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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to New Orleans?

Lowest Price£79.30
Fastest Train19h 42m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is New Orleans from Chicago?

New Orleans is 926.3 miles (1,490.7 kilometers) from Chicago via I-55 N and I-57 N.

How big is New Orleans?

New Orleans city proper is 349.85 square miles (906.10 square kilometers). It has a city population of 343,829 and a metro population of 1,262,888.

Is there a megabus for traveling from Chicago to New Orleans?

Unfortunately, there is no Megabus traveling from Chicago to New Orleans. Greyhound is the only bus carrier traveling from Chicago to New Orleans, with 6 trips offered per day, and an average price of $85.50. It takes, on average, 21 hours of travel to get there.

There is, however, an Amtrak route to New Orleans from Chicago that costs an average of $136.62. It also takes 20 hours to get there, but you’ll be in for a much more comfortable ride.

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to New Orleans 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.

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

In the last month, £79.30 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to New Orleans, LA. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to New Orleans?

The distance between Chicago and New Orleans is approximately 835 miles, or 1344 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 19 hours and 42 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Chicago to New Orleans are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Chicago at 20:00 and arrives in New Orleans around 19 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Chicago to New Orleans?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to New Orleans with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from New Orleans to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to New Orleans for £60.56.

Which train should you take from Chicago to New Orleans?

Amtrak City of New Orleans is the one and only train line which connects Chicago, Illinois to New Orleans, Louisiana. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak City of New Orleans119h 42m£87.99

Amtrak City of New Orleans train tickets from Chicago to New Orleans start from £79, and on average cost £88. Daily there are 1 Amtrak City of New Orleans schedules to New Orleans. Amtrak City of New Orleans in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in New Orleans trains arrive at Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave, From Chicago to New Orleans train travel on Amtrak City of New Orleans takes 19 hours and 42 minutes. If you are looking to travel to New Orleans on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak City of New Orleans scheduled trip per day, which will cost £84 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Where is the train station in Chicago?

There is one train station in Chicago:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Where is the train station in New Orleans?

New Orleans has one train station:

  • Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave

Price trends for trains from Chicago to New Orleans

Average prices by travel date

£108£72£36SepSep

Monthly average prices

£108£87£65£43£22AMJJASONDJFM

Prices as travel date approaches

£126£101£76£50£253020100

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to New Orleans, LA

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Arthur

29 March 2020 - Solo travel

Amtrak City of New Orleans

Pros: The view and the speed. Cons: Hot foods like hamburgers etc. Even more speed. Tips: Pack only what you need. Pros: The view and the speed. Cons: Hot foods like hamburgers etc. Even more speed. Tips: Pack only what you need.

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