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Galesburg - St Louis Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 7 daily train trips between Galesburg and St Louis. The average train journey from Galesburg to St Louis takes 9 hours and 39 minutes, but some Amtrak train trips are as short as 4 hours and 37 minutes.

Distance161 mi (258 km)
Fastest train4h 37m
Lowest price€46.77
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Galesburg to St Louis?

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Galesburg to St Louis was €71.51. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to St Louis 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 €21.71.

Average prices by travel date

€112€75€37JulJul

Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Galesburg to St Louis will cost between €56 and €99. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly average prices

€94€75€56€37€19ASONDJFMAMJJ
You can find the lowest prices on this route during January. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Galesburg to St Louis, with the average price at just €54. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in September, when the average price goes up to €91. 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

€94€75€56€37€193020100

If you're looking to save on your train trip from Galesburg to St Louis, book online with Wanderu at least 29 days in advance. That way, you’ll save €21.71 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Galesburg to St Louis?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Galesburg to St Louis. However, there are 7 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak79h 39m€77.35
  • 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 7 Amtrak trains from Galesburg to St Louis every day, as well as 7 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €47.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Galesburg to St Louis. 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.

The distance between Galesburg and St Louis is approximately 161 miles, or 258 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 39 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 37 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.

Wednesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Galesburg to St Louis. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Wednesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Thursday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Galesburg at 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 14:00. 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 7 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from St Louis to Galesburg.

City Information

Galesburg

Galesburg is best known as the birthplace of writer and poet Carl Sandburg, with the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site erected in his honor. If you love the look of Carl’s boyhood cottage, you can stay in a historic home of your own – several, including the Great House of Galesburg, have been converted into charming bed-and-breakfasts across town.

Galesburg is also known for its historic involvement in the local railroad system, notably connecting Illinois’ largest (at the time) cities, Chicago and Quincy. In fact, the Galesburg Railroad Museum functions solely to preserve and share the history of the railroad industry in Galesburg and Western Illinois. The city even holds an annual festival, the Galesburg Railroad Days, complete with rides, live music, and open-air markets to celebrate the city’s railroad roots. And it’s not just literal railroads– Galesburg was originally founded by abolitionists and became a critical stop to freedom in the Underground Railroad.

Galesburg remains a major railway hub, acting as one of the stops for some of Amtrak’s most popular lines. The Carl Sandburg, Illinois Zephyr, and Southwest Chief all operate daily to connect Galesburg west to Chicago. Meanwhile, the California Zephyr reaches all the way to Los Angeles. Galesburg also has two main bus stations for Greyhound and Burlington Trailways. These carriers provide coverage to Denver, St. Louis, and Moline, which has the closest airport to Galesburg, Quad Cities Airport.

St Louis

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St. Louis, MO - STL-1

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St. Louis is one of several major cities in the state of Missouri and it is uniquely located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The city is usually recognized by its most distinctive feature, the Gateway Arch, thanks to which it is the only city in the United States that has a national park in the heart of its downtown district. The Arch is a must-see attraction and you can even take a tram to the top for some incredible views of the St. Louis skyline.

Some of the other truly unique attractions you can visit while you’re in town include the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis where you can check out an incredible collection of dolls, dollhouses and vignettes, and the City Museum where you can ride down a 10-story spiral slide (yup, you read that right.) For a great outdoor experience, stop by the gorgeous Missouri Botanical Garden, and then take a stroll through Citygarden where you will find various quirky statues and installations worthy of being featured in your Instagram feed.

Ale enthusiasts would be excited to know that St. Louis is one of the best craft beer cities in the U.S. as well as one of the cheapest drinking cities. That means your party budget could take you a long way. Unsurprisingly, the city is also among the best spring break destinations on a budget.

The main bus and train station in St. Louis, Gateway Station, is located right in the center of downtown, not far from the Gateway Arch, which makes coming in and out of the city a breeze.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Galesburg?

Main departure station: 225 S Seminary St

There is one train station in Galesburg.

All train stations in Galesburg:

  • 225 S Seminary St

Where is the train station in St Louis?

Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St - STLAMT-0

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Main arrival station: Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

Gateway Station opened in 2008 to consolidate St Louis’ transportation services into one central hub. The station’s award-winning design includes a pedestrian walkway with expansive colored glass windows overlooking the train tracks. Perfectly located in the heart of downtown St Louis, the station is surrounded by bars, restaurants, and hotels and is just a few blocks from Busch Stadium and the iconic Gateway Arch. Amenities inside the station include free Wifi, a food court, and a lounge for Amtrak’s First Class passengers. Gateway Station is a major stop for intercity bus service, several Amtrak train lines, and the city’s MetroLink which can connect you with the St Louis Lambert International Airport in just 30 minutes.

Train stations in St Louis:

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

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