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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Houston to Chicago. Traveling by train from Houston to Chicago usually takes around 24 hours and 47 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance942 mi (1516 km)
Fastest train24h 47m
Lowest price$132.69
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Victoria

July 5, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak
Pros: Very nice ride. Cons: Needs wifi. Tips: WiFi isn't on board. Pros: Very nice ride. Cons: Needs wifi. Tips: WiFi isn't on board.

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

In the last month, C$132.69 was the average price of a train ticket from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 16 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$99.31 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

$215$172$129$86$43JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Houston 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$140 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Houston to Chicago in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$190 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

$246$197$147$98$493020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 16 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Chicago from Houston will be about C$99.31 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Houston 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Houston to Chicago?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Houston to Chicago, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from Houston to Chicago?

The distance between Houston and Chicago is approximately 942 miles, or 1516 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 24 hours and 47 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 Houston to Chicago are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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?

The earliest train departs Houston at 1:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 1:00pm. 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 Houston to Chicago?

Trains leave the station in Houston twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you change trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Houston. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Houston to Chicago for $197.20.

Which train should you take from Houston to Chicago?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Houston, Texas to Chicago, Illinois. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak21d 0h 48m$152.34

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 2 Amtrak trains from Houston to Chicago every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $133.

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