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Trains from Champaign to Carbondale

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Champaign to Carbondale. Traveling by train from Champaign to Carbondale usually takes around 6 hours and 33 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak City of New Orleans train can make the trip in 2 hours and 47 minutes.

Distance173 mi (279 km)
Fastest train2h 47m
Lowest price€11.54
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

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

In the last month, €30.42 was the average price of a train ticket from Champaign to Carbondale. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. 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 €6.49 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 Champaign to Carbondale will vary between €32 and €40. Planning a train trip to Carbondale within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Champaign over the next 7 days is €32. 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

€24€19€14€10€5JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Champaign to Carbondale 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 €14 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Champaign to Carbondale in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €20 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 24 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Carbondale from Champaign will be about €6.49 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Champaign to Carbondale?

There are 3 train lines with service from Champaign to Carbondale. Amtrak is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak28h 10m€38.22
Amtrak City of New Orleans12h 47m€13.92
Amtrak Illini Service13h 20m€22.12
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Champaign to Carbondale every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €24.

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  • Amtrak City of New Orleans

    Amtrak City of New Orleans

    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 Champaign to Carbondale. 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.

  • Amtrak Illini Service

    Amtrak Illini Service

    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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Champaign to Carbondale 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 Champaign to Carbondale?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Champaign to Carbondale. 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 Champaign to Carbondale?

The distance between Champaign and Carbondale is approximately 173 miles, or 279 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 33 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 47 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from Champaign to Carbondale tend to have the most passengers on Wednesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Wednesday. 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 Sunday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Champaign at 14:00 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 Champaign to Carbondale?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Carbondale. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

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

City Information

Champaign

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Champaign, IL - CHM-1

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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, Peoria Charter, and Greyhound. From Champaign, you can continue your journey and visit some of the other top destinations in Illinois.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Champaign?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 5 stops and stations in Champaign where you can board the train.

All train stations in Champaign:

  • Uptown Station - 11 Uptown Cir

  • Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave

  • City Link Transit Ctr - 407 SW Adams St

  • 800 U.S. Highway 24 West

  • W Sangamon and N Kentucky Aves

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