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Chicago to San Francisco train - cost & duration

Cheapest price€124.04
Shortest Duration53h 0m
Trips per day10
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How to book cheap Chicago to San Francisco train tickets?

The best way to get deals on train tickets from Chicago to San Francisco is by booking earlier. Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average train fares from Chicago to San Francisco were €216.85. By booking 13 days out, tickets are on average €31.23 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

What is the busiest time to travel by train from Chicago to San Francisco?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Chicago to San Francisco by train is at 14:00 on Monday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out. Around 13:00 on Monday is when the fewest number of train tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, the train departing at this time is the least likely to be crowded.

Amtrak from Chicago to San Francisco has the most daily schedules

On average there are 10 train trips per day. Amtrak has the most options for departures from Chicago to San Francisco, with an average of 10 trips per day and 216 monthly trips. One train carrier currently travels from Chicago to San Francisco. Of the 10 trips there are 0 trips that are direct routes with no transfers.

Need more travel options? Travelling by Bus from Chicago to San Francisco starts at €132.07.

1 carriers offer Chicago to San Francisco train trips

Amtrak

Book Amtrak from Chicago to San Francisco from €124.04. There are 10 Amtrak schedules from Chicago to San Francisco and you can expect on average to pay €228.41 for a Amtrak ticket to San Francisco. In Chicago, Amtrak departs to San Francisco from Union Station - 225 S Canal St and no other station. In San Francisco, Amtrak arrives at Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St and 2 other stations.

An average trip on Amtrak from Chicago to San Francisco takes 61 hours and 12 minutes, while the fastest available Amtrak trip will get you to San Francisco in 53 hours and 0 minutes,

On weekends, Amtrak offers 11 trips per day and you could expect to pay €237.69 for a weekend getaway trip to San Francisco.

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Avg. Time
13h 12m
Avg. Price
€228.41

Plan your next adventure:

Depending on the train line you travel with, your options include one station that has train departures from Chicago. Most train trips to San Francisco will depart from Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
train trips arrive in San Francisco at 3 stations, depending on which train line you are travelling with. Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St, 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St, Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf are the main train stations in San Francisco for trips arriving from Chicago.
  • Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St
  • 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St
  • Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf