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Plano - Chicago Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Plano to Chicago. Traveling by train from Plano to Chicago usually takes around one hour and 11 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Illinois Zephyr train can make the trip in one hour and 9 minutes.

Distance49 mi (79 km)
Fastest train1h 9m
Lowest price€7.39
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Carl Sandburg
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Plano to Chicago

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Gloria

23 August 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: Very clean train. Cons: Seats should recline just a bit.

4.0

Katherine J

24 November 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: Smooth, direct and comfortable. Cons: The train was 1 hour late for trip into Chicago. Heard it was engine problem😳. Tips: Dress warm Incase train is late as the depot was not open.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Plano and Chicago cost €7.39, 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 €8.16 more.

Monthly average prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during January. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Plano to Chicago, with the average price at just €9. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in November, when the average price goes up to €18. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Which train should you take from Plano to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Plano to Chicago. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Carl Sandburg11h 13m€10.35
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr11h 9m€13.32
  • 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 Plano 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 Plano and Chicago is approximately 49 miles, or 79 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 11 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 9 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

Trains departing from Plano to Chicago tend to have the most passengers on Thursday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Thursday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Friday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Plano at 09:00 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.

Trains leave the station in Plano twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Chicago with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Plano.

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 Plano?

Main departure station: 101 W Main St

There is one train station in Plano.

All train stations in Plano:

  • 101 W Main 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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