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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Indianapolis?

Lowest Price€19.69
Fastest Train4h 54m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines2

Chicago to Indianapolis Route Map

Chicago Indianapolis

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Indianapolis right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Can you take a train all the way from Chicago to Indianapolis?

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

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

In the last month, €34.11 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Indianapolis, IN. 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 7 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €7.99 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Indianapolis?

The distance between Chicago and Indianapolis is approximately 165 miles, or 265 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 7 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 54 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?

Trains from Chicago to Indianapolis are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Tuesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Chicago at 09:00 and arrives in Indianapolis around 4 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Chicago to Indianapolis?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Indianapolis with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Indianapolis to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Indianapolis for €18.83.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Indianapolis?

2 train services operate from Chicago, Illinois to Indianapolis, Indiana. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak18h 45m€50.44
Amtrak Cardinal14h 54m€20.76

Where is the train station in Chicago?

There is one train station in Chicago:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Where is the train station in Indianapolis?

Indianapolis has one train station:

  • 350 S Illinois St

Price trends for trains from Chicago to Indianapolis

Average prices by travel date

€64€43€21JanFeb

Monthly average prices

€43€34€26€17€9FMAMJJASONDJ

Prices as travel date approaches

€43€34€26€17€93020100

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to Indianapolis, IN
4.8
Based on 4 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0

Based on 3 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Cardinal report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
4.7
Value
4.3
Condition
5.0
Anjana
5.0
2 July 2020Solo travel
Pros
It was clean and comfortable. It was clean and comfortable.
Cons
It was great. I am not sure why it takes amtrack 5 hours to get to Indy from Chicago when it’s 3 hours drive. I think it takes longer is the only issue It was great. I am not sure why it takes amtrack 5 hours to get to Indy from Chicago when it’s 3 hours drive. I think it takes longer is the only issue
Nakia
5.0
7 March 2020Vacation
Pros
I enjoyed the relaxation all around. I enjoyed the relaxation all around.
Cons
Nothing Nothing
Tips
I would advise them to arrive 30 mins before time to depart I would advise them to arrive 30 mins before time to depart
Robert
4.0
28 December 2019Couples trip
Pros
No highway driving!No highway driving!
Cons
The Union Station lady in Chicago was rude and nasty. She yelled at us to move through the door to another room and sit down. This was 10 minutes before the train was scheduled to depart. The lady who took our tickets before that was very nice.The Union Station lady in Chicago was rude and nasty. She yelled at us to move through the door to another room and sit down. This was 10 minutes before the train was scheduled to depart. The lady who took our tickets before that was very nice.
Tips
Enjoy!Enjoy!

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