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Topeka-Chicago Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Topeka to Chicago?

Lowest Price$89.47
Fastest Train10h 10m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Topeka to Chicago right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

In the last month, $89.47 was the average price of a train ticket from Topeka, KS to Chicago, IL. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $52.08 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Topeka to Chicago?

The distance between Topeka and Chicago is approximately 466 miles, or 750 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 10 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?

Trains from Topeka to Chicago are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Topeka at 4:00am and arrives in Chicago around 10 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Topeka to Chicago?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Chicago with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Topeka. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Topeka to Chicago for $52.08.

Which train should you take from Topeka to Chicago?

Amtrak Southwest Chief is the one and only train line which connects Topeka, Kansas to Chicago, Illinois. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Southwest Chief110h 11m$96.82

Amtrak Southwest Chief train tickets from Topeka to Chicago start from $89, and on average cost $97. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Southwest Chief schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Southwest Chief in Topeka leaves from 500 SE Holliday Pl, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St, From Topeka to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Southwest Chief takes 10 hours and 11 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak Southwest Chief offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 10 hours and 10 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Southwest Chief scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Topeka.

Where is the train station in Topeka?

There is one train station in Topeka:

  • 500 SE Holliday Pl

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

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