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Trip Summary

There are usually 4 daily train trips available from Chicago to Boston. Traveling by train from Chicago to Boston usually takes 57 hours and 48 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Lake Shore Limited train can make the trip in 21 hours and 54 minutes.

Distance849 mi (1366 km)
Fastest train21h 54m
Lowest price£103.72
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Chicago to Boston

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Jose

6 August 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: The views on different location. Cons: Be more organize and communicate have a plan B if there any problem on routes. Tips: Go comfortable take pillow.

5.0

Violet

29 July 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: I love riding trains and this was a very good experience. I miss hanging out in the lounge car and meeting random people, but COVID took that away. Maybe someday we can have that again. Tips: Bring headphones and your cell phone charger!

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

The average price for a train ticket from Chicago to Boston is £312.55, The lengthy distance traveled between Chicago and Boston often means relatively more expensive train tickets. By booking your trip at least 19 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay £132.82 more.

Average prices by travel date

£439£293£146JulJul

The average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Boston is expected to fluctuate between £297 and £431 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Boston in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Chicago is £297.

Monthly average prices

£257£206£154£103£51ASONDJFMAMJJ
Mark your calendar for January if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Chicago to Boston. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of £154. If you're planning a trip from Chicago to Boston during April, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about £253 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

£435£348£261£174£873020100

If you're looking to save on your train trip from Chicago to Boston, book online with Wanderu at least 19 days in advance. That way, you’ll save £132.82 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Boston?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Boston. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak33d 0h 25m£407.30
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited121h 59m£165.33
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Boston every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £195.

  • The Amtrak Lake Shore Limited is an overnight train that runs along some of the best shorelines in the U.S., connecting New York City and Boston with Chicago. The service provides top-tier amenities to its passengers, including free WiFi and dining onboard. The Lake Shore Limited departs from Chicago (Union Station), Illinois in Chicago and arrives at South Station in Boston. The route takes about 21 hours and 59 minutes and ticket prices start at £104.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Chicago and Boston is approximately 849 miles, or 1366 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 57 hours and 48 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 21 hours and 54 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.

Trains departing from Chicago to Boston tend to have the most passengers on Tuesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Tuesday. 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 Saturday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Chicago at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 21:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Boston. 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 Boston 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.

Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love tasting the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Main departure station: Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

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:

  • Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

  • Pacific Central Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

Where is the train station in Boston?

Main arrival station: Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

Boston receives travelers from Chicago at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Boston:

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • South Station

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