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Trains from Normal to Carbondale

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Trip Summary

There are 8 daily trains from Normal to Carbondale. Traveling by train from Normal to Carbondale usually takes around 10 hours and 46 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 5 hours and 57 minutes.

Distance193 mi (311 km)
Fastest train5h 57m
Lowest price€25.88
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

What is the price of a train ticket from Normal to Carbondale?

In the last month, €43.13 was the average price of a train ticket from Normal to Carbondale. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €14.66 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Normal to Carbondale by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for March. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €45 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Normal to Carbondale in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €53 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

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 10 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Carbondale from Normal will be about €14.66 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Normal to Carbondale?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Normal to Carbondale. However, there are 8 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak810h 47m€49.30
  • 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 8 Amtrak trains from Normal to Carbondale every day, as well as 6 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €26.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Normal to Carbondale 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Normal to Carbondale?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Normal to Carbondale. 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 Normal to Carbondale?

The distance between Normal and Carbondale is approximately 193 miles, or 311 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 46 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 57 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?

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

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Normal at 09:00 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 Normal to Carbondale?

There are 8 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 Carbondale to Normal.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Normal?

Main departure station: Uptown Station - 11 Uptown Cir

There is one train station in Normal.

All train stations in Normal:

  • Uptown Station - 11 Uptown Cir

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