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Trip Summary

There are 21 daily trains from Chicago to Waterloo. Traveling by train from Chicago to Waterloo usually takes around 42 hours and 12 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Limited train can make the trip in 2 hours and 43 minutes.

Distance138 mi (222 km)
Fastest train2h 43m
Lowest price$33.34
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Waterloo

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.3

4.0

Khayla

January 2, 2020- Couples trip

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Pros: Decent space, snacks available, and ports to charge electronics. Cons: On my first trip I did was not able to sit next to my significant other, reserved seating or something similar at least would be nice. We were able to sit with each other on the way back and t...

Pros: Decent space, snacks available, and ports to charge electronics. Cons: On my first trip I did was not able to sit next to my significant other, reserved seating or something similar at least would be nice. We were able to sit with each other on the way back and that was much better. Tips: Wifi was not working on the train ride back, if you are in coach you can not use the upper food station only the snack station, also I felt pretty warm (not a complaint just bring layers you can take off so if you are too warm you can be more comfortable).

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4.0

Susan

October 8, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Pros: Getting home. Cons: As usual, the train left on time but kept stopping here and there due to freight train priorities. Bottom line - almost 2 hours late at the drop off destination. Tips: If you are on a rigid time schedule, avoid Amtrak. They lease the rails and...

Pros: Getting home. Cons: As usual, the train left on time but kept stopping here and there due to freight train priorities. Bottom line - almost 2 hours late at the drop off destination. Tips: If you are on a rigid time schedule, avoid Amtrak. They lease the rails and as a result, you will sit and wait until the way is clear. If time is not an issue, all is good! Friendly, efficient staff. The choo choo is a lot cheaper than an airplane, but it comes with a price.

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5.0

Ben

August 17, 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

I don't remember the names of the staff on my train home on 8/16 at 9:30pm from Chicago to Waterloo, but they were some of the nicest people I came in contact with after a month of traveling on different airlines, trains and busses. I hope whoever receives this knows, ...

I don't remember the names of the staff on my train home on 8/16 at 9:30pm from Chicago to Waterloo, but they were some of the nicest people I came in contact with after a month of traveling on different airlines, trains and busses. I hope whoever receives this knows, and thanks them for me.

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4.0

Chilimbiso

May 30, 2019- Business

Amtrak Capitol Limited

wifi is a must for me.. it was a very long trip.

wifi is a must for me.. it was a very long trip.

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

In the last month, $207.02 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Waterloo. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $2.45 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$346$231$115MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Waterloo will vary between C$132 and C$330. Planning a train trip to Waterloo within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is C$132. 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

$224$180$135$90$45JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Chicago to Waterloo by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$38 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Waterloo in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$215 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

$321$256$192$128$643020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 24 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Waterloo from Chicago will be about C$2.45 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Waterloo?

There are 3 train lines with service from Chicago to Waterloo. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 18 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak182d 12h 22m$333.88
Amtrak Capitol Limited12h 43m$44.16
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited22h 45m$38.03
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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 18 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Waterloo every day, as well as 9 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $52.

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  • Amtrak Capitol Limited

    Amtrak Capitol Limited

    Passing through seven states, 16 cities, and various National Parks, Amtrak Capitol Limited connects Washington D.C. and Chicago, on 750 miles of railroad. Taking over 17 hours for a complete trip, these trains offer various overnight accommodations and feature panoramic observation cars where passengers can enjoy exceptional scenery. The trains include various options for food; however, WiFi connectivity is not available onboard due to the rural nature of the route.

  • Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

    Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

    The Amtrak Lake Shore Limited is an overnight train that runs along some of the best shorelines in the U.S., connecting New York City and Boston with Chicago. The service provides top-tier amenities to its passengers, including free WiFi and dining onboard. The Lake Shore Limited departs from Union Station in Chicago and arrives at 485 West Van Vleek Street in Waterloo. The route takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes and ticket prices start at $33.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Waterloo 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 Waterloo?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Chicago to Waterloo. 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.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Waterloo?

The distance between Chicago and Waterloo is approximately 138 miles, or 222 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 42 hours and 12 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 43 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Chicago to Waterloo on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. 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 Waterloo?

There are 21 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Waterloo. 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 Waterloo 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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

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Departure stations

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station

  • Union Station

  • Union Station

  • 902 Washington Ave

  • Central Station

  • Union Station - 400 S Houston St

  • Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd

  • 350 S Illinois St

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street

  • Airport - 5601 S 6th St

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

  • 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

  • 5555 DeMers Ave

  • Gateway Center

Where is the train station in Waterloo?

Arrival stations

Waterloo has one train station.

Train stations in Waterloo:

  • 485 West Van Vleek Street

Need a return trip from Waterloo to Chicago?

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