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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Springfield to Chicago. Traveling by train from Springfield to Chicago usually takes around 4 hours and 3 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Lincoln Service train can make the trip in 3 hours and 24 minutes.

Distance179 mi (288 km)
Fastest train3h 24m
Lowest price$24.63
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lincoln Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Springfield to Chicago

(Based on 13 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Monique

March 21, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Lincoln Service

I had a good ride Thank You

I had a good ride Thank You

5.0

Maria

February 27, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: I liked how easy it was. Tips: Book and enjoy your trip!

Pros: I liked how easy it was. Tips: Book and enjoy your trip!

5.0

Desmin

January 20, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Lincoln Service

It was quiet and relaxing

It was quiet and relaxing

5.0

Marissa

December 15, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Window seat and spaciois

Window seat and spaciois

4.0

Kelly

August 20, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Booking through Wanderu was great! It was my first time traveling on Amtrak and will definitely be splurging for business class in the future. Our train was on the warmer side with poor wifi connection, but overall a good bargain for what we paid!

Booking through Wanderu was great! It was my first time traveling on Amtrak and will definitely be splurging for business class in the future. Our train was on the warmer side with poor wifi connection, but overall a good bargain for what we paid!

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

In the last month, $33.12 was the average price of a train ticket from Springfield, IL to Chicago, IL. 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 $28.92 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$78$52$26JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Springfield to Chicago will vary between C$31 and C$67. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Springfield over the next 7 days is C$32. 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

$65$52$39$26$13JASONDJFMAMJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Springfield to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$30 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Springfield to Chicago in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$38 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

$65$52$39$26$133020100

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 Chicago from Springfield will be about C$28.92 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Springfield to Chicago?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak25h 11m$46.66
Amtrak Lincoln Service33h 31m$37.31
Amtrak Texas Eagle13h 53m$71.58
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Springfield to Chicago every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $25.

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  • Amtrak Lincoln Service

    Amtrak Lincoln Service

    Amtrak Lincoln Service is part of Amtrak's Illinois Service, providing rail transportation throughout Illinois. The Lincoln Service travels 284 miles between St. Louis and Chicago with nine intermediate stops. Amtrak Lincoln trains offer WiFi connectivity, power outlets, business class seating, and a cafe car to ensure passengers have the most comfortable journey possible.

  • Amtrak Texas Eagle

    Amtrak Texas Eagle

    The Amtrak Texas Eagle is a 1,306-mile train route from Chicago, Illinois to San Antonio, Texas. Because of the route’s length, the train offers sleeper car options in addition to standard coach seats. Like most Amtrak trains, the Texas Eagle features power outlets at each seat, restrooms in each car, and a cafe car where passengers can purchase food and drinks. A journey from Springfield to Chicago on the Texas Eagle usually takes 3 hours and 53 minutes, which is best spent enjoying the incredible scenery along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Springfield and Chicago is approximately 179 miles, or 288 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 3 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 24 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?

Tuesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Springfield to Chicago. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Tuesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Wednesday 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 Springfield at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 Springfield to Chicago?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Chicago. 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 Chicago to Springfield.

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 Springfield?

Main departure station: 100 N Third St

There are two stations in Springfield where you can board the train to Chicago.

All train stations in Springfield:

  • 100 N Third St

  • City Link Transit Ctr - 407 SW Adams St

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Main arrival 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.

Train stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station

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