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Chicago - East Lansing Train Timetable

Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Chicago to East Lansing. Traveling by train from Chicago to East Lansing usually takes around 9 hours and 6 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Blue Water train can make the trip in 3 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance171 mi (276 km)
Fastest train3h 55m
Lowest price€26.56
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to East Lansing, MI

(Based on 16 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Phillip

25 September 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Blue Water

The pssdenger car was clean and spacious. Train moved along at a good steady speed.

The pssdenger car was clean and spacious. Train moved along at a good steady speed.

4.0

Timothy R

25 August 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Blue Water

Pros: It was quiet and fast. Cons: n/a. Tips: n/a.

Pros: It was quiet and fast. Cons: n/a. Tips: n/a.

5.0

Gheneca

12 July 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Blue Water

Pros: I loved going across the countryside I have grown up around. Yet never saw it from that view! Can't wait til my nxt adventure! Amtrak will be involved! Thank you! Cons: The lines and information at the station. Wasn't really clear. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ri...

Pros: I loved going across the countryside I have grown up around. Yet never saw it from that view! Can't wait til my nxt adventure! Amtrak will be involved! Thank you! Cons: The lines and information at the station. Wasn't really clear. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ride!

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5.0

Dorothy A

12 July 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Blue Water

Pros: Convenience, comfort, price. Cons: A recycling bin. Tips: Enjoy!

Pros: Convenience, comfort, price. Cons: A recycling bin. Tips: Enjoy!

5.0

Nichole

4 April 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Blue Water

Pros: I liked how spaced out everyone was. Cons: Staff at the unión station were very rude. A woman helping board was very unprofessional and disrespectful. Tips: Nope.

Pros: I liked how spaced out everyone was. Cons: Staff at the unión station were very rude. A woman helping board was very unprofessional and disrespectful. Tips: Nope.

Price trends for trains from Chicago to East Lansing

Average prices by travel date

€93€62€31NovDec

Monthly average prices

€66€53€40€27€13JFMAMJJASOND

Prices as travel date approaches

€89€71€53€35€183020100

Which train should you take from Chicago to East Lansing?

2 train services operate from Chicago, Illinois to East Lansing, Michigan. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak211h 36m€90.46
Amtrak Blue Water13h 56m€35.04
  • 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 Chicago to East Lansing every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €84.

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  • Amtrak Blue Water

    Amtrak Blue Water

    Amtrak Blue Water train tickets from Chicago to East Lansing start from €27, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Blue Water schedules to East Lansing. Amtrak Blue Water in Chicago leaves from Union Station . And in East Lansing trains arrive at Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E .

    From Chicago to East Lansing train travel on Amtrak Blue Water takes 3 hours and 56 minutes. If you are looking to get to East Lansing faster, Amtrak Blue Water offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 55 minutes.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to East Lansing 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 Chicago to East Lansing?

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

The distance between Chicago and East Lansing is approximately 171 miles, or 276 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 6 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 55 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 East Lansing are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 16:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 21:00. 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 East Lansing?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Chicago to East Lansing. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from East Lansing to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to East Lansing for €17.70.

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.

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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Departure stations

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

Where is the train station in East Lansing?

Arrival stations

East Lansing has one train station.

Train stations in East Lansing:

  • Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E

Need a return trip from East Lansing to Chicago?

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