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Train Trip Information: Waterloo to Chicago

There are 3 daily trains from Waterloo to Chicago. Traveling by train from Waterloo to Chicago usually takes around 3 hours and 17 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Limited train can make the trip in 3 hours and 9 minutes.

Distance138 mi (222 km)
Fastest train3h 9m
Lowest price$33.29
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lake Shore Limited
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Waterloo to Chicago

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Denisse

November 27, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: That they sell food inside the train, very helpful. Cons: Reinforce the covid measures. Tips: Take a book and headphones with you in case you need to wait a long time for take your train, they can delay.

Pros: That they sell food inside the train, very helpful. Cons: Reinforce the covid measures. Tips: Take a book and headphones with you in case you need to wait a long time for take your train, they can delay.

5.0

Creasie

June 27, 2020- Solo travel

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: nice ride, cost effective and super quick. Cons: all was nice.

Pros: nice ride, cost effective and super quick. Cons: all was nice.

5.0

John

September 1, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: It was fun. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

Pros: It was fun. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

5.0

Maria

August 6, 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: It was nice great views. Cons: More cushion.

Pros: It was nice great views. Cons: More cushion.

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

In the last month, $34.31 was the average price of a train ticket from Waterloo to Chicago. 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 $24.40 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$77$51$26MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Waterloo to Chicago will vary between C$33 and C$61. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Waterloo 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

$64$51$38$26$13JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Waterloo to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$36 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Waterloo to Chicago in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$44 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

$64$51$38$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 Waterloo will be about C$24.40 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Waterloo to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Waterloo to Chicago. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Capitol Limited13h 10m$40.97
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited23h 22m$43.45
  • 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 485 West Van Vleek Street in Waterloo and arrives at Union Station in Chicago. The route takes about 3 hours and 22 minutes and ticket prices start at $33.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Waterloo 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.

How long is the train journey from Waterloo to Chicago?

The distance between Waterloo and Chicago is approximately 138 miles, or 222 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 9 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Waterloo to Chicago on Tuesday. Tickets for Tuesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Friday. Friday 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 Waterloo at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00am. 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 Waterloo to Chicago?

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Waterloo to Chicago.

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

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 Waterloo?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Waterloo.

All train stations in Waterloo:

  • 485 West Van Vleek Street

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Arrival stations

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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