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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Philadelphia to Chicago?

Lowest price£63.23
Fastest train20h 42m
Trains per day7
Train lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia to Chicago?

In the last month, £76.56 was the average price of a train ticket from Philadelphia, PA to Chicago, IL. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £55.25 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Philadelphia to Chicago?

The distance between Philadelphia and Chicago is approximately 664 miles, or 1068 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 22 hours and 21 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 20 hours and 42 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 Philadelphia 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 Monday 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 Philadelphia at 08:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 13:00. 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 Philadelphia to Chicago?

There are 7 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Philadelphia to Chicago. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Philadelphia. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Philadelphia to Chicago for £53.79.

Which train should you take from Philadelphia to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Chicago, Illinois. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 6 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak621h 35m£96.94
Amtrak Cardinal11d 2h 45m£74.02

Amtrak train tickets from Philadelphia to Chicago start from £63, and on average cost £97. Daily there are 6 Amtrak schedules to Chicago. Amtrak in Philadelphia leaves from 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St, From Philadelphia to Chicago train travel on Amtrak takes 21 hours and 35 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 20 hours and 42 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 5 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £98 for a one-way train ticket to Chicago.

Amtrak Cardinal train tickets from Philadelphia to Chicago start from £63, and on average cost £74. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Cardinal schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Cardinal in Philadelphia leaves from 30th St Station - 2955 Market St, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St, From Philadelphia to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Cardinal takes 26 hours and 45 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak Cardinal offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 20 hours and 42 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 £75 for a one-way weekend reservation from Philadelphia.

Price trends for trains from Philadelphia to Chicago

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