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Trip Summary

3 trains operate daily from Kalamazoo to Chicago. The train trip from Kalamazoo to Chicago is usually about 2 hours and 26 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Wolverine train can get you there in as little as 2 hours and 16 minutes.

Distance109 mi (175 km)
Fastest train2h 16m
Lowest price£22.05
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Wolverine
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Kalamazoo to Chicago

(Based on 29 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Lydia

14 December 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: I loved that the train was clean and on time. Seats were comfy. Cons: NA. Tips: NA.

5.0

Ada

22 May 2023- Couples trip

Amtrak Blue Water

Pros: Nice to be able to sit back and enjoy the view. Cons: Nothing at this time. Tips: No.

5.0

Brandon

18 March 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Wolverine

Seats were comfortable

4.0

Tatenda Charles

28 October 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Blue Water

The Wi-Fi

5.0

Jessie

8 September 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Blue Water

Better wifi connection

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Kalamazoo and Chicago cost £32.03, on average. This price makes taking the train a budget-friendly option to get to Chicago. Booking your trip at least 29 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around £28.23 more.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Kalamazoo to Chicago will vary between £24 and £59. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Kalamazoo over the next 7 days is £29. 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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Mark your calendar for May if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Kalamazoo to Chicago. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of £25. If you're planning a trip from Kalamazoo to Chicago during March, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about £31 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Kalamazoo to Chicago. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 29 days before departure, you can save around £28.23. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Kalamazoo to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Kalamazoo to Chicago. Amtrak Wolverine 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 Blue Water12h 19m£38.50
Amtrak Wolverine22h 30m£41.94
  • The Blue Water is a higher-speed Amtrak train line that travels 319 miles between Chicago, IL and Port Huron, MI. Both Coach and Business Class tickets are available to purchase on the Blue Water, but if you’re looking to save, make sure to book early and you could find tickets for as low as £22. Blue Water trains include amenities like free WiFi, cafe service, and power outlets at every seat.

  • The Amtrak Wolverine provides rail service from Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan, and offers 2 trips per day. Each train features amenities such as a cafe car and onboard WiFi. The average ticket price from Kalamazoo to Chicago on the Wolverine is , but you can find deals for as low as £22.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Kalamazoo and Chicago is approximately 109 miles, or 175 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 26 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 16 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.

Trains from Kalamazoo to Chicago are the most crowded on Sunday. 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.

The earliest train departs Kalamazoo at 09:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 21:00. 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 Kalamazoo to Chicago.

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

City Information

Kalamazoo

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As an eclectic college town in Michigan, Kalamazoo is a vibrant city full of attractions and fun things to do. When visiting the town, don't miss the famous Kalamazoo Valley Museum, where you'll find history, technology, and science exhibitions. The star of the museum is a 2300-year-old mummy, along with other artifacts from ancient Egypt. Another great destination is the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, which features exhibitions of local up-and-rising artists. With its rolling hills and lush landscape, Kalamazoo Nature Center is an excellent choice for a nature walk or even a ride if you bring your bike on the bus or train.

Once you've worked up an appetite, prepare to enjoy Kalamazoo's dining scene. True to its name, Rustica boasts a homely vibe with its fantastic selection of cured meats and homemade cheese and an impressive selection of European wines. In addition, Principle Food and Drink's comfort food and creative cocktails are delicious options right in downtown.

Kalamazoo is a stop on Amtrak's Blue Water and Wolverine lines and is also connected via bus service to cities including Indianapolis, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Milwaukee. Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport offers daily flights in and out of the area.

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 Kalamazoo?

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Main departure station: 459 North Burdick Street

The Kalamazoo Transportation Center on North Burdick Street includes several modern facilities surrounding the historic 1887 Romanesque train station. The central train station's Art Deco lobby maintains rich wood furnishings and cathedral ceilings for a vintage atmosphere, while it is still an active station for Amtrak's Blue Water and Wolverine lines. Facilities include restrooms, vending machines, and a snack shop. Outside, arched covered walkways serve as boarding areas for local transit, Greyhound, FlixBus, Miller Transportation, Trailways, and Indian Trails. The transportation center is only a few blocks north of Kalamazoo's Central Business District, and a handful of restaurants and bars are within a short walk.

All train stations in Kalamazoo:

  • 459 North Burdick Street

Where is the train station in Chicago?

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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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