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About Amtrak Illini Service

Amtrak Illini Service is a popular train company offering very affordable ticket options to top travel destinations. You will always find the cheapest Amtrak Illini Service tickets by searching Wanderu.com. Overall, Amtrak Illini Service serves 81 routes, connecting 11 cities in one country. To cover all these routes Amtrak Illini Service runs an average of 27 trips per day and 379 trips per month. These train trips range in price from £2.20 to £65.26 based on a variety of factors.

Contact Amtrak Illini Service

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

Amtrak Illini Service Amenities

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

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Amtrak Illini Service train coverage

Daily Trips27
stations11
cities11
countries1

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Illini Service

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

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 18 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 27 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 37 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 42 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 40 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 44 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 44 reviews

Amtrak Illini Service reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Illini Service

(Based on 51 reviews)

4.4
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.6

Timeliness

4.5

Staff

4.4

Value

4.1

Condition

4.6

Amtrak Illini Service passenger reviews

2.0

Carl

6 January 2022- Visiting family

Chicago to Champaign

Train was very late. Very poor communication on the status of the trip. could not understand the lady talking through the PA system. She was wearing a mask while speaking and her voice was very muffled. The passengers did not have any idea of what was going on wh...

Train was very late. Very poor communication on the status of the trip. could not understand the lady talking through the PA system. She was wearing a mask while speaking and her voice was very muffled. The passengers did not have any idea of what was going on while waiting for our train which was 90 minutes late.

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3.0

Melvin

6 January 2022- Visiting family

Champaign to Chicago

Proper inspection before leaving the station.

Proper inspection before leaving the station.

4.0

Ronald

29 December 2021- Visiting family

Champaign to Mattoon

Pros: It was a first time trip with my two youngest granddaughters. My dad worked for the railroad so I rode the Amtrak a lot when I was a growing up! Cons: We were sent upstairs and I have a bad knee so it was scar to go up and down those steps!! Tips: Don’t hog up al...

Pros: It was a first time trip with my two youngest granddaughters. My dad worked for the railroad so I rode the Amtrak a lot when I was a growing up! Cons: We were sent upstairs and I have a bad knee so it was scar to go up and down those steps!! Tips: Don’t hog up all the seats and make the old lady with the young children have to tackle the stairs.

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5.0

Jalicia

25 December 2021- Solo travel

Champaign to Chicago

Pros: The sears for sure very comfortable and relaxing ❤️Lots of room. Cons: Nothing doing a great job.

Pros: The sears for sure very comfortable and relaxing ❤️Lots of room. Cons: Nothing doing a great job.

5.0

Renee

23 December 2021- Visiting family

Champaign to Chicago

Pros: Very smooth ride and very comfortable. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Keep your face mask on and be safe.

Pros: Very smooth ride and very comfortable. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Keep your face mask on and be safe.

Amtrak Illini Service Routes & Network

Amtrak Illini Service’s train network features 81 train routes that connect 11 cities serving 11 stations. On average, Amtrak Illini Service performs about 27 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Illini Service offers the highest number of daily train service include Champaign and Carbondale.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Illini Service

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Champaign910:05 pm12:16 am
Chicago610:15 pm2:00 am
Carbondale410:05 pm2:06 am
Mattoon410:05 pm12:15 am
Homewood210:05 pm2:00 am
Effingham310:05 pm12:15 am
Kankakee310:05 pm1:12 am
Centralia410:05 pm12:15 am
Rantoul210:05 pm12:16 am

Top States Served by Amtrak Illini Service

StateCities ServedDaily TripsTop city
Illinois11428Champaign

Most popular Amtrak Illini Service routes

The train from Champaign to Carbondale is Amtrak Illini Service’s most popular route. Trips from Chicago to Mattoon and Chicago to Effingham are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Illini Service routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Champaign to Carbondale13h 20m£17
Chicago to Mattoon12h 50m£16
Chicago to Effingham13h 14m£20
Chicago to Rantoul11h 55m£12
Chicago to Champaign12h 10m£12
Champaign to Homewood11h 28m£12
Chicago to Carbondale15h 30m£29
Chicago to Kankakee11h 7m£6
Chicago to Centralia14h 1m£26

Amtrak Illini Service Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Illini Service 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 Illini Service 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 www.amtrak.com 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 Illini Service Train Guide & FAQs

Do Amtrak Illini Service trains have WiFi?

Yes, Amtrak Illini Service offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Illini Service 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 Illini Service 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.

Are there power points or USB points on the train?

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

Since Amtrak Illini Service 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.

What is Amtrak Illini Service's schedule?

On a typical day, Amtrak Illini Service has 27 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.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

No, Amtrak Illini Service 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.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

Yes, Amtrak Illini Service 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.

What are Amtrak Illini Service’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about Amtrak Illini Service’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there toilets on Amtrak Illini Service trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Illini Service 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.

Are meals or drinks offered during the trip?

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

Do you have to print your Amtrak Illini Service ticket?

Amtrak Illini Service 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.

Does Amtrak Illini Service offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Amtrak Illini Service 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 Illini Service 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.

Cheap Amtrak Illini Service tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 27 Amtrak Illini Service trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Illini Service tickets start at just £2.20. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Amtrak Illini Service tickets?

Wanderu is the best place to score cheap Amtrak Illini Service tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare Amtrak Illini Service prices with trips offered by other train companies to be sure you’re getting the best deal on your tickets!

Pro travelers know that booking your ticket well in advance is key to finding the lowest price. Ticket prices normally go up the closer you get to the travel date, so don’t miss out on a good deal when you see one. If you can be flexible with your travel date, you can also get cheap tickets by traveling on weekdays instead of weekends.

When you’re ready to book, type your departure city and destination city in the search bar above, select your travel date, and let Wanderu work its magic to show you all of the best bus and train ticket prices available for your trip. Pick the ticket that’s best for your budget, schedule, and preferences, and complete the booking right on Wanderu to secure your great deal.

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