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Chicago - Pontiac Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

3 trains operate daily from Chicago to Pontiac. The train trip from Chicago to Pontiac is usually about 6 hours and 47 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Wolverine train can get you there in as little as 6 hours and 11 minutes.

Distance228 mi (367 km)
Fastest train6h 11m
Lowest price€36.59
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Wolverine
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Chicago to Pontiac

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)




19 November 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Comfortable seats



6 August 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: This was my 1st time traveling with Amtrak and it was very nice experience. Cons: There were times when we stopped to pick up more passengers and the available seats were scarce. There were people taking up two seats because they wanted to lay down. I think when seating gets low like that they should not allow people to do that. Tips: I would suggest bringing a jacket because it can get a little cold at times with the air conditioner. Wear comfortable clothing and just lay back and enjoy the ride.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Chicago, IL and Pontiac, MI cost €62.83, on average. Booking your trip at least 28 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around €23.21 more.

Average prices by travel date


The average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Pontiac is expected to fluctuate between €49 and €102 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Pontiac in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Chicago is €53.

Monthly average prices

You can find the lowest prices on this route during September. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Chicago to Pontiac, with the average price at just €48. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in December, when the average price goes up to €63. 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


By booking your train trip from Chicago to Pontiac on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time, you can save about €23.21 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Chicago to Pontiac?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Pontiac. 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
Amtrak18h 2m€77.25
Amtrak Wolverine26h 16m€69.11
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Pontiac every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €52.

  • 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 Pontiac on the Wolverine is , but you can find deals for as low as €37.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Chicago and Pontiac is approximately 228 miles, or 367 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 47 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 11 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.

Trains from Chicago to Pontiac are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

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 scheduled trains on most days. 4 of these are direct connections to Pontiac. 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 Pontiac to Chicago.

City Information


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 Pontiac?

Main arrival station: Transp Ctr - 51000 Woodward Ave

Pontiac has one train station.

Train stations in Pontiac:

  • Transp Ctr - 51000 Woodward Ave

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