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About Amtrak Carl Sandburg

Amtrak Carl Sandburg operates a daily service between Chicago and Quincy. Departures from Chicago's Union Station take place early in the morning and return from Quincy in the evening, with 238 monthly trips on average.

The route was launched in 2006 as a sister service to the Illinois Zephyr, which operates along the same 258-mile route. Amtrak Carl Sandburg is named after the Pulitzer-prize-winning writer Carl Sandburg, who was born close to the route in Galesburg, Illinois.

Amtrak Carl Sandburg services call at eight additional station stops, all within Illinois, including Naperville and Kewanee. The full-length journey lasts a little over four hours. Around 80,000 passengers take this trip between Chicago and Quincy each year.

Whether you buy a coach class or business class ticket, you'll have plenty of legroom and complimentary WiFi. Passengers can also snag some refreshments from the café service.

Amtrak has been an official Wanderu partner since 2015, which means you can check all Amtrak schedules and prices, including the Carl Sandburg. Use Wanderu to find the best deals available and book your trip today!

Contact Amtrak Carl Sandburg

Phone number: US: 1 (800) 872-7245

Online support: Amtrak Carl Sandburg website

Amtrak Carl Sandburg Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
Extra legroomExtra legroom
Loyalty rewardsLoyalty rewards
Power pointPower point


Amtrak Carl Sandburg train coverage

Daily Trips17

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Carl Sandburg

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Amtrak Carl Sandburg had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 28 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 28 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 32 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 36 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 38 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 34 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 36 reviews

Amtrak Carl Sandburg reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Carl Sandburg

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Amtrak Carl Sandburg passenger reviews



27 October 2023- Visiting family

Quincy to Chicago

i love you guys



18 October 2023- Business

Chicago to Quincy

Good 👍 job



6 October 2023- Visiting family

Quincy to Chicago

Pros: Amtrak is always great, except when it comes to refunds after you missed your trip. Cons: It was great but since it was sold out I had a person sitting next to me and the seats aren’t wide enough for some people of bigger sizes so we were touching the whole ride. Tips: Neck pillow, light blanket would put the Cherry on top for you.



17 July 2023- Visiting family

Quincy to Naperville

Pros: Not crowded. Cons: A reclining chair would be appreciated.



18 May 2023- Visiting family

Galesburg to Chicago

Pros: The staff both at the train station leaving and on the train were awesome! Cons: nothing. Tips: be considerate of other travelers and staff.

Amtrak Carl Sandburg Routes & Network

Amtrak Carl Sandburg’s train network features 57 train routes that connect 10 cities serving 10 stations. On average, Amtrak Carl Sandburg performs about 17 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Carl Sandburg offers the highest number of daily train service include Chicago and Quincy.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Carl Sandburg

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Chicago910:30 pm1:38 am
Galesburg1212:40 pm11:19 pm
Macomb312:40 pm10:30 pm
Quincy912:40 pm4:04 pm
Naperville412:40 pm1:09 am
Mendota1712:40 pm12:47 am
Princeton1712:40 pm11:19 pm
Kewanee212:40 pm11:56 pm
Plano112:40 pm11:56 pm

Most popular Amtrak Carl Sandburg routes

The train from Chicago to Quincy is Amtrak Carl Sandburg’s most popular route. Trips from Galesburg to Naperville and Quincy to Naperville are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Carl Sandburg routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Chicago to Quincy14h 22m£13
Galesburg to Naperville12h 19m£10
Quincy to Naperville13h 45m£19
Chicago to Princeton11h 45m£6
Kewanee to Chicago12h 28m£9
Mendota to Chicago11h 42m£6
Macomb to Naperville12h 56m£17
Chicago to Galesburg12h 41m£10
Macomb to Chicago13h 32m£14

Amtrak Carl Sandburg Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Carl Sandburg tickets can be cancelled for a full refund within the first 24 hours after purchase. If more than 24 hours have passed, the cancellation policy and change fee structure for Amtrak bookings depend on the type of fare you purchased:

Saver Fare tickets: A 25% fee applies for any changes. If you cancel the trip, you will receive an eVoucher worth 75% of the original ticket price.

Value Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable up to 15 or more days before departure. If cancelled less than 14 days before departure, a 25% cancellation fee applies.

Flexible, Business and Premium Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable if cancelled or changed before departure.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable after the train has departed, so be sure to make your updates as soon as possible if your travel plans change.

If your Amtrak Carl Sandburg ticket is eligible for change or cancellation, you can do that by calling Amtrak’s customer service phone number at 1 (800) 872-7245. To cancel or change your booking online, simply go to and click on the “Modify Trip” tab in the upper right corner.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase when booking your tickets. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and coverage for lost or damaged baggage, trip protection can help you get your money back in case you need to cancel or change your trip. You can file a claim to have any Amtrak change or cancellation fees reimbursed if you cannot travel due to covered reasons such as illness, extreme weather, or required work shifts.

Amtrak Carl Sandburg Train Guide & FAQs

Yes, Amtrak Carl Sandburg offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Carl Sandburg will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Amtrak Carl Sandburg WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge-watch your favorite show.

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak Carl Sandburg trains. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Amtrak Carl Sandburg might sometimes use replacement train vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

On a typical day, Amtrak Carl Sandburg has 17 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

No, Amtrak Carl Sandburg does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Yes, Amtrak Carl Sandburg requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Carl Sandburg trains. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Amtrak Carl Sandburg provides snacks to satisfy your hunger during your travels. Be sure to pack a credit card and some cash in case you get hungry.

Amtrak Carl Sandburg does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.

Amtrak Carl Sandburg goes the extra distance to deliver premium features to its customers.

Do you find yourself squished in a regular seat or just love having extra room to sprawl out? Well you’re in luck as Amtrak Carl Sandburg offers extra legroom seating. Since there is no standard of what extra legroom is, the extra space you get may vary between train lines, but getting extra is always good.

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