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Trip Summary

There are 14 daily trains from Chicago to Philadelphia. Traveling by train from Chicago to Philadelphia usually takes around 55 hours and 5 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Cardinal train can make the trip in 25 hours and 56 minutes.

Distance664 mi (1068 km)
Fastest train25h 56m
Lowest price£71.28
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Philadelphia

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Ashagre

15 January 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Cardinal

Pros: good. Cons: waiting time for customer service. Tips: safe and comfy.

Pros: good. Cons: waiting time for customer service. Tips: safe and comfy.

5.0

Amanda

8 November 2021- Business

Amtrak

Pros: I had to take 2 trains they were both on time and my layover was only about 30 minutes which was great. The 2nd train I got on I had both seats to myself so I had plenty of room to stretch out! Cons: The seats could be made more comfortable some people travel a l...

Pros: I had to take 2 trains they were both on time and my layover was only about 30 minutes which was great. The 2nd train I got on I had both seats to myself so I had plenty of room to stretch out! Cons: The seats could be made more comfortable some people travel a long way on the train other than that everything was great! Tips: Incase you don't feel like carrying your suitcase on the train you can check up to 2 bags for free it's included in your ticket no extra cost. I took advantage of this option. I checked my suitcase and only carried my backpack on the train. There is also a parcel check were you can leave your luggage incase you wanted to go somewhere without your luggage it's $10 per item if you are traveling with amtrak within the next 24hrs and $20 per item if you are not traveling with amtrak within the next 24 hrs . That i think is an awesome feature!!!

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

In the last month, £248.62 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Philadelphia. Given how far apart Chicago and Philadelphia are from each other, there's no getting around the fact that most train tickets are on the pricier side. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £182.36 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£455£303£152JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Philadelphia will vary between £189 and £446. Planning a train trip to Philadelphia within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is £189. 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

£246£197£147£98£49ASONDJFMAMJJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Chicago to Philadelphia by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £105 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Philadelphia in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £236 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

£287£229£172£115£573020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Philadelphia from Chicago will be about £182.36 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Philadelphia?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Philadelphia. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 14 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak142d 7h 56m£285.06
Amtrak Cardinal11d 1h 56m£142.62
  • 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 Philadelphia every day, as well as 14 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £92.

  • Amtrak Cardinal

    Amtrak Cardinal

    The Amtrak Cardinal is a long distance passenger rail service from New York to Chicago, connecting a total of 31 cities. As one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the Cardinal is a popular train line connecting the Northeast to the Southeast, and offers top-notch comfort thanks to its seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available for purchase in the Cardinal Café. There are usually 1 Cardinal trips from Chicago to Philadelphia per day, with an average trip length of 25 hours and 56 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia?

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

The distance between Chicago and Philadelphia is approximately 664 miles, or 1068 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 55 hours and 5 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 25 hours and 56 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?

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

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 Philadelphia?

There are 14 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Chicago to Philadelphia. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Philadelphia 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.

Philadelphia

We may feel a little bit more than just brotherly love for Philadelphia, a city steeped in history and culture. Where else can you channel your inner Rocky Balboa on his epic run, and later enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak as a reward?

Philadelphia’s affordability (especially compared to other East Coast cities) is just one of many reasons it is among Wanderu’s best destinations for college students. Another reason is how much there is to do! Early American history takes precedence at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, while museums abound on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, sometimes called the most artistic mile in the city. Fuel up at the Reading Terminal Market or Italian Market, both offering fresh food from local vendors, to prepare for a night hitting up the bars, clubs, and live music joints that line up South Street.

Philadelphia is a major hub for both Greyhound and Amtrak, and its 30th Street Station is one of the busiest stations in the country. The plentitude of ground travel and the nearby Philadelphia International Airport make this exciting city very easily accessible, even on a budget.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St - SJCDCS-0

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Main departure station: Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

Diridon Station opened in 1935 with architecture inspired by the Italian Renaissance, and today is a vital part of Silicon Valley’s transportation system. Diridon Station connects Amtrak train service to local commuter service like the Caltrain and VTA Light Rail. The station is also a major hub for bus transit on Amtrak Thruway and Greyhound buses. With paid parking onsite, bicycle racks, and accessible entrances, travelers can easily reach the station from nearby downtown San Jose. As a bonus, food trucks frequently set up outside the station to provide delicious cheap eats for passengers.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

  • 459 North Burdick Street

  • 100 S EK Gaylord Blvd

  • 4005 Taylor St

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • Central Station

  • Union Station

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

  • Dingell Transit Ctr - 21201 Michigan Ave

  • 5885 Horton St

  • 245 Second St

  • Union Station

  • 1301 W 11th St

  • 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station

  • 350 Hoefgen St

Where is the train station in Philadelphia?

Main arrival station: 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

Philadelphia has one train station.

Train stations in Philadelphia:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

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