enough. Counter balances make it a smooth ride. Tips: Don't go sleep Deprived.



November 20, 2023- Solo travel

Chicago to St Louis

Pros: It was confy. Cons: More space or more services becouse of the prive. Tips: No.



November 4, 2023- Vacation

St Louis to Chicago

very nice and clean train ride. The staff kept us updated on any delays

Amtrak Lincoln Service Routes & Network

Amtrak Lincoln Service’s train network features 76 train routes that connect 11 cities serving 11 stations. On average, Amtrak Lincoln Service performs about 81 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Lincoln Service offers the highest number of daily train service include Normal and Joliet.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Lincoln Service

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Chicago129:30 am2:35 am
St Louis1212:15 pm3:19 am
Normal149:30 am1:38 am
Springfield119:30 am3:47 am
Joliet129:30 am2:46 am
Alton1310:30 am4:19 am
Summit109:30 am2:35 am
Lincoln119:30 am2:38 am
Pontiac212:36 pm1:17 am

Most popular Amtrak Lincoln Service routes

The train from Normal to Joliet is Amtrak Lincoln Service’s most popular route. Trips from Chicago to Joliet and Chicago to St Louis are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Lincoln Service routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Normal to Joliet31h 19m$8
Chicago to Joliet30h 52m$7
Chicago to St Louis34h 56m$27
Chicago to Normal32h 3m$12
Chicago to Springfield33h 2m$20
Alton to Chicago34h 16m$24
St Louis to Springfield31h 41m$14
Joliet to St Louis34h 3m$26
St Louis to Normal32h 35m$20

Amtrak Lincoln Service Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Lincoln Service tickets can be cancelled for a full refund within the first 24 hours after purchase. If more than 24 hours have passed, the cancellation policy and change fee structure for Amtrak bookings depend on the type of fare you purchased:

Saver Fare tickets: A 25% fee applies for any changes. If you cancel the trip, you will receive an eVoucher worth 75% of the original ticket price.

Value Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable up to 15 or more days before departure. If cancelled less than 14 days before departure, a 25% cancellation fee applies.

Flexible, Business and Premium Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable if cancelled or changed before departure.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable after the train has departed, so be sure to make your updates as soon as possible if your travel plans change.

If your Amtrak Lincoln Service ticket is eligible for change or cancellation, you can do that by calling Amtrak’s customer service phone number at 1 (800) 872-7245. To cancel or change your booking online, simply go to and click on the “Modify Trip” tab in the upper right corner.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase when booking your tickets. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and coverage for lost or damaged baggage, trip protection can help you get your money back in case you need to cancel or change your trip. You can file a claim to have any Amtrak change or cancellation fees reimbursed if you cannot travel due to covered reasons such as illness, extreme weather, or required work shifts.

Amtrak Lincoln Service Train Guide & FAQs

Yes, Amtrak Lincoln Service offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Lincoln Service will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Amtrak Lincoln Service WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak Lincoln Service trains. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Amtrak Lincoln Service might sometimes use replacement train vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

On a typical day, Amtrak Lincoln Service has 81 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

No, Amtrak Lincoln Service does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Yes, Amtrak Lincoln Service requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Lincoln Service trains. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Amtrak Lincoln Service provides snacks to satisfy your hunger during your travels. Be sure to pack a credit card and some cash in case you get hungry.

Amtrak Lincoln Service does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.

Amtrak Lincoln Service goes the extra distance to deliver premium features to its customers.

Do you find yourself squished in a regular seat or just love having extra room to sprawl out? Well you’re in luck as Amtrak Lincoln Service offers extra legroom seating. Since there is no standard of what extra legroom is, the extra space you get may vary between train lines, but getting extra is always good.

Cheap Amtrak Lincoln Service tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 81 Amtrak Lincoln Service trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Lincoln Service tickets start at just $5.43. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Amtrak Lincoln Service tickets?

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