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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles?

Lowest price€122.10
Fastest train43h 10m
Trains per day5
Train lines3

Chicago to Los Angeles Route Map

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Los Angeles 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 Chicago to Los Angeles?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Chicago to Los Angeles. 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 Chicago to Los Angeles?

In the last month, €190.77 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Los Angeles, CA. Given how far apart Chicago and Los Angeles 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 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €90.37 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Los Angeles?

The distance between Chicago and Los Angeles is approximately 1742 miles, or 2804 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 67 hours and 37 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 43 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 Chicago to Los Angeles 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 Monday 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 Chicago at 13:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 13:00. 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 Chicago to Los Angeles?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Chicago to Los Angeles. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Los Angeles to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Los Angeles for €246.08.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Los Angeles?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak42d 22h 26m€236.62
Amtrak Southwest Chief11d 19h 11m€152.63
Amtrak Texas Eagle12d 17h 51m€148.09

Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles start from €122, and on average cost €237. Daily there are 4 Amtrak schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station and 2 other train stations. From Chicago to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak takes 70 hours and 26 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 43 hours and 10 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 5 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay €238 for a one-way train ticket to Los Angeles.

Amtrak Southwest Chief train tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles start from €122, and on average cost €153. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Southwest Chief schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak Southwest Chief in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station, From Chicago to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak Southwest Chief takes 43 hours and 11 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak Southwest Chief offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 43 hours and 10 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Southwest Chief scheduled trip per day, which will cost €148 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Amtrak Texas Eagle train tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles start from €122, and on average cost €148. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Texas Eagle schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak Texas Eagle in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station, From Chicago to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak Texas Eagle takes 65 hours and 51 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak Texas Eagle offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 43 hours and 10 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Texas Eagle scheduled trip per day, which will cost €156 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Price trends for trains from Chicago to Los Angeles

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