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Champaign-New Orleans Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Champaign to New Orleans. Traveling by train from Champaign to New Orleans usually takes around 17 hours and 13 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance710 mi (1142 km)
Fastest train17h 13m
Lowest price$118.83
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak City of New Orleans
Train lines1

Price trends for trains from Champaign to New Orleans

Monthly average prices

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Which train should you take from Champaign to New Orleans?

Amtrak City of New Orleans is the one and only train line which connects Champaign, Illinois to New Orleans, Louisiana. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak City of New Orleans117h 13m$153.74

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Champaign to New Orleans 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 New Orleans?

The distance between Champaign and New Orleans is approximately 710 miles, or 1142 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 17 hours and 13 minutes,

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 Champaign to New Orleans are the most crowded on Friday. 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 Saturday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Champaign at 10:00pm and arrives in New Orleans around 17 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Champaign to New Orleans?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to New Orleans with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from New Orleans to Champaign. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Champaign to New Orleans for $189.16.

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 New Orleans?

Arrival stations

New Orleans has one train station:

Other train stations in New Orleans:

  • Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave

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