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Chicago - Mendota Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Chicago to Mendota. Traveling by train from Chicago to Mendota usually takes around one hour and 24 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Southwest Chief train can make the trip in one hour and 21 minutes.

Distance80 mi (129 km)
Fastest train1h 21m
Lowest price€6.47
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Carl Sandburg
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Mendota

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Rebecca

5 May 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Carl Sandburg

First time rider. Was my trip back home from visiting Chicago.

5.0

Joseph

12 December 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Pros: Train was on time much easier than driving to Chicago and back. Cons: Top space for bags was a little narrow bag didn’t fit but had enough floor space to put it in. Tips: Be prepared for your departure when they announce your stop you should be getting ready to depart they are on a schedule.

5.0

Craig

17 December 2019- Business

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Very relaxing ride to Chicago and back.

5.0

Nathan

28 November 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Pros: Very easy to get a ticket last minute. The train departed and arrived exactly on time and the staff was very helpful. Cons: The WiFi wasn't working so I had to use my phone. I was only on the train for a little over an hour, so I didn't worry about escalating or asking for assistance. Tips: Sit back, relax and enjoy your ride.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Chicago to Mendota is €14.82, This is one of the best deals we’ve seen for train fares recently. By booking your trip at least 28 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 €7.67 more.

Average prices by travel date

€28€18€9MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Mendota will vary between €13 and €19. Planning a train trip to Mendota within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is €13. 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

€46€37€28€18€9JJASONDJFMAM
You can find the lowest prices on this route during February. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Chicago to Mendota, with the average price at just €14. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in August, when the average price goes up to €26. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

€23€18€14€9€53020100

Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Chicago to Mendota. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 28 days before departure, you can save around €7.67. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Chicago to Mendota?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Carl Sandburg11h 25m€11.54
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr11h 26m€14.28
Amtrak Southwest Chief11h 21m€23.08
  • The Amtrak Carl Sandburg, named after the Pulitzer-winning author, is a sister service to the Illinois Zephyr. Both operate daily services between Chicago and Quincy with additional stops in Naperville and Kewanee. Whether you buy a coach class or business class ticket, you'll have plenty of legroom and complimentary WiFi, plus access to refreshments at the onboard cafe.

  • The Illinois Zephyr is a passenger train operated by Amtrak, running between Quincy and Chicago. Taking the train from Chicago to Mendota 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.

  • The Southwest Chief is a passenger train operated by America’s largest train service, Amtrak. The full route travels over 2,200 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, which takes over 43 hours. The train covers the stretch from Chicago to Mendota in about 1 hours and 21 minutes. In addition to standard Coach Class seats, the Southwest Chief offers several sleeper cabin options on longer journeys. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is consistently ranked as one of the most scenic train routes in America, thanks to the stunning views of the Painted Desert, the Red Cliffs of Sedona, and the Grand Canyon you’ll see from your train window.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Chicago and Mendota is approximately 80 miles, or 129 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 24 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 21 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

Trains from Chicago to Mendota are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Saturday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Chicago at 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 17:00. 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 Chicago to Mendota.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Mendota 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: Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

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:

  • Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

Where is the train station in Mendota?

Main arrival station: 783 Main St

Mendota has one train station.

Train stations in Mendota:

  • 783 Main St

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