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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Alton to Chicago. Traveling by train from Alton to Chicago usually takes around 4 hours and 43 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Lincoln Service train can make the trip in 4 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance246 mi (396 km)
Fastest train4h 25m
Lowest price€21.90
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lincoln Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Alton to Chicago

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Jessica M.

15 July 2021

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: Iam a senior citizen so I had three bags right away they assisted me in getting up and down the steps with my luggage I was impressed.. Cons: maybe some way to get people to close bathroom door after they come out,I had a seat right by the bathroom I had to keep ...

Pros: Iam a senior citizen so I had three bags right away they assisted me in getting up and down the steps with my luggage I was impressed.. Cons: maybe some way to get people to close bathroom door after they come out,I had a seat right by the bathroom I had to keep getting up to close the door I just didnt like sitting there looking in the bathroom. Tips: If you going to talk on your phone I dont need to hear your conversation,With the masks on people tends to talk louder,my opinion.

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5.0

Michael

16 November 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: 64 years old and first train trip. It was everything I hoped it would be. Cons: -. Tips: Enjoy.

Pros: 64 years old and first train trip. It was everything I hoped it would be. Cons: -. Tips: Enjoy.

5.0

David

14 November 2019- Business

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: Older car seats were a bit odd - seat cushion wanted to push forward as if to be a flotation device :). Cons: In time, replace old seats with new ones. No rush - they were just fine.

Pros: Older car seats were a bit odd - seat cushion wanted to push forward as if to be a flotation device :). Cons: In time, replace old seats with new ones. No rush - they were just fine.

4.0

Bailey

6 September 2019- Couples trip

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: extra legroom. Cons: timeliness. Tips: expect slight delays.

Pros: extra legroom. Cons: timeliness. Tips: expect slight delays.

4.0

Phyllis

16 August 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Texas Eagle

Pros: Once we got boarded and pleasant ride to Chicago. Cons: The delay. Tips: Get the Amtrak app so you can watch the train status. I was at the station for 2 1/2 + hours before the train arrived. It was delayed. If I had the app I might of arrived earlier to get on t...

Pros: Once we got boarded and pleasant ride to Chicago. Cons: The delay. Tips: Get the Amtrak app so you can watch the train status. I was at the station for 2 1/2 + hours before the train arrived. It was delayed. If I had the app I might of arrived earlier to get on the train before.

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

In the last month, €24.66 was the average price of a train ticket from Alton to Chicago. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 26 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €25.51 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€43€29€14MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Alton to Chicago will vary between €23 and €42. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Alton over the next 7 days is €23. 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

€48€38€29€19€10JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Alton to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €26 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Alton to Chicago in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €34 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

€48€38€29€19€103020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 26 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Chicago from Alton will be about €25.51 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Alton to Chicago?

There are 3 train lines with service from Alton to Chicago. Amtrak Lincoln Service is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 4 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak14h 42m€27.71
Amtrak Lincoln Service44h 37m€29.35
Amtrak Texas Eagle15h 2m€32.20
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Alton to Chicago every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €22.

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  • Amtrak Lincoln Service

    Amtrak Lincoln Service

    Amtrak Lincoln Service is part of Amtrak's Illinois Service, providing rail transportation throughout Illinois. The Lincoln Service travels 284 miles between St. Louis and Chicago with nine intermediate stops. Amtrak Lincoln trains offer WiFi connectivity, power outlets, business class seating, and a cafe car to ensure passengers have the most comfortable journey possible.

  • Amtrak Texas Eagle

    Amtrak Texas Eagle

    The Amtrak Texas Eagle is a 1,306-mile train route from Chicago, Illinois to San Antonio, Texas. Because of the route’s length, the train offers sleeper car options in addition to standard coach seats. Like most Amtrak trains, the Texas Eagle features power outlets at each seat, restrooms in each car, and a cafe car where passengers can purchase food and drinks. A journey from Alton to Chicago on the Texas Eagle usually takes 5 hours and 2 minutes, which is best spent enjoying the incredible scenery along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Alton 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.

How long is the train journey from Alton to Chicago?

The distance between Alton and Chicago is approximately 246 miles, or 396 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 25 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 Alton to Chicago are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Wednesday 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 Alton at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 18:00. 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 Alton to Chicago?

There are 6 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Alton to Chicago.

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

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 Alton?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Alton.

All train stations in Alton:

  • Multi-Modal Transportation Center

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