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Chicago - Little Rock Train Schedule

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Other ways to get from Chicago to Little Rock

There are usually 1 daily bus trips from Chicago to Little Rock.

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$262.13
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$150.73
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Trip Summary

There are usually 4 daily train trips available from Chicago to Little Rock. Traveling by train from Chicago to Little Rock usually takes 16 hours and 40 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Texas Eagle train can make the trip in 12 hours and 57 minutes.

Distance554 mi (891 km)
Fastest train12h 57m
Lowest price$102.97
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Chicago to Little Rock

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

ANNETTE

January 29, 2024- Visiting family

Amtrak Texas Eagle

Pros: Ok. Cons: Wifi needed. Tips: No wifi.

5.0

Ronald

June 3, 2021- Business

Amtrak Texas Eagle

Pros: The travel at night and the cigarette breaks even though I don't smoke. Cons: Open the Longe car. Tips: Bring a pillow.

4.0

Marlene

November 24, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak Texas Eagle

Pros: Staff friendly, great views. Cons: Most cars are sort of smelly and gross, not bad enough for me not to ride again but def could be cleaned up. Tips: Take advantage of dining car and observation car! So fun!

What is the price of a train ticket from Chicago to Little Rock?

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Little Rock was $134.47. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 29 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $77.01 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Average prices by travel date

$206$137$69JulJul

Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Chicago to Little Rock will cost between $114 and $205. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly average prices

$206$165$124$82$41ASONDJFMAMJJ
You can find the lowest prices on this route during August. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Chicago to Little Rock, with the average price at just $128. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in November, when the average price goes up to $198. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

$275$220$165$110$553020100

Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Chicago to Little Rock. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 29 days before departure, you can save around $77.01. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Chicago to Little Rock?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Little Rock. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak318h 20m$145.04
Amtrak Texas Eagle112h 58m$188.99
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Little Rock every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $103.

  • The Amtrak Texas Eagle is a 1,306-mile train route from Chicago, Illinois to San Antonio, Texas. Because of the route’s length, the train offers sleeper car options in addition to standard coach seats. Like most Amtrak trains, the Texas Eagle features power outlets at each seat, restrooms in each car, and a cafe car where passengers can purchase food and drinks. A journey from Chicago to Little Rock on the Texas Eagle usually takes 12 hours and 58 minutes, which is best spent enjoying the incredible scenery along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Chicago and Little Rock is approximately 554 miles, or 891 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 16 hours and 40 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 12 hours and 57 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.

Wednesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Chicago to Little Rock. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Wednesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Tuesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Chicago at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 1:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Chicago to Little Rock. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Little Rock to Chicago.

City Information

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 and a top destination in Illinois.

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.

Little Rock

Little Rock is the state capital of Arkansas and is famous for its history. The city itself is named after a rocky outcrop on the Arkansas River that early travelers used as a landmark.

One of the city's many attractions is the William J. Clinton Presidential Museum, which contains a replica of the Oval Office. It is also home to the Arkansas State Capitol building, built in the image of the one in Washington D.C.

The city's River Market district offers bustling stalls selling food and local products, and there are many cafes, grocery shops, and restaurants. It serves as Little Rock's downtown hub, with art galleries and the entertainment district close by, as well as the 30-acre Riverfront Park, where you can enjoy walking, cycling, and hiking.

The city has the Clinton National Airport for air travel. There's also the Amtrak Texas Eagle service stops in the city before going to cities like Chicago, San Antonio, and even Los Angeles. Bus services come from Dallas, Austin, Texarkana, New York, and more.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Main departure station: Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

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.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

Where is the train station in Little Rock?

Main arrival station: 1400 W Markham St

Little Rock has one train station.

Train stations in Little Rock:

  • 1400 W Markham St

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