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Quincy - Chicago Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 2 daily train trips between Quincy and Chicago. The average train journey from Quincy to Chicago takes 5 hours and 12 minutes, but some Amtrak Carl Sandburg train trips are as short as 4 hours and 21 minutes.

Distance239 mi (384 km)
Fastest train4h 21m
Lowest price€14.78
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Carl Sandburg
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Quincy to Chicago

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

charles

27 October 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Carl Sandburg

i love you guys

5.0

Keirra

6 October 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Carl Sandburg

Pros: Amtrak is always great, except when it comes to refunds after you missed your trip. Cons: It was great but since it was sold out I had a person sitting next to me and the seats aren’t wide enough for some people of bigger sizes so we were touching the whole ride. Tips: Neck pillow, light blanket would put the Cherry on top for you.

4.0

Robert

13 April 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: I really enjoyed the aspect that I didn't need to drive and could spend time with my children. Cons: Speed and or entertainment options on the train.

5.0

Carol

3 July 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: Not having to drive. Cons: Nothing.

5.0

Devinn

4 April 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: The time. Cons: Nothing. Tips: None.

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

In the last month, €18.47 was the average price of a train ticket from Quincy 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 €19.86 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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Mark your calendar for January if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Quincy to Chicago. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of €32. If you're planning a trip from Quincy to Chicago during November, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about €45 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

€69€55€42€28€143020100

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 Quincy will be about €19.86 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Quincy to Chicago?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak115h 40m€35.19
Amtrak Carl Sandburg14h 22m€31.68
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr14h 21m€42.32
  • 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 Quincy to Chicago every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €26.

  • 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 Quincy 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 Quincy and Chicago is approximately 239 miles, or 384 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 12 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 21 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 Quincy to Chicago on Tuesday. Tickets for Tuesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Quincy at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 17:00. 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 Quincy 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 Quincy.

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 Quincy?

Main departure station: N 30th St and Wisman Ln

There is one train station in Quincy.

All train stations in Quincy:

  • N 30th St and Wisman Ln

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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