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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Emeryville to Chicago. Traveling by train from Emeryville to Chicago usually takes around 61 hours and 46 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak California Zephyr train can make the trip in 51 hours and 40 minutes.

Distance1847 mi (2972 km)
Fastest train51h 40m
Lowest price€135.62
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

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

In the last month, €236.58 was the average price of a train ticket from Emeryville to Chicago. Given how far apart Emeryville and Chicago are from each other, there's no getting around the fact that most train tickets are on the pricier side. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €62.28 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€317€212€106MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Emeryville to Chicago will vary between €194 and €305. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Emeryville over the next 7 days is €234. 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

€265€212€159€106€53JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Emeryville to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €202 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Emeryville to Chicago in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €248 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

€313€250€188€125€633020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Chicago from Emeryville will be about €62.28 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Emeryville to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Emeryville to Chicago. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak52d 14h 53m€263.22
Amtrak California Zephyr12d 3h 41m€221.97
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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. On average, there are 5 Amtrak trains from Emeryville to Chicago every day, as well as 13 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €136.

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  • Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak’s California Zephyr travels over 2,400 miles to connect Chicago to the San Francisco area. The full journey takes over 50 hours, so many passengers upgrade to a sleeper cabin for added privacy and comfort. The Zephyr is one of Amtrak’s most scenic routes, and the sightseer lounge’s panoramic windows offer the best views of the Rockies, the Sierra Nevadas, and the Great Salt Lake along the route.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Emeryville 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Emeryville to Chicago?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Emeryville to Chicago. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Emeryville to Chicago?

The distance between Emeryville and Chicago is approximately 1847 miles, or 2972 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 61 hours and 46 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 51 hours and 40 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Emeryville to Chicago on Wednesday. Tickets for Wednesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Emeryville at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 22:00. 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 Emeryville to Chicago?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Emeryville 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 Emeryville.

City Information

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 Emeryville?

245 Second St  - OAKAMT-0

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246 Second St  - OAKAMT-1

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Departure stations

The Jack London Station in Oakland opened in 1995, replacing 16th Street Station, which was extensively damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. The station was named after the famous writer Jack London, as he spent much of his life in the area. It is a contemporary glass and stone structure located on the easternmost corner of Jack London Square. The square, which fronts a natural estuary leading to San Francisco Bay, was formerly the hub of Oakland's port activities, connecting the maritime and agricultural sectors. It is still an active and bustling waterfront today. ​​Amtrak's Capitol Corridor, Coast Starlight, and San Joaquins trains serve the station. It is the 10th busiest of Amtrak's 74 California stops, boarding or de-boarding an average of 1,142 people per day.

All train stations in Emeryville:

  • 245 Second St

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • Downtown Metrolink Station - 4066 Vine St

  • 4005 Taylor St

  • Salesforce Plaza

  • 5885 Horton St

  • 120 East Santa Fe Ave - Fullerton Transp Ctr

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth

  • Anaheim Stadium Parking - 2626 E Katella Ave

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

  • Glendale Transp Ctr - 400 W Cerritos Ave

  • Union Station

  • Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

  • Transportation Center

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