Cheap train tickets from Chicago to Carbondale, IL

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Chicago to Carbondale
4.3
Based on 6 reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Illini Service report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.5
Condition
4.5
Brian
4.0
28 June 2019Visiting family
Pros
Comfortable
Pat
4.0
9 June 2019Vacation
Pros
Train ride very pleasant.. I ended up with 2 parking tickets for Carbondale Amtrak station;; when I took the train before there were no fees for parking in the lot. Staff on the trains were helpful and pleasant.
Cons
Make sure patrons know there is a fee for parking in the lot at Carbondale Amtrak station. Also, on the way back from Chicago there was no water in the restrooms to wash our hands; train staff stated "someone didn't fill the tanks" so we couldn't use the sinks on our re...More
Tips
A man behind us was very upset that he couldn't "save" the seat he said was for his wife, who DIDN'T end up going on the trip. The train was full both to Chicago and back to Carbondale. I verified with train personell that he and his male friend (who said the same thing...More

Based on 4 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Saluki report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.5
Staff
3.8
Value
4.0
Condition
4.5
Nicholas
4.0
7 December 2019Solo travel
Pros
smooth... comfortable... able to relax, great views, read, free wifi... way better than travel in car or airplane
Cons
food cart was just ok and the women running it was not very friendly or helpful... it seemed like she was having a bad day
Susan
4.0
18 September 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Nice ride.
Cons
Time, but sometimes not under train control
Tips
Bring food
Sammy
5.0
14 July 2019Vacation
Pros
Loved not having to drive while in Chicago.

How do you find cheap train tickets from Chicago to Carbondale, IL?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Chicago to Carbondale is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Chicago to Carbondale was £30.01. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 28 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of £14.85 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from Chicago to Carbondale, IL?

The distance between Chicago and Carbondale is approximately 299.06 miles, or 481.17 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 6 hours and 51 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 16 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.

What is the busiest day for trains from Chicago to Carbondale?

On Monday trains from Chicago to Carbondale are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Wednesday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from Chicago to Carbondale?

Typically there are 3 schedules to compare for your trip to Carbondale. On the route to Carbondale 4 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between Chicago to Carbondale, usually offering one departure per day. 2 train trips per day are direct connections to Carbondale, if you're looking to get there faster, direct schedules will typically be more time efficient.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Coach tickets from Chicago to Carbondale, IL, which start at £25.29.

Here are the 4 train companies that operate from Chicago to Carbondale

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to Carbondale start from £43.69, and on average cost £49.80. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to Carbondale. Amtrak in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Carbondale trains arrive at 401 S Illinois Ave,

From Chicago to Carbondale train travel on Amtrak takes 11 hours and 5 minutes. If you are looking to get to Carbondale faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 16 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Carbondale on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost £52.33 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Toilet
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power point
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
11h 5m
Avg. Price
£49.80

Amtrak City of New Orleans

Amtrak City of New Orleans train tickets from Chicago to Carbondale start from £23.76, and on average cost £28.44. Daily there are 1 Amtrak City of New Orleans schedules to Carbondale. Amtrak City of New Orleans in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Carbondale trains arrive at 401 S Illinois Ave,

From Chicago to Carbondale train travel on Amtrak City of New Orleans takes 5 hours and 16 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Carbondale on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak City of New Orleans scheduled trip per day, which will cost £31.30 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Toilet
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power point
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
5h 16m
Avg. Price
£28.44

Amtrak Illini Service

Amtrak Illini Service train tickets from Chicago to Carbondale start from £23.76, and on average cost £30.27. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Illini Service schedules to Carbondale. Amtrak Illini Service in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Carbondale trains arrive at 401 S Illinois Ave,

From Chicago to Carbondale train travel on Amtrak Illini Service takes 5 hours and 30 minutes. If you are looking to get to Carbondale faster, Amtrak Illini Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 16 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Carbondale on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Illini Service scheduled trip per day, which will cost £35.75 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Toilet
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power point
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
5h 30m
Avg. Price
£30.27

Amtrak Saluki

Amtrak Saluki train tickets from Chicago to Carbondale start from £23.76, and on average cost £29.15. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Saluki schedules to Carbondale. Amtrak Saluki in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Carbondale trains arrive at 401 S Illinois Ave,

From Chicago to Carbondale train travel on Amtrak Saluki takes 5 hours and 30 minutes. If you are looking to get to Carbondale faster, Amtrak Saluki offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 16 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Carbondale on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Saluki scheduled trip per day, which will cost £30.05 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Toilet
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power point
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
5h 30m
Avg. Price
£29.15

Plan your next adventure

There is one train station from which trains depart Chicago on their way to Carbondale:
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
There is one train station where trains from Chicago arrive in Carbondale:
  • 401 S Illinois Ave