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There are 3 daily trains from Chicago to Macomb. Traveling by train from Chicago to Macomb usually takes around 3 hours and 52 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Carl Sandburg train can make the trip in 3 hours and 19 minutes.
|Distance||186 mi (300 km)|
|Fastest train||3h 19m|
|Trains per day||2|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak Carl Sandburg|
What is the price of a train ticket from Chicago to Macomb?
In the last month, $34.63 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Macomb. 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 $52.83 more than that for a same-day booking.
Average prices by travel date
Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Macomb will vary between C$34 and C$63. Planning a train trip to Macomb within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is C$35. 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
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Chicago to Macomb by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$32 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Macomb in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$63 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
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 Macomb from Chicago will be about C$52.83 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.
Which train should you take from Chicago to Macomb?
There are 3 train lines with service from Chicago to Macomb. There is only one daily train on each service.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak||2||1d 3h 11m||$242.43|
|Amtrak Carl Sandburg||1||3h 19m||$36.66|
|Amtrak Illinois Zephyr||1||3h 20m||$46.27|
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 2 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Macomb every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $66.
Amtrak Carl Sandburg
The Amtrak Carl Sandburg, named after the Pulitzer-winning author, is a sister service to the Illinois Zephyr. Both operate daily services between Chicago and Quincy with additional stops in Naperville and Kewanee. Whether you buy a coach class or business class ticket, you'll have plenty of legroom and complimentary WiFi, plus access to refreshments at the onboard cafe.
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr
The Illinois Zephyr is a passenger train operated by Amtrak, running between Quincy and Chicago. Taking the train from Chicago to Macomb is a comfortable option, and tickets on this route cost on average. The Illinois Zephyr and its sister train, the Carl Sandburg, serve one of Amtrak's most popular lines. The train features amenities such as airline-style coach seating, a cafe on board, power outlets, restrooms, and Wi-Fi.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Macomb 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 Macomb?
How long is the train journey from Chicago to Macomb?
The distance between Chicago and Macomb is approximately 186 miles, or 300 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 52 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 19 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?
Sunday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Chicago to Macomb. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Sunday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Saturday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.
When are the first and last trains of the day?
The earliest train departs Chicago at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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 Macomb?
There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Macomb. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.
You can also take a train for your return trip from Macomb to 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.
Where is the train station in Chicago?
Main departure station: Union Station
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:
Albany-Rensselaer Train Station
Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave
Union Station - 1 Union Pl
Downtown Transit Center - Pearl St
Syracuse Hancock Intl Apt
Marble Valley Regional Transit
Tour Bus Parking Area
Harrisburg Transportation Center
Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St
105 S Market St
Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E
Where is the train station in Macomb?
Main arrival station: 120 E Calhoun St
Macomb has one train station.
Train stations in Macomb:
120 E Calhoun St
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