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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from New York to Chicago?

Lowest Price€74.87
Fastest Train19h 10m
Trains Per Day5
Train Lines3

New York to Chicago Route Map

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from New York 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.

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

In the last month, €82.00 was the average price of a train ticket from New York, NY to Chicago, IL. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 14 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €53.21 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from New York to Chicago?

The distance between New York and Chicago is approximately 711 miles, or 1144 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 23 hours and 7 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 19 hours and 10 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 from New York to Chicago are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 Thursday 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 New York at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 15:00. 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 New York to Chicago?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Chicago. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to New York. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from New York to Chicago for €59.90.

Which train should you take from New York to Chicago?

There are 3 train lines with service from New York, New York to Chicago, Illinois. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 3 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak322h 39m€95.35
Amtrak Cardinal11d 4h 15m€77.33
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited119h 10m€80.44

Amtrak train tickets from New York to Chicago start from €75, and on average cost €95. Daily there are 3 Amtrak schedules to Chicago. Amtrak in New York leaves from Penn Station, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St, From New York to Chicago train travel on Amtrak takes 22 hours and 39 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 19 hours and 10 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 3 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay €97 for a one-way train ticket to Chicago.

Amtrak Cardinal train tickets from New York to Chicago start from €75, and on average cost €77. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Cardinal schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Cardinal in New York leaves from Penn Station, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St, From New York to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Cardinal takes 28 hours and 15 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak Cardinal offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 19 hours and 10 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Cardinal scheduled trip per day, which will cost €77 for a one-way weekend reservation from New York.

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited train tickets from New York to Chicago start from €75, and on average cost €80. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Lake Shore Limited schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited in New York leaves from Penn Station, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St, From New York to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Lake Shore Limited takes 19 hours and 10 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Lake Shore Limited scheduled trip per day, which will cost €81 for a one-way weekend reservation from New York.

Where is the train station in New York?

There is one train station in New York:

  • Penn Station

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Price trends for trains from New York to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New York, NY to Chicago, IL

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Emerald

4 July 2020 - Solo travel

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: It was comfortable and provided a good experience. Cons: Staff could monitor people better. Tips: Be careful about the other travelers they might be drunk. Pros: It was comfortable and provided a good experience. Cons: Staff could monitor people better. Tips: Be careful about the other travelers they might be drunk.

4.0

Wei

1 October 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: The seats were very comfy and there was a lot of room for your legs. The facilities were very nice and the the WiFi was very convenient. We would definitely ride it again. Cons: There should be some free water for the passengers. Pros: The seats were very comfy and there was a lot of room for your legs. The facilities were very nice and the the WiFi was very convenient. We would definitely ride it again. Cons: There should be some free water for the passengers.

5.0

Anna

29 July 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

I was sleeping most of thetrip, and enjoyed this opportunity to get to the center of Chicago with the comfort I was sleeping most of thetrip, and enjoyed this opportunity to get to the center of Chicago with the comfort

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