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Cheap train tickets from Chicago to Madison


Schedule & Pricing Info

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Madison?

Lowest Price£24.48
Fastest Train2h 20m
Trains Per Day11
Train Lines1
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you find cheap train tickets from Chicago to Madison?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Chicago to Madison is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Chicago to Madison was £30.65. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 12 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of £1.87 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from Chicago to Madison?

The distance between Chicago and Madison is approximately 122.40 miles, or 196.93 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 4 hours and 9 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 20 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.

What is the busiest day for trains from Chicago to Madison?

On Friday trains from Chicago to Madison are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Sunday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from Chicago to Madison?

Typically there are 11 schedules to compare for your trip to Madison. One train carrier operates regular service on the Chicago to Madison route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between Chicago to Madison, usually offering 10.717 trips per day. 5 train trips per day are direct connections to Madison, if you're looking to get there faster, direct schedules will typically be more time efficient.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Coach tickets from Chicago to Madison, which start at £0.82.

One train company connects Chicago to Madison


Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to Madison start from £24.48, and on average cost £31.13. Daily there are 10.716667 Amtrak schedules to Madison. Amtrak in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Madison trains arrive at University of Wisconsin and one other train station.

From Chicago to Madison train travel on Amtrak takes 4 hours and 10 minutes. If you are looking to get to Madison faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 20 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 10.0625 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £30.42 for a one-way train ticket to Madison.

Avg. Time
4h 10m
Avg. Price

Plan your next adventure

There is one train station from which trains depart Chicago on their way to Madison:
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
There are 2 different stations where trains from Chicago arrive in Madison. You can review and use the directions feature on Wanderu to see which station is closest to your final destination. These are the busiest arriving train stations in Madison:
  • University of Wisconsin
  • 4 Collins Ct

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