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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Champaign?

Lowest price€11.71
Fastest train2h 10m
Trains per day2
Train lines3

Chicago to Champaign Route Map

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

In the last month, €17.40 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Champaign, IL. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. 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 €11.66 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Champaign?

The distance between Chicago and Champaign is approximately 126 miles, or 203 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 59 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 10 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Chicago to Champaign are the most crowded on Friday. 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 09:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 16:00. 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 Champaign?

Trains leave the station in Chicago twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Champaign faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Champaign to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Champaign for €14.22.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Champaign?

There are 3 train lines with service from Chicago, Illinois to Champaign, Illinois. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak16h 35m€28.74
Amtrak City of New Orleans12h 24m€19.47
Amtrak Illini Service12h 11m€17.46

Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to Champaign start from €23, and on average cost €29. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to Champaign. Amtrak in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Champaign trains arrive at Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave, From Chicago to Champaign train travel on Amtrak takes 6 hours and 35 minutes. If you are looking to get to Champaign faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 10 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Champaign on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost €31 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Amtrak City of New Orleans train tickets from Chicago to Champaign start from €12, and on average cost €19. Daily there are 1 Amtrak City of New Orleans schedules to Champaign. Amtrak City of New Orleans in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Champaign trains arrive at Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave, From Chicago to Champaign train travel on Amtrak City of New Orleans takes 2 hours and 24 minutes. If you are looking to get to Champaign faster, Amtrak City of New Orleans offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 10 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Champaign on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak City of New Orleans scheduled trip per day, which will cost €21 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Amtrak Illini Service train tickets from Chicago to Champaign start from €12, and on average cost €17. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Illini Service schedules to Champaign. Amtrak Illini Service in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Champaign trains arrive at Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave, From Chicago to Champaign train travel on Amtrak Illini Service takes 2 hours and 11 minutes. If you are looking to get to Champaign faster, Amtrak Illini Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 10 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Champaign on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Illini Service scheduled trip per day, which will cost €21 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Price trends for trains from Chicago to Champaign

Average prices by travel date

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to Champaign, IL

(Based on 21 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Nancy D

25 February 2021 -

Amtrak Illini Service

Pros: No overcrowding,. No nuisance passengers aboard. Cons: Directions for seat adjustments. neighbor used the leg extension. A great feature! but I couldn't figure out how to operate it. There's no way of knowing whether surfaces have been cleaned according to ... Pros: No overcrowding,. No nuisance passengers aboard. Cons: Directions for seat adjustments. neighbor used the leg extension. A great feature! but I couldn't figure out how to operate it. There's no way of knowing whether surfaces have been cleaned according to pandemic standards. Tips: No need to print the online reservation confirmation page to get ticketed at the station. But you do need to pick up a ticket/boarding pass when you arrive at the station.More

5.0

Tony

7 July 2020 - Couples trip

Amtrak City of New Orleans

Pros: Likely just because not as many people are traveling but seemed everyone did not have to sit directly next to someone which was important to me in terms of social distancing during these odd times. Cons: Temperature control/wifi was not great... Pros: Likely just because not as many people are traveling but seemed everyone did not have to sit directly next to someone which was important to me in terms of social distancing during these odd times. Cons: Temperature control/wifi was not great...

5.0

Steve

18 May 2020 - Business

Amtrak Illini Service

Pros: On time. Cons: Fabulous. Tips: Beats driving. Pros: On time. Cons: Fabulous. Tips: Beats driving.

5.0

Beatrice

4 March 2020 - Solo travel

Amtrak Illini Service

Friendly staff, ensuring people got off at their appropriate stop by doing headcount.Friendly staff, ensuring people got off at their appropriate stop by doing headcount.

4.0

Thomas

1 March 2020 -

Amtrak Illini Service

Pros: No delays. We might even have been a bit early. Cons: The train was completely full. Apparently they did not have as many cars as usual. Tips: If you have a coach seat, get there early. There can be a long line. Pros: No delays. We might even have been a bit early. Cons: The train was completely full. Apparently they did not have as many cars as usual. Tips: If you have a coach seat, get there early. There can be a long line.

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