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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Plano to Chicago. Traveling by train from Plano to Chicago usually takes around one hour and 12 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance49 mi (79 km)
Fastest train1h 12m
Lowest price£7.77
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Illinois Zephyr
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Plano to Chicago

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Katherine J

24 November 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: Smooth, direct and comfortable. Cons: The train was 1 hour late for trip into Chicago. Heard it was engine problem😳. Tips: Dress warm Incase train is late as the depot was not open.

Pros: Smooth, direct and comfortable. Cons: The train was 1 hour late for trip into Chicago. Heard it was engine problem😳. Tips: Dress warm Incase train is late as the depot was not open.

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

In the last month, £8.06 was the average price of a train ticket from Plano 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 19 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £5.22 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Plano to Chicago will vary between £8 and £11. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Plano over the next 7 days is £8. 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 Plano 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 £8 whenever you decide to board the train to Chicago.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Plano 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 Plano to Chicago?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Carl Sandburg11h 12m£8.01
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr11h 12m£9.44
  • Amtrak Carl Sandburg

    Amtrak Carl Sandburg

    Amtrak Carl Sandburg train tickets from Plano to Chicago start from £8, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carl Sandburg schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Carl Sandburg in Plano leaves from 101 W Main St . And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station .

    From Plano to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Carl Sandburg takes 1 hours and 12 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 Plano.

  • Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

    Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

    Amtrak Illinois Zephyr train tickets from Plano to Chicago start from £8, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Illinois Zephyr schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Illinois Zephyr in Plano leaves from 101 W Main St . And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station .

    From Plano to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Illinois Zephyr takes 1 hours and 12 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 Plano.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Plano 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 Plano to Chicago?

The distance between Plano and Chicago is approximately 49 miles, or 79 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 12 minutes, As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from Plano to Chicago tend to have the most passengers on Monday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Monday. 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 Saturday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Plano at 09:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 20:00. 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 Plano to Chicago?

Trains leave the station in Plano twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Chicago 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 Chicago to Plano.

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 Plano?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Plano.

All train stations in Plano:

  • 101 W Main 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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