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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Galesburg to Chicago. Traveling by train from Galesburg to Chicago usually takes around 2 hours and 58 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Carl Sandburg train can make the trip in 2 hours and 56 minutes.

Distance156 mi (251 km)
Fastest train2h 56m
Lowest price£15.09
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Carl Sandburg
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Galesburg to Chicago

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13 July 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: Very relaxing, didn’t have to drive. Cons: Nothing, everything was great.

Pros: Very relaxing, didn’t have to drive. Cons: Nothing, everything was great.

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

In the last month, £19.07 was the average price of a train ticket from Galesburg to Chicago. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. 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 £13.11 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£48£32£16MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Galesburg to Chicago will vary between £19 and £37. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Galesburg over the next 7 days is £19. 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

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Galesburg to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £17 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Galesburg to Chicago in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £27 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

£40£32£24£16£83020100

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 Chicago from Galesburg will be about £13.11 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Galesburg to Chicago?

There are 3 train lines with service from Galesburg to Chicago. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Carl Sandburg12h 56m£19.62
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr12h 57m£23.18
Amtrak Southwest Chief13h 3m£33.63
  • Amtrak Carl Sandburg

    Amtrak Carl Sandburg

    Amtrak Carl Sandburg train tickets from Galesburg to Chicago start from £19, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carl Sandburg schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Carl Sandburg in Galesburg leaves from 225 S Seminary St . And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station .

    From Galesburg to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Carl Sandburg takes 2 hours and 56 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Carl Sandburg scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Galesburg.

  • Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

    Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

    Amtrak Illinois Zephyr train tickets from Galesburg to Chicago start from £19, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Illinois Zephyr schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Illinois Zephyr in Galesburg leaves from 225 S Seminary St . And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station .

    From Galesburg to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Illinois Zephyr takes 2 hours and 57 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak Illinois Zephyr offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 56 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Illinois Zephyr scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Galesburg.

  • Amtrak Southwest Chief

    Amtrak Southwest Chief

    The Southwest Chief is a passenger train operated by America’s largest train service, Amtrak. The full route travels over 2,200 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, which takes over 43 hours. The train covers the stretch from Galesburg to Chicago in about 3 hours and 3 minutes. In addition to standard Coach Class seats, the Southwest Chief offers several sleeper cabin options on longer journeys. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is consistently ranked as one of the most scenic train routes in America, thanks to the stunning views of the Painted Desert, the Red Cliffs of Sedona, and the Grand Canyon you’ll see from your train window.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Galesburg to Chicago 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.

How long is the train journey from Galesburg to Chicago?

The distance between Galesburg and Chicago is approximately 156 miles, or 251 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 58 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 56 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Galesburg to Chicago 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.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Galesburg at 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 18:00. 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 Galesburg to Chicago?

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

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Galesburg.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Galesburg?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Galesburg.

All train stations in Galesburg:

  • 225 S Seminary St

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Arrival stations

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.

Train stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station

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