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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Champaign to Carbondale. Traveling by train from Champaign to Carbondale usually takes around 3 hours and 10 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak City of New Orleans train can make the trip in 2 hours and 47 minutes.

Distance173 mi (279 km)
Fastest train2h 47m
Lowest price$14.55
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Illini Service
Train lines2

What is the price of a train ticket from Champaign to Carbondale?

In the last month, C$15.48 was the average price of a train ticket from Champaign, IL to Carbondale, IL. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. 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$13.01 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$36$24$12MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Champaign to Carbondale will vary between C$15 and C$24. Planning a train trip to Carbondale within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Champaign over the next 7 days is C$15. 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

$30$24$18$12$6JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Champaign to Carbondale by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$16 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Champaign to Carbondale in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$25 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

$30$24$18$12$63020100

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 Carbondale from Champaign will be about C$13.01 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Champaign to Carbondale?

2 train services operate from Champaign, Illinois to Carbondale, Illinois. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak City of New Orleans12h 47m$20.19
Amtrak Illini Service13h 20m$18.56

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Champaign to Carbondale 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.

How long is the train journey from Champaign to Carbondale?

The distance between Champaign and Carbondale is approximately 173 miles, or 279 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 10 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 47 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Champaign to Carbondale 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 Monday 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 Champaign at 6:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. 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 Champaign to Carbondale?

Trains leave the station in Champaign twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Carbondale with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Carbondale to Champaign. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Champaign to Carbondale for $67.90.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Champaign?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Champaign:

Other train stations in Champaign:

  • Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave

Where is the train station in Carbondale?

Arrival stations

Carbondale has one train station:

Other train stations in Carbondale:

  • 401 S Illinois Ave

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