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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Grand Rapids to Chicago. Traveling by train from Grand Rapids to Chicago usually takes around 4 hours and 8 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance125 mi (201 km)
Fastest train4h 8m
Lowest price£27.85
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pere Marquette
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Grand Rapids to Chicago

(Based on 20 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Wanette

19 March 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Pere Marquette

Pros: I loved not worrying about dtiving and manuvering in Chicago traffic !! Tips: Amtrac staff is very helpful.

Pros: I loved not worrying about dtiving and manuvering in Chicago traffic !! Tips: Amtrac staff is very helpful.

5.0

Connie L

12 March 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Pere Marquette

The view. We live in a beautiful state.

The view. We live in a beautiful state.

5.0

Susan

25 February 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Pere Marquette

It was very smooth getting onboard and great having a row to myself

It was very smooth getting onboard and great having a row to myself

5.0

Tasha

17 January 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Pere Marquette

Pros: The staff was helpful. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Nothing.

Pros: The staff was helpful. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Nothing.

5.0

Victoria

27 November 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Pere Marquette

Pros: Very satisfied. Staff customer service excellent. Cons: Spruce up restrooms. Tips: Sit back & enjoy the ride.

Pros: Very satisfied. Staff customer service excellent. Cons: Spruce up restrooms. Tips: Sit back & enjoy the ride.

Grand Rapids to Chicago Route Map

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

In the last month, £28.50 was the average price of a train ticket from Grand Rapids to Chicago. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. 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 £7.70 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£36£24£12MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Grand Rapids to Chicago will vary between £28 and £34. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Grand Rapids over the next 7 days is £28. 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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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Grand Rapids to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £27 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Grand Rapids to Chicago in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £30 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

£40£32£24£16£83020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Chicago from Grand Rapids will be about £7.70 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Grand Rapids to Chicago?

Amtrak Pere Marquette is the one and only train line which connects Grand Rapids to Chicago. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Pere Marquette14h 8m£29.99
  • Amtrak Pere Marquette

    Amtrak Pere Marquette

    Named after a famous French explorer, the Amtrak Pere Marquette is a train route from Grand Rapids to Chicago. The Pere Marquette travels from Grand Rapids to Chicago in about 4 hours and 8 minutes. Trains include onboard WiFi, a cafe car, and a quiet car ideal for sleeping or working. The Pere Marquette is consistently rated highly for its timely service and quality train cars by passengers traveling to Chicago.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids to Chicago?

The distance between Grand Rapids and Chicago is approximately 125 miles, or 201 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 8 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from Grand Rapids 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 Friday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Grand Rapids at 06:00 and arrives in Chicago around 4 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids.

City Information

Grand Rapids

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Grand Rapids, MI - GRR-1

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Blessed with unspoiled nature and a blossoming art scene, Grand Rapids is the perfect destination to enjoy a quick weekend getaway. To fully enjoy the vast swath of rolling hills and orchards the city has to offer, head towards Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery, where you can pick apples like a local and enjoy delicious regional wines. This location also features apple products such as apple ciders and apple pies, making it a true haven for foodies. If you wish to explore the historical values and heritage of the city, check out the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, which features plenty of memorabilia of the former president. For even more local produce, head to the Downtown Market.

Due to its proximity to nature, Grand Rapids offers the freshest local home-cooked dishes. Some notable local favorites include The Sovengard, which makes Scandinavian dishes using local ingredients, and six.one.six, an upscale establishment that offers French-inspired dishes similarly featuring local produce.

Grand Rapids includes bus and train service throughout the Midwest and beyond. The nearest airport is the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, located 9.4 miles from the city center.

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 Grand Rapids?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Grand Rapids.

All train stations in Grand Rapids:

  • Vernon J. Ehlers Station

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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