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Galesburg-Chicago Train Timetable

Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Galesburg to Chicago. Traveling by train from Galesburg to Chicago usually takes around 2 hours and 58 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Illinois Zephyr train can make the trip in 2 hours and 56 minutes.

Distance156 mi (251 km)
Fastest train2h 56m
Lowest price£13.66
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Illinois Zephyr
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Galesburg, IL to Chicago, IL

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

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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, £15.12 was the average price of a train ticket from Galesburg, IL to Chicago, IL. 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 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £12.94 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£43£29£14MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Galesburg to Chicago will vary between £14 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 £14. 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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Traveling from Galesburg to Chicago by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around £16 whenever you decide to board the train to Chicago.

Prices as travel date approaches

£36£29£22£14£73020100

Since the average price of train trips from Galesburg to Chicago remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Galesburg to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Galesburg, Illinois to Chicago, Illinois. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr12h 56m£19.17
Amtrak Southwest Chief13h 3m£19.25

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?

Trains from Galesburg to Chicago are the most crowded on Friday. 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 Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Galesburg at 07:00 and arrives in Chicago around 2 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Galesburg to Chicago?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Chicago with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Galesburg. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Galesburg to Chicago for £36.67.

City Information

Chicago

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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.

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:

Other train stations in Galesburg:

  • 225 S Seminary St

Where is the train station in Chicago?

chicago union station

Image credit: Jeramey Jannene

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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.

Other train stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

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