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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to St Louis?

Lowest price€20.91
Fastest train5h 30m
Trains per day3
Train lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there buses from Chicago to St. Louis?

Yes, there are 3 bus companies that offer service from Chicago to St. Louis: Greyhound, Megabus and OurBus. Of those, Ourbus is the cheapest, with tickets averaging about $15.

What’s the difference between Amtrak Texas Eagle and Lincoln Service?

The Amtrak Texas Eagle is the more expensive of the two train lines, with tickets averaging about $10 more than the Lincoln Service (which is also known as the Illinois Service). There are 3 Lincoln Service trains per day, versus just 1 Texas Eagle, which means you’ll have more options to fit your schedule on the Lincoln line.

Otherwise, both trains take about 5 hours 30 minutes, and they take the same route, which passes through Bloomington, IL and Springfield, IL on the way to St. Louis.

Is Chicago to St. Louis a good family vacation?

St. Louis is a terrific destination to travel with your family, if your kids can endure the almost 6 hour train ride. Thankfully, Amtrak trains are very comfortable, which should make the time go by faster.

St. Louis itself has plenty of fun activities for your family. The City Museum is among the best in the entire U.S. for children, with interactive exhibits the kids can climb all over, making it a good venue to let out some energy. The St. Louis Zoo is well-known for its impressive collection of animals, and the iconic Gateway Arch is a site to behold.

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to St Louis 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 St Louis?

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

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

In the last month, €27.18 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to St Louis, MO. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €16.91 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to St Louis?

The distance between Chicago and St Louis is approximately 262 miles, or 422 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 5 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 30 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 St Louis are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 09:00 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 St Louis?

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Chicago to St Louis.

You can also take a train for your return trip from St Louis to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to St Louis for €25.09.

Which train should you take from Chicago to St Louis?

There are 3 train lines with service from Chicago, Illinois to St Louis, Missouri. Amtrak Lincoln Service is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak19h 25m€70.39
Amtrak Lincoln Service25h 33m€28.72
Amtrak Texas Eagle25h 36m€35.33

Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to St Louis start from €60, and on average cost €70. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to St Louis. Amtrak in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in St Louis trains arrive at Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St, From Chicago to St Louis train travel on Amtrak takes 9 hours and 25 minutes. If you are looking to get to St Louis faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 30 minutes. If you are looking to travel to St Louis on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak scheduled trip per day, which will cost €72 for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Amtrak Lincoln Service train tickets from Chicago to St Louis start from €21, and on average cost €29. Daily there are 2 Amtrak Lincoln Service schedules to St Louis. Amtrak Lincoln Service in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in St Louis trains arrive at Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St, From Chicago to St Louis train travel on Amtrak Lincoln Service takes 5 hours and 33 minutes. If you are looking to get to St Louis faster, Amtrak Lincoln Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 30 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Lincoln Service offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay €33 for a one-way train ticket to St Louis.

Amtrak Texas Eagle train tickets from Chicago to St Louis start from €21, and on average cost €35. Daily there are 2 Amtrak Texas Eagle schedules to St Louis. Amtrak Texas Eagle in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in St Louis trains arrive at Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St, From Chicago to St Louis train travel on Amtrak Texas Eagle takes 5 hours and 36 minutes. If you are looking to get to St Louis faster, Amtrak Texas Eagle offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 30 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Texas Eagle offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay €42 for a one-way train ticket to St Louis.

Price trends for trains from Chicago to St Louis

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to St Louis, MO

(Based on 21 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Aurelia

28 March 2021 - Solo travel

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: Quit and spacious. Cons: Said there was WiFi but the wifi didn’t really work. Although, everything else was great. Tips: Bring neck pillow. Pros: Quit and spacious. Cons: Said there was WiFi but the wifi didn’t really work. Although, everything else was great. Tips: Bring neck pillow.

5.0

Catherine

21 January 2020 - Solo travel

Amtrak Texas Eagle

Seeing family!Seeing family!

4.0

Maria Antonietta

16 December 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: It was on time. Cons: The wagon was cold, needed a heating system in the wagon. Pros: It was on time. Cons: The wagon was cold, needed a heating system in the wagon.

5.0

Akhila

12 November 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: Very quiet and comfortable trip Very punctual Enjoyed the journey. Cons: Just fine. Tips: Very convenient travel. Pros: Very quiet and comfortable trip Very punctual Enjoyed the journey. Cons: Just fine. Tips: Very convenient travel.

5.0

Rosa E

18 October 2019 -

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Thanks so much.. everything was wonderful Thanks so much.. everything was wonderful

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