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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from South Bend to Chicago. Traveling by train from South Bend to Chicago usually takes around one hour and 59 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Limited train can make the trip in one hour and 54 minutes.

Distance72 mi (116 km)
Fastest train1h 54m
Lowest price£11.41
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lake Shore Limited
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from South Bend, IN to Chicago, IL

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Jonathan

12 October 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited
Pros: It was cheap. Cons: Over two hours late! Wasted money on an uber when I could have walked and still been on time. Tips: Use the South Shore Line instead! Pros: It was cheap. Cons: Over two hours late! Wasted money on an uber when I could have walked and still been on time. Tips: Use the South Shore Line instead!

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

In the last month, £11.73 was the average price of a train ticket from South Bend, IN 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 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £4.59 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from South Bend 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 £13 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 South Bend 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 South Bend to Chicago?

2 train services operate from South Bend, Indiana to Chicago, Illinois. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Capitol Limited11h 54m£15.38
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited22h 1m£11.76

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from South Bend 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 South Bend to Chicago?

The distance between South Bend and Chicago is approximately 72 miles, or 116 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 59 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 54 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 from South Bend to Chicago are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Saturday 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 South Bend at 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 08:00. 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 South Bend to Chicago?

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

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to South Bend. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from South Bend to Chicago for £10.70.

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 South Bend?

Departure stations

There is one train station in South Bend:

Other train stations in South Bend:

  • 2702 W Washington 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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