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Chicago - Quincy Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Chicago to Quincy. Traveling by train from Chicago to Quincy usually takes around 4 hours and 22 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance239 mi (384 km)
Fastest train4h 22m
Lowest price$44.80
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Carl Sandburg
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Quincy

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)




October 12, 2022- Business

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Not having to drive :) and it was quiet.

Not having to drive :) and it was quiet.



August 26, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Carl Sandburg

Pros: I hate driving - so I always appreciate being able to get on a train, throw my earphones on and "chill" for the 4.5 hour trip. Cons: Arm rests. Even if it's just on one side per chair (window chair has an armrest against the window and the aisle seat have an armr...

Pros: I hate driving - so I always appreciate being able to get on a train, throw my earphones on and "chill" for the 4.5 hour trip. Cons: Arm rests. Even if it's just on one side per chair (window chair has an armrest against the window and the aisle seat have an armrest on the side at the aisle and no armrest in the middle) ...armrest(s) would be the ONE thing that would fully improve any trip on the train. ... Also, the wifi never seems to work as it should on my return trips from Chicago, I don't know why, but it'll either refuse to connect OR it'll connect but still never actually work. Tips: When taking the train, just sit back and relax - you're in good hands. I always pack cordless earbuds and a charger to keep my phone charged and play music during my 4.5 hr travel on the train... Also, the train always seems to be cold: so if you're like me, then packing a sweater or small blanket to have on the train in always a good choice. the seats do recline, and there is a surprisingly good amount of leg space - so get comfy (though, always be considerate of any person(s) behind you before reclining, and in general, have common sense and environmental awareness for what/who's around you to ensure you're being respectful of other people's space and whatnot).




July 2, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Carl Sandburg

Pros: I HATE long car rides... And my my trip on the train was 4·5 hours long one way - I definitely got motion sickness my the time I was on my return trip home... But the trip itself was pleasant: the seats were comfortable and spacious, I was able to charge my phone...

Pros: I HATE long car rides... And my my trip on the train was 4·5 hours long one way - I definitely got motion sickness my the time I was on my return trip home... But the trip itself was pleasant: the seats were comfortable and spacious, I was able to charge my phone and the other passengers nearby were very pleasant to sit next to - it was a good trip. Cons: My trip was about 4.5 hours long... The one thing that would have made the trip 100% a great experience would have been if there were arm rests.... The only other notable issue I could really complain about was the fact that on the return trip home, the wifi did not connect at all (the previous trip, it worked great but on thia one, for whatever reason, the wifi just did not work at all). Tips: My tip for other travelers would be 1. Wear something comfortable - my trip was 4.5 hours long, if yours is also a longer one: put comfort first. My other tip would be: don't be afraid to say hello to your seatmate/those around you... I had a long trip, I did bring earphones for music, but I ended up chatting with some very friendly neighbors for most of the trip instead - made a couple new friends.




June 30, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Carl Sandburg

Pros: Not needing to drive. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

Pros: Not needing to drive. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

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

In the last month, $48.90 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Quincy. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 25 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $24.30 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 Quincy will vary between C$45 and C$79. Planning a train trip to Quincy within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is C$46. 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 Quincy by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$42 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Quincy in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$60 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 25 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Quincy from Chicago will be about C$24.30 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Quincy?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Quincy. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Carl Sandburg14h 22m$56.96
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr14h 22m$66.35
  • 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.

  • The Illinois Zephyr is a passenger train operated by Amtrak, running between Quincy and Chicago. Taking the train from Chicago to Quincy 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

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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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.

The distance between Chicago and Quincy is approximately 239 miles, or 384 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 22 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.

Trains from Chicago to Quincy are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Chicago at 7:00am 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.

Trains leave the station in Chicago twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Quincy with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

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

City Information


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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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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:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Quincy?

Main arrival station: N 30th St and Wisman Ln

Quincy has one train station.

Train stations in Quincy:

  • N 30th St and Wisman Ln

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