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Mattoon-Carbondale Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Mattoon to Carbondale. Traveling by train from Mattoon to Carbondale usually takes around 2 hours and 25 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak City of New Orleans train can make the trip in 2 hours and 8 minutes.

Distance130 mi (209 km)
Fastest train2h 8m
Lowest price£6.36
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Illini Service
Train lines2

Which train should you take from Mattoon to Carbondale?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak City of New Orleans12h 8m£12.27
Amtrak Illini Service12h 40m£11.30

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Mattoon to Carbondale 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 Mattoon to Carbondale?

The distance between Mattoon and Carbondale is approximately 130 miles, or 209 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 25 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 8 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 Mattoon to Carbondale are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Mattoon at 18:00 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 Mattoon to Carbondale?

Trains leave the station in Mattoon twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Carbondale with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Carbondale to Mattoon. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Mattoon to Carbondale for £67.80.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Mattoon?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Mattoon.

Where is the train station in Carbondale?

Arrival stations

Carbondale has one train station.

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