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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from New York to Chicago?

Lowest Price$120.19
Fastest Train19h 10m
Trains Per Day6
Train Lines3

New York to Chicago Route Map

New York Chicago

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from New York 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 New York to Chicago?

In the last month, $131.95 was the average price of a train ticket from New York, NY to Chicago, IL. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 20 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $82.50 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from New York to Chicago?

The distance between New York and Chicago is approximately 711 miles, or 1144 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 23 hours and 49 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 19 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 New York to Chicago are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 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.

Is there a direct train from New York to Chicago?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 2 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 New York. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from New York to Chicago for $96.15.

Which train should you take from New York to Chicago?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak423h 48m$160.34
Amtrak Cardinal11d 4h 15m$130.75
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited119h 10m$135.92

Where is the train station in New York?

There is one train station in New York:

  • Penn Station

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New York, NY to Chicago, IL
Based on 3 ratings and reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Lake Shore Limited report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
July 4, 2020Solo travel
It was comfortable and provided a good experience
Staff could monitor people better
Be careful about the other travelers they might be drunk
October 1, 2019Vacation
The seats were very comfy and there was a lot of room for your legs. The facilities were very nice and the the WiFi was very convenient. We would definitely ride it again.
There should be some free water for the passengers.
July 29, 2019Vacation
I was sleeping most of thetrip, and enjoyed this opportunity to get to the center of Chicago with the comfort

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