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Macomb - Chicago Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Macomb to Chicago. Traveling by train from Macomb to Chicago usually takes around 6 hours and 14 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Carl Sandburg train can make the trip in 3 hours and 32 minutes.

Distance186 mi (300 km)
Fastest train3h 32m
Lowest price€16.63
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Carl Sandburg
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Macomb to Chicago

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Cindy

6 October 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: Got to my destination and wasn't horribly expensive to get there. Cons: The coach seats need to be more comfortable for the travel time.

5.0

Charlotte

20 August 2020- Regular commuter

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: I love the journey. Cons: NA. Tips: I advise other travelers to made their next journey with this.

5.0

John

28 November 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: So much more relaxing than driving in city traffic. Cons: Can't think of any needed improvments.

5.0

Jarrett

24 May 2019- Business

Amtrak Carl Sandburg

Pros: nada. Cons: everything. Tips: stay away.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Macomb and Chicago cost €19.40, on average. This is about as cheap as train fares get on this route. Booking your trip at least 18 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around €17.61 more.

Average prices by travel date

€42€28€14MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Macomb to Chicago will vary between €18 and €41. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Macomb over the next 7 days is €20. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

€46€37€28€18€9JJASONDJFMAM
Taking the train from Macomb to Chicago usually costs about the same throughout the year. In general, train ticket prices for this route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around €29 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

€46€37€28€18€93020100

Since ticket prices on this route stay pretty consistent, you don’t need to book way in advance. However, we recommend buying your train ticket to Chicago at least 48 hours before your scheduled departure to prevent any unpleasant surprises, like last-minute surges in price or sold-out tickets.

Which train should you take from Macomb to Chicago?

There are 3 train lines with service from Macomb to Chicago. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak114h 51m€27.47
Amtrak Carl Sandburg13h 33m€24.44
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr13h 32m€37.63
  • 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 Macomb to Chicago every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €21.

  • The Amtrak Carl Sandburg, named after the Pulitzer-winning author, is a sister service to the Illinois Zephyr. Both operate daily services between Chicago and Quincy with additional stops in Naperville and Kewanee. Whether you buy a coach class or business class ticket, you'll have plenty of legroom and complimentary WiFi, plus access to refreshments at the onboard cafe.

  • The Illinois Zephyr is a passenger train operated by Amtrak, running between Quincy and Chicago. Taking the train from Macomb to Chicago is a comfortable option, and tickets on this route cost on average. The Illinois Zephyr and its sister train, the Carl Sandburg, serve one of Amtrak's most popular lines. The train features amenities such as airline-style coach seating, a cafe on board, power outlets, restrooms, and Wi-Fi.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Macomb and Chicago is approximately 186 miles, or 300 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 14 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 32 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.

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

The earliest train departs Macomb at 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 18:00. 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. 2 of these are direct connections to Chicago. 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 Chicago to Macomb.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Macomb?

Main departure station: 120 E Calhoun St

There is one train station in Macomb.

All train stations in Macomb:

  • 120 E Calhoun St

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Main arrival 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.

Train stations in Chicago:

  • Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

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