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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Chicago to Macomb. Traveling by train from Chicago to Macomb usually takes around 6 hours and 9 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Carl Sandburg train can make the trip in 3 hours and 19 minutes.

Distance186 mi (300 km)
Fastest train3h 19m
Lowest price€24.92
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

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

In the last month, €25.43 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Macomb. 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 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €80.08 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€72€48€24JulJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Macomb will vary between €25 and €61. Planning a train trip to Macomb within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is €30. 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€10ASONDJFMAMJJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Chicago to Macomb 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 €24 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Macomb in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €47 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

€120€96€72€48€243020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Macomb from Chicago will be about €80.08 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Macomb?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak423h 32m€157.50
Amtrak Carl Sandburg13h 19m€27.83
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr13h 19m€33.39
  • 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 4 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Macomb every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €33.

  • Amtrak Carl Sandburg

    Amtrak Carl Sandburg

    Amtrak Carl Sandburg train tickets from Chicago to Macomb start from €25, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Carl Sandburg schedules to Macomb. Amtrak Carl Sandburg in Chicago leaves from Union Station . And in Macomb trains arrive at 120 E Calhoun St .

    From Chicago to Macomb train travel on Amtrak Carl Sandburg takes 3 hours and 19 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Macomb on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Carl Sandburg scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

  • Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

    Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

    The Illinois Zephyr is a passenger train operated by Amtrak, running between Quincy and Chicago. Taking the train from Chicago to Macomb is a comfortable option, and tickets on this route cost on average. The Illinois Zephyr and its sister train, the Carl Sandburg, serve one of Amtrak's most popular lines. The train features amenities such as airline-style coach seating, a cafe on board, power outlets, restrooms, and Wi-Fi.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Macomb 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Chicago to Macomb?

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

The distance between Chicago and Macomb is approximately 186 miles, or 300 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 9 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 19 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?

Thursday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Chicago to Macomb. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Thursday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Friday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 19:00. 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 Chicago to Macomb?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Macomb. 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 Macomb to Chicago.

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 Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Main departure station: Union Station

The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station

  • 18015 Park Ave

  • Penn Station

  • Union Station

  • 401 S Illinois Ave

  • 1116 Depot St

  • 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

  • 2702 W Washington St

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

  • Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave

  • Dingell Transit Ctr - 21201 Michigan Ave

  • Transp Ctr - 51000 Woodward Ave

  • 199 S East Ave

  • Albany-Rensselaer Train Station

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