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Trip Summary

There are 9 daily trains from Chicago to Plano. Traveling by train from Chicago to Plano usually takes around 24 hours and 18 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Carl Sandburg train can make the trip in 57 minutes.

Distance49 mi (79 km)
Fastest train0h 57m
Lowest price£7.75
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

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

In the last month, £79.18 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Plano. 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 £29.36 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Plano will vary between £65 and £125. Planning a train trip to Plano within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is £74. 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


If you are trying to decide when to travel from Chicago to Plano by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £8 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Plano in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £38 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


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 Plano from Chicago will be about £29.36 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Plano?

There are 3 train lines with service from Chicago to Plano. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 8 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak81d 6h 49m£119.29
Amtrak Carl Sandburg10h 57m£8.04
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr10h 57m£9.02
  • 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 8 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Plano every day, as well as 10 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £14.

  • Amtrak Carl Sandburg

    Amtrak Carl Sandburg

    Amtrak Carl Sandburg train tickets from Chicago to Plano start from £8, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carl Sandburg schedules to Plano. Amtrak Carl Sandburg in Chicago leaves from Union Station . And in Plano trains arrive at 101 W Main St .

    From Chicago to Plano train travel on Amtrak Carl Sandburg takes 0 hours and 57 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Plano 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 Plano start from £8, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Illinois Zephyr schedules to Plano. Amtrak Illinois Zephyr in Chicago leaves from Union Station . And in Plano trains arrive at 101 W Main St .

    From Chicago to Plano train travel on Amtrak Illinois Zephyr takes 0 hours and 57 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Plano 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Chicago and Plano is approximately 49 miles, or 79 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 24 hours and 18 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 57 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Plano.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from Chicago to Plano tend to have the most passengers on Monday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Monday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Wednesday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

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 17:00. 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 Plano?

There are 9 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Plano. 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 Plano to Chicago.

City Information


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?

New York, NY - Penn Station - NYCPEN-0

Departure stations

Pennsylvania Station, or just Penn Station, is the main train station in New York City. All Amtrak trains to and from NYC use Penn Station as their only train stop in Manhattan. Penn Station offers easy connections to various other types of transportation, including commuter rail (the Long Island Rail Road and the NJ Transit both operate out of Penn Station), airport transit, and six lines of the NYC Subway, making it the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere. Located in the heart of Manhattan, right by the world-famous Madison Square Garden, Penn Station is close to various points of interest such as Times Square and the Empire State Building, as well as many restaurants and retail stores.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Penn Station

  • Union Station

  • Newark Penn Station

  • 4 Veterans Plz and 1 Croton Pt Ave

  • Amtrak Metro-North Station - 5 Buena Vista Ave

  • Amtrak/Metro North Station

  • Metro-North Station - 1 Railroad Plz

  • 100 Middlesex Essex Tpke

  • University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

  • Dutch Mill Park & Ride Lot

  • 350 Hoefgen St

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

  • Newark Intl Airport

  • Union Station - 400 S Houston St

  • 3120 N Pontiac Dr

Where is the train station in Plano?

Arrival stations

Plano has one train station.

Train stations in Plano:

  • 101 W Main St

Need a return trip from Plano to Chicago?

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