Cheap train tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles

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How much are train tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles?

Lowest Price$189.21
Fastest43h 10m
Daily Schedules13
train companies3
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How do you find cheap train tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Chicago to Los Angeles was $334.94. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 15 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $136.79 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles? What is the distance between Chicago to Los Angeles?

The distance between Chicago to Los Angeles is 1743.29 miles or 2804.85 km. A train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles typically takes 66 hours and 55 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, the fastest advertised duration is offered by Amtrak Southwest Chief. The fastest train trip covers the distance in 43 hours and 10 minutes to get from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Going from Chicago to Los Angeles by train takes over 66 hours to reach your destination. For a lengthy train journey we recommend you pack a great book, or download a few movies to have them available offline just in case you are outside of a service coverage area. Don't forget to bring some water and a battery pack to keep all of your electronics charged.

On Wednesday trains from Chicago to Los Angeles are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Sunday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

Amtrak has the most frequent connections between Chicago to Los Angeles

Typically there are 13 schedules to compare for your trip to Los Angeles. On the route to Los Angeles 3 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between Chicago to Los Angeles, usually offering 12 trips per day. Typically one schedule per day serves Los Angeles with direct service. Direct service might still have stops along the way, but you will not need to switch trains.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles, which start at $113.79.

Here are the 3 train companies that operate from Chicago to Los Angeles

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles start from $189.21, and on average cost $377.46. Daily there are 12 Amtrak schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd and 5 other train stations.

From Chicago to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak takes 69 hours and 36 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 43 hours and 10 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 11 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $397.65 for a one-way train ticket to Los Angeles.

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Avg. Time
2d 21h 36m
Avg. Price
$377.46

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Amtrak Southwest Chief train tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles start from $189.21, and on average cost $240.27. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Southwest Chief schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak Southwest Chief in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station,

From Chicago to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak Southwest Chief takes 43 hours and 13 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak Southwest Chief offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 43 hours and 10 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Southwest Chief scheduled trip per day, which will cost $254.81 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

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Avg. Time
1d 19h 13m
Avg. Price
$240.27

Amtrak Texas Eagle

Amtrak Texas Eagle train tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles start from $189.21, and on average cost $261.10. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Texas Eagle schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak Texas Eagle in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station,

From Chicago to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak Texas Eagle takes 65 hours and 53 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak Texas Eagle offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 43 hours and 10 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Texas Eagle scheduled trip per day, which will cost $292.97 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

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Avg. Time
2d 17h 53m
Avg. Price
$261.10

Plan your next adventure

There is one train station from which trains depart Chicago on their way to Los Angeles. For this route, the busiest departing train stations in Chicago are:
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
There are 6 different stations where trains arrive to in Los Angeles. You can review and use the directions feature on Wanderu to see which station is closest to your final destination. These are the busiest arriving stations in Los Angeles:
  • Union Station
  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • Catalina Express Terminal
  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd
  • 931 S Gaffey St
  • 6860 Park Terrace Dr