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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Chicago to Kalamazoo. Traveling by train from Chicago to Kalamazoo usually takes around 2 hours and 10 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Wolverine train can make the trip in 2 hours and 6 minutes.

Distance109 mi (175 km)
Fastest train2h 6m
Lowest price€17.47
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Wolverine
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Kalamazoo

(Based on 28 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Stephen

18 December 2023- Business

Amtrak Wolverine

Relax, be prepared, be friendly and courteous, think about patcience before traveling

4.0

Mary

15 October 2023

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: It's a good ride from Chicago to Kalamazoo. A little rough in Indiana but fine in Michigan. Cons: The process inside of Union Station leaves a lot to be desired. We were told more than once to go back to wait in line...when the speaker system is impossible to understand. The signage in the station is not clear. Multiple rides on the elevator trying to find the right floor for the food court. Tips: Be sure you come early!

4.0

Christina

13 August 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Convenient and less stressful than air travel. Cons: The section between Chicago and the Michigan border was REALLY rough. Everyone in my car was concerned. I thought we were going to derail.

5.0

Ada

22 May 2023- Couples trip

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Ease of travel. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

5.0

Jean M

25 January 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Traveling alone at 80 with two suitcases could have been a challenge, but I was helped every step of the way.

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

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Chicago to Kalamazoo was €36.90. At this price, taking the train is the cheap and easy way to go. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Kalamazoo if you book your train tickets at least 29 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra €24.41.

Average prices by travel date

€83€55€28JunJun

The average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Kalamazoo is expected to fluctuate between €28 and €74 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Kalamazoo in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Chicago is €30.

Monthly average prices

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Mark your calendar for June if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Chicago to Kalamazoo. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of €30. If you're planning a trip from Chicago to Kalamazoo during November, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about €38 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Kalamazoo from Chicago will be about €24.41 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Kalamazoo?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Kalamazoo. Amtrak Wolverine 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
Amtrak Blue Water12h 8m€39.76
Amtrak Wolverine22h 12m€48.68
  • The Blue Water is a higher-speed Amtrak train line that travels 319 miles between Chicago, IL and Port Huron, MI. Both Coach and Business Class tickets are available to purchase on the Blue Water, but if you’re looking to save, make sure to book early and you could find tickets for as low as €17. Blue Water trains include amenities like free WiFi, cafe service, and power outlets at every seat.

  • The Amtrak Wolverine provides rail service from Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan, and offers 2 trips per day. Each train features amenities such as a cafe car and onboard WiFi. The average ticket price from Chicago to Kalamazoo on the Wolverine is , but you can find deals for as low as €17.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Chicago and Kalamazoo is approximately 109 miles, or 175 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 10 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 6 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Chicago to Kalamazoo on Monday. Tickets for Monday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Friday. Friday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Chicago at 06:00 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 Kalamazoo.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Kalamazoo 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.

Kalamazoo

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As an eclectic college town in Michigan, Kalamazoo is a vibrant city full of attractions and fun things to do. When visiting the town, don't miss the famous Kalamazoo Valley Museum, where you'll find history, technology, and science exhibitions. The star of the museum is a 2300-year-old mummy, along with other artifacts from ancient Egypt. Another great destination is the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, which features exhibitions of local up-and-rising artists. With its rolling hills and lush landscape, Kalamazoo Nature Center is an excellent choice for a nature walk or even a ride if you bring your bike on the bus or train.

Once you've worked up an appetite, prepare to enjoy Kalamazoo's dining scene. True to its name, Rustica boasts a homely vibe with its fantastic selection of cured meats and homemade cheese and an impressive selection of European wines. In addition, Principle Food and Drink's comfort food and creative cocktails are delicious options right in downtown.

Kalamazoo is a stop on Amtrak's Blue Water and Wolverine lines and is also connected via bus service to cities including Indianapolis, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Milwaukee. Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport offers daily flights in and out of the area.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

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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 Kalamazoo?

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Main arrival station: 459 North Burdick Street

The Kalamazoo Transportation Center on North Burdick Street includes several modern facilities surrounding the historic 1887 Romanesque train station. The central train station's Art Deco lobby maintains rich wood furnishings and cathedral ceilings for a vintage atmosphere, while it is still an active station for Amtrak's Blue Water and Wolverine lines. Facilities include restrooms, vending machines, and a snack shop. Outside, arched covered walkways serve as boarding areas for local transit, Greyhound, FlixBus, Miller Transportation, Trailways, and Indian Trails. The transportation center is only a few blocks north of Kalamazoo's Central Business District, and a handful of restaurants and bars are within a short walk.

Train stations in Kalamazoo:

  • 459 North Burdick Street

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