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Trip Summary

3 trains operate daily from Waterloo to Chicago. The train trip from Waterloo to Chicago is usually about 3 hours and 17 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Capitol Limited train can get you there in as little as 3 hours and 9 minutes.

Distance138 mi (222 km)
Fastest train3h 9m
Lowest price£21.43
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lake Shore Limited
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Waterloo to Chicago

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)



Joan B

29 January 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Pros: Everything. Cons: Heard bathroom s were questionable Did not use. Tips: He et your ticket and arrive station early.



1 December 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Fast and easy way to travel to chicago. Cons: Nothing that I can think of. Tips: No.



14 October 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Relaxing, quick. Cons: Wi-Fi needs improvements.



14 October 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: SAW HARRY STYLES IN CONCERT. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Just enjoy!!!!!



30 July 2022- Couples trip

Amtrak Capitol Limited

I liked how spacious the train was. Lots of leg room and it was on time.

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

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Waterloo to Chicago was £30.96. At this price, taking the train is the cheap and easy way to go. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Chicago if you book your train tickets at least 18 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra £17.20.

Monthly average prices

You can find the lowest prices on this route during February. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Waterloo to Chicago, with the average price at just £31. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in September, when the average price goes up to £56. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Waterloo to Chicago. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 18 days before departure, you can save around £17.20. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Waterloo to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Waterloo to Chicago. 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 Limited13h 10m£46.47
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited23h 21m£42.49
  • Passing through seven states, 16 cities, and various National Parks, Amtrak Capitol Limited connects Washington D.C. and Chicago, on 750 miles of railroad. Taking over 17 hours for a complete trip, these trains offer various overnight accommodations and feature panoramic observation cars where passengers can enjoy exceptional scenery. The trains include various options for food; however, WiFi connectivity is not available onboard due to the rural nature of the route.

  • The Amtrak Lake Shore Limited is an overnight train that runs along some of the best shorelines in the U.S., connecting New York City and Boston with Chicago. The service provides top-tier amenities to its passengers, including free WiFi and dining onboard. The Lake Shore Limited departs from 485 West Van Vleek Street in Waterloo and arrives at Chicago (Union Station), Illinois in Chicago. The route takes about 3 hours and 21 minutes and ticket prices start at £20.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Waterloo and Chicago is approximately 138 miles, or 222 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 9 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

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

The earliest train departs Waterloo at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 07:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

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

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

City Information


Waterloo, IN, US - WTI-0

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Waterloo is a town in Indiana, getting its unique name from the man who owned land on both sides of the area. Despite being a small town, it offers a wide range of activities for families and sports lovers. You can take golf classes at the Bridgewater Golf Club or go skating with the family at the Skatin' Station. The family-friendly town is home to the Ft Wayne Children's Zoo and Potawatomi Zoo. During your visit, some historical markers to check out include the Immaculate Conception Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Shopping enthusiasts will be pleased in Waterloo, as the town is home to different specialty shops and boutiques. You can also visit when the De Kalb County Fair is in town, offering special events and auctions. The Summer Parade and Festival is an annual highlight in Waterloo, offering delicious food, activities for all ages, and fun presentations.

Waterloo is known as the crossroads of Northeastern Indiana, as it connects several major transportation routes. The travel hub has routes like I-69, US G, and IN 427 and is the only Amtrak passenger train stop in northeast Indiana.


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 Waterloo?

Main departure station: 485 West Van Vleek Street

There is one train station in Waterloo.

All train stations in Waterloo:

  • 485 West Van Vleek Street

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Main arrival station: Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

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:

  • Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

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