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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Battle Creek to Chicago. Traveling by train from Battle Creek to Chicago usually takes around 3 hours and 4 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Blue Water train can make the trip in 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance129 mi (208 km)
Fastest train2h 45m
Lowest price$36.79
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Wolverine
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Battle Creek, MI to Chicago, IL

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Jacqueline

June 18, 2021 - Vacation

Amtrak Blue Water

Pros: Organization. Cons: Can't complain. Tips: Enjoy the ride.

Pros: Organization. Cons: Can't complain. Tips: Enjoy the ride.

5.0

Tamera

July 19, 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Blue Water

Pros: On time going but late on the return trip. The staff was very helpful with both of us sitting together on our return trip. Very kind. Cons: Amtrak is a nice way to travel. Tips: I keep forgetting about Business class and handicap seating.

Pros: On time going but late on the return trip. The staff was very helpful with both of us sitting together on our return trip. Very kind. Cons: Amtrak is a nice way to travel. Tips: I keep forgetting about Business class and handicap seating.

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

In the last month, $37.28 was the average price of a train ticket from Battle Creek, MI 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 $12.81 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$57$38$19SepSep

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Battle Creek to Chicago will vary between C$37 and C$51. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Battle Creek over the next 7 days is C$37. 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

$63$51$38$25$13ONDJFMAMJJAS

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Battle Creek to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$33 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Battle Creek to Chicago in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$39 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

$63$51$38$25$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 Battle Creek will be about C$12.81 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Battle Creek to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Battle Creek, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois. Amtrak Wolverine usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Blue Water12h 45m$40.27
Amtrak Wolverine33h 12m$40.37

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Battle Creek 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 Battle Creek to Chicago?

The distance between Battle Creek and Chicago is approximately 129 miles, or 208 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 4 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 45 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?

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

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Battle Creek at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. 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 Battle Creek to Chicago?

There are 4 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Battle Creek to Chicago.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Battle Creek. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Battle Creek to Chicago for $78.66.

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.

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 Battle Creek?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Battle Creek.

Where is the train station in Chicago?

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.

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