Carbondale to Homewood train

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Carbondale to Homewood. Traveling by train from Carbondale to Homewood usually takes around 4 hours and 35 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak City of New Orleans train can make the trip in 4 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance277 mi (446 km)
Fastest train4h 25m
Lowest price€25.19
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak City of New Orleans
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Carbondale to Homewood

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)




10 January 2024- Visiting family

Amtrak Illini Service

Pros: Everything. Cons: None. Tips: A very safe trip.



6 October 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Saluki

Pros: Saved time from flying and option of locations. Cons: No suggestions.


Debra A

31 March 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Saluki




8 November 2021- Regular commuter

Amtrak Illini Service

Pros: Spacious seat, covid safety measures, friendly staff. Cons: More schedules please. Theres only 3 sched per day from Carbondale to Homewood. Tips: Bring your pillows and cover and it’s a perfect ride. Quiet, nice view.



16 July 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Illini Service

Pros: It was all right. Cons: Food prices and ticket prices.

What is the price of a train ticket from Carbondale to Homewood?

The average price for a train ticket from Carbondale to Homewood is €36.49, Considering the distance of the route, this is an excellent deal. By booking your trip at least 12 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay €28.28 more.

Monthly average prices


Ticket prices for the train from Carbondale to Homewood often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in January when the average ticket price is only €35,

If you're thinking of traveling from Carbondale to Homewood during November, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of €54 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in November, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


If you're looking to save on your train trip from Carbondale to Homewood, book online with Wanderu at least 12 days in advance. That way, you’ll save €28.28 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Carbondale to Homewood?

There are 3 train lines with service from Carbondale to Homewood. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak City of New Orleans14h 25m€43.67
Amtrak Illini Service14h 40m€50.59
Amtrak Saluki14h 41m€58.47
  • 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. Affordable Coach seats cost about for a trip from Carbondale to Homewood. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Carbondale and Homewood is approximately 277 miles, or 446 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 35 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.

Trains departing from Carbondale to Homewood tend to have the most passengers on Friday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Friday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Tuesday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Carbondale at 01:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 16:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Carbondale to Homewood.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Homewood to Carbondale.

City Information


Carbondale, one the best vacation destinations in Illinois, is best known for its proximity to Shawnee National Forest and the Garden of the Gods: one of the most Instagrammed sites in the state. This quiet paradise is filled with lush trees bordering miles of hiking trails and scenic drives. The enormous sandstone bluffs in Giant City State Park attract rock climbers and rappellers looking for their next adventure. Boo Rochman Memorial Park offers a unique, family-friendly experience– a park filled with wooden sculptures of dragons, unicorns, wizards, and more. The park’s centerpiece, a massive wood and stone castle, features an elaborate jungle gym with stairs, tunnels, and an ogre or two.

Threaded by Main Street, downtown Carbondale is known for its Historic Town Square and charming, old-school architecture. The whole area is easily walkable, so you can peruse local shops for bike gear, art, vintage clothes, musical instruments, and everything in between. The SIU University Museum is a must-see, with no entry fee and a variety of exhibitions about the history and culture of the region. While in the area, explore Campus Lake and Pulliam Hall clocktower, or catch a football game at Saluki Stadium.

Bus services connect Seattle, Chicago, and Phoenix to Carbondale. Amtrak has multiple lines from the city to Memphis, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The nearest airport is Marion Williamson County Regional.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Carbondale?

Main departure station: 401 S Illinois Ave

There is one train station in Carbondale.

All train stations in Carbondale:

  • 401 S Illinois Ave

Where is the train station in Homewood?

Main arrival station: 18015 Park Ave

Homewood has one train station.

Train stations in Homewood:

  • 18015 Park Ave

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