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Trip Summary

On most days, there is one scheduled train that travels from Chicago to St Joseph. The train trip from Chicago to St Joseph is usually about 4 hours and 30 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Pere Marquette train can get you there in as little as one hour and 43 minutes.

Distance60 mi (97 km)
Fastest train1h 43m
Lowest price£9.53
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pere Marquette
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to St Joseph

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)




26 August 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Pere Marquette

The train left on time and arrived on time. I will happily use it again between my home in St. Joseph and Chicago.


Mary Jan Victoria

26 June 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Pere Marquette

Seats are very comfy and spacious



1 January 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak Pere Marquette

Pros: I don’t have to drive. Cons: Seat.



17 July 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Pere Marquette

Pros: Very clean and comfy accommodations, never took Amtrak before but this experience was pleasant. Cons: I would have loved to purchase a snack but the lines were impossible. At least 30+minutes. Tips: Relax and enjoy. Bring your own snacks.

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

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Chicago to St Joseph was £9.53. This is a fantastic deal for train travel. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to St Joseph if you book your train tickets at least 29 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra £13.14.

Monthly average prices

You can find the lowest prices on this route during May. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Chicago to St Joseph, with the average price at just £19. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in November, when the average price goes up to £47. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


If you're looking to save on your train trip from Chicago to St Joseph, book online with Wanderu at least 29 days in advance. That way, you’ll save £13.14 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to St Joseph?

Amtrak Pere Marquette is the one and only train line which connects Chicago to St Joseph. 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 Pere Marquette14h 31m£29.88
  • Named after a famous French explorer, the Amtrak Pere Marquette is a train route from Grand Rapids to Chicago. The Pere Marquette travels from Chicago to St Joseph in about 4 hours and 31 minutes. Trains include onboard WiFi, a cafe car, and a quiet car ideal for sleeping or working. The Pere Marquette is consistently rated highly for its timely service and quality train cars by passengers traveling to St Joseph.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Chicago and St Joseph is approximately 60 miles, or 97 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 30 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 43 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Chicago to St Joseph on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Thursday. Thursday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Chicago at 06:00 and arrives in St Joseph about an hour later.

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to St Joseph 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 St Joseph 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?

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

  • Vernon J. Ehlers Station

  • 171 Lincoln Ave

Where is the train station in St Joseph?

Main arrival station: 410 1/2 Vine Street

St Joseph has one train station.

Train stations in St Joseph:

  • 410 1/2 Vine Street

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