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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to San Jose?

Lowest price$197.67
Fastest train53h 45m
Trains per day4
Train lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to San Jose 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 Chicago to San Jose?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Chicago to San Jose. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

What is the price of a train ticket from Chicago to San Jose?

In the last month, $256.68 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to San Jose, CA. Given how far apart Chicago and San Jose are from each other, there's no getting around the fact that most train tickets are on the pricier side. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 26 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $193.92 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to San Jose?

The distance between Chicago and San Jose is approximately 1838 miles, or 2958 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 66 hours and 6 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 53 hours and 45 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 Chicago to San Jose 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 Chicago at 1:00pm 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.

Is there a direct train from Chicago to San Jose?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Jose to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to San Jose for $268.98.

Which train should you take from Chicago to San Jose?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Chicago, Illinois to San Jose, California. However, there are 4 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak42d 18h 7m$289.31

Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to San Jose start from $198, and on average cost $289. Daily there are 4 Amtrak schedules to San Jose. Amtrak in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in San Jose trains arrive at Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St, From Chicago to San Jose train travel on Amtrak takes 66 hours and 7 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Jose faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 53 hours and 45 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 5 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $293 for a one-way train ticket to San Jose.

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