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Trip Summary

You can pick from 5 daily train trips between New York and Chicago. The average train journey from New York to Chicago takes 22 hours and 48 minutes, but some Amtrak Lake Shore Limited train trips are as short as 19 hours and 32 minutes.

Distance711 mi (1144 km)
Fastest train19h 32m
Lowest price$85.92
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New York to Chicago

(Based on 13 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Julian

January 3, 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Tomar asiento con alguien que hablaba mi mismo idioma ya que los demás no lo entendían. Incluso los ayudantes del tren. Cons: Ir contando en que estaciones se acercan y que puntos turísticos hay alrededor. Tips: Tener horarios claros de restaurante o que también lo digan en español.

5.0

Claudia

October 18, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: There weren’t too many stops dues it allowed us to get to Chicago a bit earlier than the expected time. Cons: Wifi. The wifi was not working on the train so I had to used my hotspot. Cleaning bathrooms while on long stops. For example here, the bathrooms could’ve been clean at Albany since we stood there for 50 minutes. Tips: Get to the train station earlier so you can get better seats. Most of the time you will not have both seats for yourself.

5.0

Kevin

June 4, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Comfortable seats and the staff was super nice. The views were beautiful as well. Cons: Bathrooms were kinda dirty and smelly.

5.0

Kari Anna

January 3, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: It was comfy and peaceful. Cons: The light at night could be more turned of. Tips: Not sure.

5.0

Yauheni

July 13, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Well, it was ok. Cons: The lits weren't turned off at night and ac was turned on, so it was cold at night. Tips: Bring a sweater and a small cushion so you will be able to have a nap during your trip.

New York to Chicago Route Map

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between New York and Chicago cost $294.39, on average. Due to the distance between New York and Chicago, train tickets on this route tend to be relatively pricey. Booking your trip at least 22 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $177.79 more.

Average prices by travel date

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The average cost of a one-way train trip from New York to Chicago is expected to fluctuate between $277 and $393 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Chicago in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from New York is $281.

Monthly average prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during February. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from New York to Chicago, with the average price at just $222. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in November, when the average price goes up to $303. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from New York to Chicago. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 22 days before departure, you can save around $177.79. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from New York to Chicago?

There are 3 train lines with service from New York to Chicago. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 4 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak423h 4m$369.55
Amtrak Cardinal11d 4h 15m$290.29
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited119h 32m$259.68
  • 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 4 Amtrak trains from New York to Chicago every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $210.

  • The Amtrak Cardinal is a long distance passenger rail service from New York to Chicago, connecting a total of 31 cities. As one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the Cardinal is a popular train line connecting the Northeast to the Southeast, and offers top-notch comfort thanks to its seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available for purchase in the Cardinal Café. There are usually 1 Cardinal trips from New York to Chicago per day, with an average trip length of 28 hours and 15 minutes.

  • 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 NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station in New York and arrives at Chicago (Union Station), Illinois in Chicago. The route takes about 19 hours and 32 minutes and ticket prices start at $86.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between New York and Chicago is approximately 711 miles, or 1144 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 22 hours and 48 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 19 hours and 32 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.

Thursday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from New York to Chicago. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Thursday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Tuesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs New York at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from New York to Chicago. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

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

City Information

New York

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New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a reason – it offers numerous opportunities for a great time to visitors of all ages and interests. For the culturally inclined travelers, the city boasts a unique collection of world-famous museums, as well as the chance to see the best plays and musicals that Broadway has to offer, or check out the latest production at the Metropolitan Opera. If sightseeing is your cardio, NYC is the place to be – just by walking around town, you can visit such iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square. Or hop on a ferry to Ellis Island to meet the Statue of Liberty up-close and personal.

NYC’s five boroughs feature more than 1,700 parks, including the gorgeous Central Park, making it one of the best cities for outdoor activities in the country. As for the nightlife, there’s no argument that New York City is the biggest party hub in the U.S.

With three major bus and train stations in Manhattan alone – Port Authority, Grand Central & Penn Station – and three nearby airports, NYC is one of the predominant travel hubs in the world. If you are ever looking to get out of town, NYC is centrally connected throughout the state and region, you can easily hop on a train to Albany to go explore upstate New York.

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 New York?

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Main departure station: NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

Pennsylvania Station, or just Penn Station, is the main train station in New York City. All Amtrak trains to and from NYC use Penn Station as their only train stop in Manhattan. Penn Station offers easy connections to various other types of transportation, including commuter rail (the Long Island Rail Road and the NJ Transit both operate out of Penn Station), airport transit, and six lines of the NYC Subway, making it the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere. Located in the heart of Manhattan, right by the world-famous Madison Square Garden, Penn Station is close to various points of interest such as Times Square and the Empire State Building, as well as many restaurants and retail stores.

All train stations in New York:

  • NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

Where is the train station in Chicago?

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Main arrival station: Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

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:

  • Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

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