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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Seattle to Chicago?

Lowest price$188.53
Fastest train45h 15m
Trains per day2
Train lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Seattle 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 Seattle to Chicago?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Seattle to Chicago. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

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

In the last month, $256.40 was the average price of a train ticket from Seattle, WA to Chicago, IL. Given how far apart Seattle and Chicago are from each other, there's no getting around the fact that most train tickets are on the pricier side. 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 $228.60 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Seattle to Chicago?

The distance between Seattle and Chicago is approximately 1733 miles, or 2789 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 60 hours and 3 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 45 hours and 15 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 Seattle 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 Wednesday 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 Seattle at 9:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00am. 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 Seattle to Chicago?

Trains leave the station in Seattle twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Chicago faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Seattle. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Seattle to Chicago for $218.69.

Which train should you take from Seattle to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Seattle, Washington to Chicago, Illinois. Amtrak Empire Builder usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak23d 7h 16m$385.71
Amtrak Empire Builder21d 21h 15m$239.58

Amtrak train tickets from Seattle to Chicago start from $236, and on average cost $386. Daily there are 2 Amtrak schedules to Chicago. Amtrak in Seattle leaves from King St Station - 303 S Jackson St, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St, From Seattle to Chicago train travel on Amtrak takes 79 hours and 16 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 45 hours and 15 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost $398 for a one-way weekend reservation from Seattle.

Amtrak Empire Builder train tickets from Seattle to Chicago start from $189, and on average cost $240. Daily there are 2 Amtrak Empire Builder schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Empire Builder in Seattle leaves from King St Station - 303 S Jackson St, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St, From Seattle to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Empire Builder takes 45 hours and 15 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Empire Builder offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $238 for a one-way train ticket to Chicago.

Price trends for trains from Seattle to Chicago

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Seattle, WA to Chicago, IL

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

helen

January 31, 2021 - Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Builder

Cons: better food options on board, more accessibility to boiling water, eyemasks/blankets/earplugs provided. Tips: dont plan on doing work, especially when going through western Montana and Washington. Find the observation car and clock in time there instead :). Cons: better food options on board, more accessibility to boiling water, eyemasks/blankets/earplugs provided. Tips: dont plan on doing work, especially when going through western Montana and Washington. Find the observation car and clock in time there instead :).

5.0

Juan

January 16, 2020 - Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: The views. Cons: The time. Tips: Be prepare. Pros: The views. Cons: The time. Tips: Be prepare.

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