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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Pontiac to Chicago. Traveling by train from Pontiac to Chicago usually takes around 2 hours and 7 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Lincoln Service train can make the trip in one hour and 59 minutes.

Distance86 mi (139 km)
Fastest train1h 59m
Lowest price€11.54
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lincoln Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Pontiac to Chicago

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Terese

5 July 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: It was fast and convenient and I saved money because I did not have to pay for parking in Chicago. Tips: This is a great way to travel to Chicago.

Pros: It was fast and convenient and I saved money because I did not have to pay for parking in Chicago. Tips: This is a great way to travel to Chicago.

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

In the last month, €11.72 was the average price of a train ticket from Pontiac 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 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €14.23 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€29€19€10MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Pontiac to Chicago will vary between €12 and €21. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Pontiac over the next 7 days is €12. 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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Traveling from Pontiac to Chicago by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around €13 whenever you decide to board the train to Chicago.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Pontiac to Chicago remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Pontiac to Chicago?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak12h 9m€12.55
Amtrak Lincoln Service42h 5m€12.99
Amtrak Texas Eagle12h 11m€15.85
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Pontiac to Chicago every day, as well as 1 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 Pontiac to Chicago on the Texas Eagle usually takes 2 hours and 11 minutes, which is best spent enjoying the incredible scenery along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Pontiac 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.

How long is the train journey from Pontiac to Chicago?

The distance between Pontiac and Chicago is approximately 86 miles, or 139 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 7 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 59 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Pontiac 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 Wednesday. Wednesday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Pontiac 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 Pontiac to Chicago?

There are 6 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Pontiac to Chicago.

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

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 Pontiac?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Pontiac.

All train stations in Pontiac:

  • 721 W Washington St

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