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Trip Summary

There are 29 daily trains from Chicago to Denver. Traveling by train from Chicago to Denver usually takes around 40 hours and 51 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak California Zephyr train can make the trip in 18 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance918 mi (1478 km)
Fastest train18h 15m
Lowest price£80.75
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Denver

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Judith

28 December 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Best part of my trip was just to relax. The crew was professional as always. I felt safe. Had lots of room in the new seats! Cons: I cant think of anything right now. Tips: Plan on relaxing and have a good attitude. Bring a small blanket and pillow and snacks. H...

Pros: Best part of my trip was just to relax. The crew was professional as always. I felt safe. Had lots of room in the new seats! Cons: I cant think of anything right now. Tips: Plan on relaxing and have a good attitude. Bring a small blanket and pillow and snacks. Headphones to listen to books and music. Please dont talk loud on your cell phone.

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5.0

Sylvia

26 August 2021

Amtrak California Zephyr

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

In the last month, £190.49 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Denver. Given how far apart Chicago and Denver 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 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £69.35 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£303£202£101MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Denver will vary between £174 and £292. Planning a train trip to Denver within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is £174. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Chicago to Denver by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £106 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Denver in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £229 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Denver from Chicago will be about £69.35 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Denver?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Denver. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 28 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak281d 17h 32m£237.86
Amtrak California Zephyr118h 15m£120.21
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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 28 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Denver every day, as well as 25 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £93.

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  • Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak’s California Zephyr travels over 2,400 miles to connect Chicago to the San Francisco area. The full journey takes over 50 hours, so many passengers upgrade to a sleeper cabin for added privacy and comfort. The Zephyr is one of Amtrak’s most scenic routes, and the sightseer lounge’s panoramic windows offer the best views of the Rockies, the Sierra Nevadas, and the Great Salt Lake along the route.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Denver?

The distance between Chicago and Denver is approximately 918 miles, or 1478 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 40 hours and 51 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 18 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Chicago to Denver on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 23:00. 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 Denver?

There are 29 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Chicago to Denver. 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 Denver to Chicago.

City Information

Chicago

Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials and a top destination in Illinois.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.

Denver

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Denver is the capital of Colorado, as well as the most populous city in the state. With buildings dating back to the 19th century, Denver is considered one of the most exemplary cities of the Old West era in the United States.

Denver’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains makes it a preferred destination for young travelers seeking the thrill of the slopes during the day and the vibrant nightlife activities only an urban setting can provide. In fact, Denver is among the biggest party cities in the U.S. and one of the craft beer capitals in the country. In addition, thanks to the diverse local crowd, Denver’s restaurant scene offers top-notch options from various world cuisines.

If you’re looking for a more quiet time during your stay, head to one of the many unique museums in town such as the Denver Art Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Arts, or the Molly Brown House Museum. Craving a feast to the eyes and some fresh air? Check out the spectacular Denver Botanic Gardens.

As the biggest city in the Mountain states and a top Colorado destination, Denver is a busy travel hub. Even though the Denver airport is on the city’s outskirts, it is still easily accessible. If you are traveling to Denver by bus or train, you’ll be conveniently dropped off at Union Station in the heart of downtown Denver from where you can easily get anywhere in the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

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Departure stations

Union Station in New Haven is Connecticut’s most important transportation hub and is also one of the busiest stations in Amtrak’s national rail network. The station serves interstate Amtrak passenger trains that run along the Northeast Corridor between Washington, DC and Boston. Additionally, there are several commuter rail services operated by Amtrak, MTA and CTrail that connect New Haven to the likes of New York and Hartford. Union Station also accommodates CTtransit’s local buses services as well as intercity bus travel from carriers including Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Lines. In addition, a free shuttle service is available from Union Station to New Haven Green in the city’s modern downtown.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station

  • 41 Central St

  • Union Station - 1 Union Pl

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • Penn Station

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • Newark Penn Station

  • 2702 W Washington St

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

  • MLK Plaza - 415 Emerald Ave

  • Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • 100 Thompsons Pt Rd

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

Where is the train station in Denver?

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Arrival stations

Denver’s Union Station first opened in 1881, and houses some of the city’s best shops, bars, and restaurants, making it a popular destination for locals and travelers alike. There is even a seasonal farmers market at the station! But first and foremost, Union Station is the primary transport hub for Denver. The station is served by Amtrak trains, and intercity buses operated by Greyhound, Burlington Trailways, Jefferson Lines and Express Arrow. From Union Station, travelers can also easily access Denver International Airport on the A Line commuter rail.

Train stations in Denver:

  • Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street

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