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About Champaign

A significant hub for the Silicone Prairie, Champaign is a stunning city with many exciting landmarks to visit. The downtown area of Champaign is perhaps its busiest area, with over 40 different bars, art galleries, and boutique shops for you to enjoy. To enjoy arthouse films or independent productions, head over to the Art Theater, which also hosts special screenings. The campustown area near the University of Illinois hosts not only cheap eateries but also fine dining spots. The area tends to get crowded at night since students will be out on the street to enjoy the hopping nightlife.

As a busy college town, Champaign naturally has a very vibrant food scene with many excellent dining options. Radio Maria is a unique Spanish establishment with very colorful Spanish decorations and amazing tapas dishes. Those who want something more exotic and exciting could check out DESTIHL, which offers unique home-cooked dishes and great artisan beers.

The Illinois Terminal is Champaign's primary bus and train station, served by Amtrak, Burlington Trailways, Jefferson Lines, and Greyhound. From Champaign, you can continue your journey and visit some of the other top destinations in Illinois.

Station Information

Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave  - CHMAMT-0

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The Illinois Terminal is located at 45 East University Avenue in Champaign. The transport center opened in 1999, and now provides bus and train service in the Champaign-Urbana area. The terminal is served by Amtrak, Burlington Trailways, Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, and local mass transit. Make sure to wait in the correct station building; Champaign’s old train station, dating to 1898, is just across the street. The Illinois Terminal offers short-term parking, fast food, and even meeting spaces and banquet halls. Thanks to the station’s convenient location, some of the best restaurants and bars in downtown Champaign are just a short walk away.

Popular train stations in Champaign:

  • Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave

What train companies travel to Champaign, Illinois?

Located in Illinois, Champaign is accessible by train from 46 other cities. You can choose from 131 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Champaign on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Champaign are also available..

Train companies serving Champaign

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak9210h 13m€63.09
Amtrak City of New Orleans142h 32m€32.12
Amtrak Illini Service102h 22m€20.54
Amtrak Saluki92h 25m€18.91
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.

  • The City of New Orleans is an Amtrak route that runs daily trains from Chicago to New Orleans and vice versa. The City of New Orleans includes a sightseer lounge with panoramic windows for the best views of the five states along the route. However, the City of New Orleans also offers private roomettes and bedrooms for added comfort and luxury (and a higher price). Passengers who book sleeper accommodations will enjoy included meals, and all passengers can stop into the cafe car to purchase meals and snacks.

  • Since 1973, Amtrak's Illini Service has provided reliable train transportation to 11 Illinois cities. The Illini operates as an evening commuter train from Chicago to Carbondale, while its sister train, the Amtrak Saluki, runs the morning route. Commuters rely on this service as a safe and convenient transportation option every day. Each train offers WiFi and power outlets, plus a cafe car and business class seating. Illini trains meet the highest federal standard for reducing emissions, with up to 90% less greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Since its inception in 2006, the Amtrak Saluki line has offered daily train trips between Chicago and Carbondale. The Amtrak Saluki operates along 500 kilometers of railroad, stopping at numerous midwestern towns like Kankakee, Rantoul, and Effingham. The trains on this line are equipped with onboard WiFi, power outlets, air conditioning, and a cafe car, with the option to upgrade to business class seating. This line is known for using trains that produce 90% fewer carbon emissions than other trains, meaning that your trip is green as well as convenient.

Which train service has the best service to Champaign?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Champaign by train with Amtrak Saluki giving them a 4.6 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Saluki had the most comfortable train service to Champaign taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Saluki offers. They rate Amtrak Saluki a 4.6 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Champaign punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Illini Service has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Champaign, rating them a 4.5 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

€3.73 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Champaign, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Champaign. In the last month, trains from Rantoul to Champaign had the lowest average price at €4.43.

The main train station in Champaign is Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Champaign.

The closest airport to Champaign is University of Illinois Willard Airport (CMI), it is located 5.7 miles from the city center of Champaign.
Among train travelers Champaign is the second most popular destination in the region. It also ranks number 78 in United States. Champaign ranks number 3 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Champaign via train service. On average 21 direct daily train trips serve Champaign.
The population of Champaign is 86096. Champaign ranks number 8 in terms of population in Illinois and number 214 in all of United States.
Train tickets to Champaign range from €4 for a short trip to Champaign, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Champaign starts at , and a longer trip by train to Champaign can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as €32.
People who take the train to Champaign are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Champaign easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest train station to the city center of Champaign is Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave, located just 0.1 miles away. Select Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Champaign. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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