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Trip Summary

There are 17 daily trains from Chicago to Princeton. Traveling by train from Chicago to Princeton usually takes around 21 hours and 28 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Southwest Chief train can make the trip in one hour and 42 minutes.

Distance101 mi (163 km)
Fastest train1h 42m
Lowest price£9.81
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines5

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Princeton

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Lee Ann

11 April 2022- Business

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: From Chicago to Princeton was fine. It was on time, smooth and comfortable. Cons: N/A.

Pros: From Chicago to Princeton was fine. It was on time, smooth and comfortable. Cons: N/A.

5.0

Mya

19 December 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Wifi

Wifi

5.0

Rosine

21 September 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Carl Sandburg

Pros: The train Left on time and arrived in Princeton on time. Cons: Absolutely nothing. Tips: Buy your ticket online before arriving at the station.

Pros: The train Left on time and arrived in Princeton on time. Cons: Absolutely nothing. Tips: Buy your ticket online before arriving at the station.

4.0

Jordan

25 July 2021- Couples trip

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Train departed on time and arrived at our destination early. Cons: We were only the 2nd stop from Chicago, but we never saw any amtrak staff once we boarded the train and our tickets were scanned. Our stop wasn't announced over the loudspeaker, which could've be...

Pros: Train departed on time and arrived at our destination early. Cons: We were only the 2nd stop from Chicago, but we never saw any amtrak staff once we boarded the train and our tickets were scanned. Our stop wasn't announced over the loudspeaker, which could've been bad if we hadn't seen the water tower on our way into town. Mask mandates were lifted in Illinois, but are still required on the train. Many people had masks around their chins or no mask at all.

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5.0

Michael

5 July 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Carl Sandburg

Pros: Everything. Cons: N/A.

Pros: Everything. Cons: N/A.

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

In the last month, £80.62 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Princeton. 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 £36.46 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£209£139£70MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Princeton will vary between £12 and £207. Planning a train trip to Princeton 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

£102£82£61£41£20JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Chicago to Princeton by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £11 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Princeton in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £99 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

£123£98£74£49£253020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Princeton from Chicago will be about £36.46 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Princeton?

There are 5 train lines with service from Chicago to Princeton. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 14 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak141d 5h 50m£149.82
Amtrak California Zephyr11h 45m£15.43
Amtrak Carl Sandburg11h 45m£12.63
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr11h 45m£13.84
Amtrak Southwest Chief11h 43m£18.43
  • 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 14 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Princeton every day, as well as 11 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £19.

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  • Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak’s California Zephyr travels over 2,400 miles to connect Chicago to the San Francisco area. The full journey takes over 50 hours, so many passengers upgrade to a sleeper cabin for added privacy and comfort. The Zephyr is one of Amtrak’s most scenic routes, and the sightseer lounge’s panoramic windows offer the best views of the Rockies, the Sierra Nevadas, and the Great Salt Lake along the route.

  • Amtrak Carl Sandburg

    Amtrak Carl Sandburg

    Amtrak Carl Sandburg train tickets from Chicago to Princeton start from £12, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carl Sandburg schedules to Princeton. Amtrak Carl Sandburg in Chicago leaves from Union Station . And in Princeton trains arrive at 107 Bicentennial Dr .

    From Chicago to Princeton train travel on Amtrak Carl Sandburg takes 1 hours and 45 minutes. If you are looking to get to Princeton faster, Amtrak Carl Sandburg offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 42 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Princeton 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 Princeton start from £12, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Illinois Zephyr schedules to Princeton. Amtrak Illinois Zephyr in Chicago leaves from Union Station . And in Princeton trains arrive at 107 Bicentennial Dr .

    From Chicago to Princeton train travel on Amtrak Illinois Zephyr takes 1 hours and 45 minutes. If you are looking to get to Princeton faster, Amtrak Illinois Zephyr offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 42 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Princeton 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 Princeton in about 1 hours and 43 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 Princeton 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 Princeton?

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

The distance between Chicago and Princeton is approximately 101 miles, or 163 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 21 hours and 28 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 42 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 departing from Chicago to Princeton tend to have the most passengers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. 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 Thursday 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 19:00. 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 Princeton?

There are 17 scheduled trains on most days. 4 of these are direct connections to Princeton. 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 Princeton 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?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Chicago where you can board the train.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • South Station

  • Union Station

  • Penn Station

  • Union Station

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

  • Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St

  • State Street Station

  • Newark Penn Station

  • Union Station

  • Regional Transportation Center - 1 Walsh Cir

  • Syracuse Hancock Intl Apt

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

Where is the train station in Princeton?

Arrival stations

Princeton has one train station.

Train stations in Princeton:

  • 107 Bicentennial Dr

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