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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Colorado Springs to Chicago. Traveling by train from Colorado Springs to Chicago usually takes around 25 hours and 39 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 21 hours,

Distance928 mi (1493 km)
Fastest train21h 0m
Lowest price$144.76
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Colorado Springs, CO to Chicago, IL

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Ventura

June 6, 2021 - Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: The ride the experience. Cons: Clean the bathrooms. Tips: Be nice.

Pros: The ride the experience. Cons: Clean the bathrooms. Tips: Be nice.

What is the price of a train ticket from Colorado Springs to Chicago?

In the last month, C$155.37 was the average price of a train ticket from Colorado Springs, CO to Chicago, IL. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$133.13 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$283$189$94JulAug

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Colorado Springs to Chicago will vary between C$145 and C$272. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Colorado Springs over the next 7 days is C$145. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Colorado Springs to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$151 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Colorado Springs to Chicago in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$198 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$252$201$151$101$503020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Chicago from Colorado Springs will be about C$133.13 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Colorado Springs to Chicago?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Colorado Springs, Colorado to Chicago, Illinois. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak21d 1h 40m$192.97
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from Colorado Springs to Chicago every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $145.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Colorado Springs to Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Colorado Springs to Chicago?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Colorado Springs to Chicago, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from Colorado Springs to Chicago?

The distance between Colorado Springs and Chicago is approximately 928 miles, or 1493 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 25 hours and 39 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 21 hours,

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Colorado Springs to Chicago are the most crowded on Sunday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Colorado Springs at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Colorado Springs to Chicago?

Trains leave the station in Colorado Springs twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you change trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Colorado Springs. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Colorado Springs to Chicago for $135.95.

City Information

Colorado Springs

Boasting magnificent mountain ranges and scenic quaint old towns, Colorado Springs is a crossroad for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty of the Garden of the Gods, which features life-like red rock formations that look just like titans from the days of yore. Travelers can explore on foot or in a jeep, or as part of a guided horseback tour for a truly Wild-West experience. Other exciting outdoor landmarks include Pikes Peak and Royal Gorge. For travelers who seek a cultural experience, a trip through the Old Colorado City, which still retains the signature Wild-West vibe, will certainly be memorable.

As the home to institutions such as the Air Force Academy and the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center, Colorado Springs offers history enthusiasts a great chance to dive into the country’s rich aviation and sports history.

The Tejon Park n Ride station serves as Colorado Springs’ main bus and train station. While the city does not have an international airport, its municipal airport provides direct routes to domestic destinations like Dallas, Salt Lake City, etc.

Chicago

Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Colorado Springs?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Colorado Springs.

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Arrival stations

The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

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