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Train Route Overview: Normal to Chicago

There are 9 daily trains from Normal to Chicago. Traveling by train from Normal to Chicago usually takes around 3 hours and 39 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Lincoln Service train can make the trip in 2 hours and 26 minutes.

Distance118 mi (190 km)
Fastest train2h 26m
Lowest price€12.15
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Normal to Chicago

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Bing

10 November 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: i forgot to bring print copy of my ticket, and worried when i can't access eticket either. but front counter crew just print one copy after i show my ID. Super fast service and nice seat. Cons: I always bring my running battery computer. Tips: Bring a blanket whe...

Pros: i forgot to bring print copy of my ticket, and worried when i can't access eticket either. but front counter crew just print one copy after i show my ID. Super fast service and nice seat. Cons: I always bring my running battery computer. Tips: Bring a blanket when you travel at night. It makes your feel warmer if you wrapped in a blanket and huddle in seat.

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5.0

Lisa

23 November 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: That I didn't have to drive! The stations were very clean and staff was great. Cons: I would like to see more Security or Police making rounds. I didn't see many security cameras in Chicago. Tips: Sit back and relax!

Pros: That I didn't have to drive! The stations were very clean and staff was great. Cons: I would like to see more Security or Police making rounds. I didn't see many security cameras in Chicago. Tips: Sit back and relax!

5.0

Shannon

18 October 2019- Vacation

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: It was a very easy and comfortable train ride both there and back. Cheap parking at the station. Cons: Nothing at this time.

Pros: It was a very easy and comfortable train ride both there and back. Cheap parking at the station. Cons: Nothing at this time.

5.0

Todd

23 June 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: Everything went well. Cons: Nothing. Tips: This was a good deal and a good trip.

Pros: Everything went well. Cons: Nothing. Tips: This was a good deal and a good trip.

4.0

Tamia

8 June 2019- Vacation

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: Didn’t have to deal with traffic. Cons: NA. Tips: Be prepared if train is delayed.

Pros: Didn’t have to deal with traffic. Cons: NA. Tips: Be prepared if train is delayed.

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

In the last month, €20.68 was the average price of a train ticket from Normal to Chicago. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 19 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €15.91 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€42€28€14MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Normal to Chicago will vary between €19 and €31. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Normal 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

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Normal to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €16 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Normal to Chicago in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €21 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

€47€37€28€19€93020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 19 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Chicago from Normal will be about €15.91 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Normal to Chicago?

There are 3 train lines with service from Normal to Chicago. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 4 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak45h 27m€33.11
Amtrak Lincoln Service42h 34m€16.75
Amtrak Texas Eagle12h 43m€22.70
  • 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 4 Amtrak trains from Normal to Chicago every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €12.

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  • Amtrak Lincoln Service

    Amtrak Lincoln Service

    Amtrak Lincoln Service is part of Amtrak's Illinois Service, providing rail transportation throughout Illinois. The Lincoln Service travels 284 miles between St. Louis and Chicago with nine intermediate stops. Amtrak Lincoln trains offer WiFi connectivity, power outlets, business class seating, and a cafe car to ensure passengers have the most comfortable journey possible.

  • Amtrak Texas Eagle

    Amtrak Texas Eagle

    The Amtrak Texas Eagle is a 1,306-mile train route from Chicago, Illinois to San Antonio, Texas. Because of the route’s length, the train offers sleeper car options in addition to standard coach seats. Like most Amtrak trains, the Texas Eagle features power outlets at each seat, restrooms in each car, and a cafe car where passengers can purchase food and drinks. A journey from Normal to Chicago on the Texas Eagle usually takes 2 hours and 43 minutes, which is best spent enjoying the incredible scenery along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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 Chicago?

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

The distance between Normal and Chicago is approximately 118 miles, or 190 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 39 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 26 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

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

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Normal at 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 20:00. 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 Chicago?

There are 9 scheduled trains on most days. 6 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 Normal.

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 Normal?

Departure stations

Normal has 3 stations where passengers can board the train to Chicago.

All train stations in Normal:

  • Uptown Station - 11 Uptown Cir

  • City Link Transit Ctr - 407 SW Adams St

  • Bradley University Student Ctr - 915 Elmwood Ave

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