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Trip Summary

There are 22 daily trains from Chicago to Salt Lake City. Traveling by train from Chicago to Salt Lake City usually takes around 58 hours and 21 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak California Zephyr train can make the trip in 34 hours and 5 minutes.

Distance1257 mi (2023 km)
Fastest train34h 5m
Lowest price£98.52
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Salt Lake City

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Daphne

7 September 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Comfy. Cons: Floor could have been mopped in the snack area bottom floor. It was sticky. Tips: Na.

Pros: Comfy. Cons: Floor could have been mopped in the snack area bottom floor. It was sticky. Tips: Na.

What is the price of a train ticket from Chicago to Salt Lake City?

In the last month, £228.44 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Salt Lake City. Given how far apart Chicago and Salt Lake City 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 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £79.13 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£569£380£190MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Salt Lake City will vary between £187 and £560. Planning a train trip to Salt Lake City within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is £211. 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

£303£242£182£121£61JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Chicago to Salt Lake City by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for November. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £120 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Salt Lake City in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £283 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

£323£258£194£129£653020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 24 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Salt Lake City from Chicago will be about £79.13 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Salt Lake City?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Salt Lake City. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 21 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak212d 11h 15m£271.01
Amtrak California Zephyr11d 10h 6m£187.24
  • 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 21 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Salt Lake City every day, as well as 17 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £109.

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  • Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak’s California Zephyr travels over 2,400 miles to connect Chicago to the San Francisco area. The full journey takes over 50 hours, so many passengers upgrade to a sleeper cabin for added privacy and comfort. The Zephyr is one of Amtrak’s most scenic routes, and the sightseer lounge’s panoramic windows offer the best views of the Rockies, the Sierra Nevadas, and the Great Salt Lake along the route.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City?

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

The distance between Chicago and Salt Lake City is approximately 1257 miles, or 2023 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 58 hours and 21 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 34 hours and 5 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 departing from Chicago to Salt Lake City tend to have the most passengers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. 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 Monday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

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 23:00. 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 Salt Lake City?

There are 22 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Chicago to Salt Lake City. 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 Salt Lake City 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.

Salt Lake City

A city shrouded in a mystical veil to most visitors, Salt Lake City stands among one of the most culturally unique destinations in the U.S. Salt Lake City offers tourists a unique chance to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and Temple Square is the best place to do so. Housing the Salt Lake Temple along with other significant historic buildings, the square will take you back to the earliest days of the city, immersing you in a unique cultural experience. While here, don’t miss out on the chance to visit the Great Salt Lake itself and to dive into its cool and refreshing water.

Salt Lake City features a diverse food scene, with Mexican food receiving a lot of attention. Those who wish to enjoy the best Mexican dishes in town could try Red Iguana. For travelers who are simply looking for the best burgers, Crown Burgers’ char-broiled patties will certainly be a great choice.

The Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub is the central transportation hub in the city. It is currently served by several rail services such as Amtrak, TRAX, and FrontRunner. Travelers can also catch Greyhound buses at the station. The Salt Lake City International Airport is the main airport for the city. Located about 4 miles west of Downtown, the airport is a major gateway to the Mountain West and the West Coast region.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

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Departure stations

Union Station is a historic bus and train station located in the downtown area of Hartford, CT. Built in 1889, the station serves as the main stop in Hartford for all four Amtrak train lines that pass through the city, including the Northeast Regional, the Vermonter and the Valley Flyer, as well as the Hartford Line commuter train. Union Station is also used by bus carriers Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Lines as their main bus stop in Downtown Hartford. The station is easily accessible from all parts of the city and its surrounding areas through a variety of local and express transit bus lines. At Hartford’s Union Station, you will find some fast food options and vending machines, as well as restrooms and a waiting area.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station - 1 Union Pl

  • 41 Central St

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • Penn Station

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

  • Newark Penn Station

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • Union Station

  • 350 S Illinois St

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Salt Lake City?

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Arrival stations

The Amtrak Station is a part of Salt Lake Central Station, the principal transportation hub in Salt Lake City. The station is within walking distance from the Bus Terminal, allowing you to easily transfer to bus service on Amtrak Thruway or Jefferson Lines. Along with UTA commuter rail, the station serves Amtrak’s California Zephyr on its journey from Emeryville to Chicago. A park-and-ride lot is available across the street, and travelers can rent bikes from the on-site bicycle sharing service, Greenbike. However you get around town, you’ll appreciate the convenience of the Amtrak station, located less than a mile from the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

Train stations in Salt Lake City:

  • 340 S 600 W

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