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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Denver?

Lowest price€83.46
Fastest train18h 15m
Trains per day1
Train lines2

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.

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

In the last month, €91.41 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Denver, CO. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 9 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €66.32 more than that for a same-day booking.

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 24 hours and 44 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?

Trains from Chicago to Denver are the most crowded on Thursday. 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?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Chicago at 13:00 and arrives in Denver around 18 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Chicago to Denver?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Denver with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Denver to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Denver for €85.13.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Denver?

2 train services operate from Chicago, Illinois to Denver, Colorado. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13d 4h 0m€195.74
Amtrak California Zephyr118h 15m€104.29

Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to Denver start from €156, and on average cost €196. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to Denver. Amtrak in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Denver trains arrive at Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street, From Chicago to Denver train travel on Amtrak takes 76 hours and 0 minutes. If you are looking to get to Denver faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 18 hours and 15 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Denver on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost €196 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Amtrak California Zephyr train tickets from Chicago to Denver start from €83, and on average cost €104. Daily there are 1 Amtrak California Zephyr schedules to Denver. Amtrak California Zephyr in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Denver trains arrive at Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street, From Chicago to Denver train travel on Amtrak California Zephyr takes 18 hours and 15 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Denver on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak California Zephyr scheduled trip per day, which will cost €109 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Price trends for trains from Chicago to Denver

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