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Trip Summary

There are 8 daily trains from Chicago to Mendota. Traveling by train from Chicago to Mendota usually takes around 3 hours and 47 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Southwest Chief train can make the trip in one hour and 21 minutes.

Distance80 mi (129 km)
Fastest train1h 21m
Lowest price£9.53
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines4

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Mendota

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Rebecca

5 May 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Carl Sandburg

First time rider. Was my trip back home from visiting Chicago.

First time rider. Was my trip back home from visiting Chicago.

5.0

Joseph

12 December 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Pros: Train was on time much easier than driving to Chicago and back. Cons: Top space for bags was a little narrow bag didn’t fit but had enough floor space to put it in. Tips: Be prepared for your departure when they announce your stop you should be getting ready to d...

Pros: Train was on time much easier than driving to Chicago and back. Cons: Top space for bags was a little narrow bag didn’t fit but had enough floor space to put it in. Tips: Be prepared for your departure when they announce your stop you should be getting ready to depart they are on a schedule.

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5.0

Craig

17 December 2019- Business

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Very relaxing ride to Chicago and back.

Very relaxing ride to Chicago and back.

5.0

Nathan

28 November 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Pros: Very easy to get a ticket last minute. The train departed and arrived exactly on time and the staff was very helpful. Cons: The WiFi wasn't working so I had to use my phone. I was only on the train for a little over an hour, so I didn't worry about escalating o...

Pros: Very easy to get a ticket last minute. The train departed and arrived exactly on time and the staff was very helpful. Cons: The WiFi wasn't working so I had to use my phone. I was only on the train for a little over an hour, so I didn't worry about escalating or asking for assistance. Tips: Sit back, relax and enjoy your ride.

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

In the last month, £11.13 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Mendota. 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 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £43.96 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£36£24£12MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Mendota will vary between £10 and £31. Planning a train trip to Mendota within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is £12. 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 Mendota by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for November. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £10 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Mendota in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £17 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

£60£48£36£24£123020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Mendota from Chicago will be about £43.96 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Mendota?

There are 4 train lines with service from Chicago to Mendota. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 6 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak621h 17m£99.35
Amtrak Carl Sandburg11h 24m£9.72
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr11h 24m£10.90
Amtrak Southwest Chief11h 21m£17.03
  • 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 6 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Mendota every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £17.

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  • Amtrak Carl Sandburg

    Amtrak Carl Sandburg

    Amtrak Carl Sandburg train tickets from Chicago to Mendota start from £10, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carl Sandburg schedules to Mendota. Amtrak Carl Sandburg in Chicago leaves from Union Station . And in Mendota trains arrive at 783 Main St .

    From Chicago to Mendota train travel on Amtrak Carl Sandburg takes 1 hours and 24 minutes. If you are looking to get to Mendota faster, Amtrak Carl Sandburg offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 21 minutes.

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

  • Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

    Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

    Amtrak Illinois Zephyr train tickets from Chicago to Mendota start from £10, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Illinois Zephyr schedules to Mendota. Amtrak Illinois Zephyr in Chicago leaves from Union Station . And in Mendota trains arrive at 783 Main St .

    From Chicago to Mendota train travel on Amtrak Illinois Zephyr takes 1 hours and 24 minutes. If you are looking to get to Mendota faster, Amtrak Illinois Zephyr offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 21 minutes.

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

  • Amtrak Southwest Chief

    Amtrak Southwest Chief

    The Southwest Chief is a passenger train operated by America’s largest train service, Amtrak. The full route travels over 2,200 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, which takes over 43 hours. The train covers the stretch from Chicago to Mendota in about 1 hours and 21 minutes. In addition to standard Coach Class seats, the Southwest Chief offers several sleeper cabin options on longer journeys. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is consistently ranked as one of the most scenic train routes in America, thanks to the stunning views of the Painted Desert, the Red Cliffs of Sedona, and the Grand Canyon you’ll see from your train window.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Chicago and Mendota is approximately 80 miles, or 129 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 47 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 21 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Chicago to Mendota are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 20:00. 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 Mendota?

There are 8 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Mendota. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Mendota 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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Departure stations

The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station

  • 18015 Park Ave

  • 401 S Illinois Ave

  • Penn Station

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

  • UoW Gruenhagen Conf Ctr - 208 Osceola St

  • 459 North Burdick Street

  • Dutch Mill Park & Ride Lot

  • University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

  • Union Terminal - 1301 Western Ave

  • Van Galder Bus Office

  • 245 Second St

  • Newark Penn Station

  • 913 Sheffield Ave

  • 1116 Depot St

Where is the train station in Mendota?

Arrival stations

Mendota has one train station.

Train stations in Mendota:

  • 783 Main St

Need a return trip from Mendota to Chicago?

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