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Grand Forks - Saint Paul Train Timetable

Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Grand Forks to Saint Paul. Traveling by train from Grand Forks to Saint Paul usually takes around 6 hours and 49 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Builder train can make the trip in 6 hours and 41 minutes.

Distance278 mi (448 km)
Fastest train6h 41m
Lowest price€39.29
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Builder
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Grand Forks, ND to Saint Paul, MN

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Sahra

4 August 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Very good and confortble I like staff and how to manage people. Cons: Internet. Tips: Just money is to much weekdays.

Pros: Very good and confortble I like staff and how to manage people. Cons: Internet. Tips: Just money is to much weekdays.

5.0

Teagan

27 July 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Was moved with another on boarding passenger to vacant seats (as opposed to assigned seats so as not to disturb other passengers already asleep) Attendants woke passengers before their stop so they were ready to disembark. Tips: The overhead compartments are a li...

Pros: Was moved with another on boarding passenger to vacant seats (as opposed to assigned seats so as not to disturb other passengers already asleep) Attendants woke passengers before their stop so they were ready to disembark. Tips: The overhead compartments are a little small so if you have a small carry on it will fit otherwise leave it with the large luggage.

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What is the price of a train ticket from Grand Forks to Saint Paul?

In the last month, €39.29 was the average price of a train ticket from Grand Forks, ND to Saint Paul, MN. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. 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 €10.25 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€51€34€17SepOct

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Grand Forks to Saint Paul will vary between €39 and €46. Planning a train trip to Saint Paul within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Grand Forks over the next 7 days is €40. 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 Grand Forks to Saint Paul 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 €41 whenever you decide to board the train to Saint Paul.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Grand Forks to Saint Paul 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 Grand Forks to Saint Paul?

2 train services operate from Grand Forks, North Dakota to Saint Paul, Minnesota. Amtrak Empire Builder usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak115h 58m€99.47
Amtrak Empire Builder26h 42m€41.64
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    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 Grand Forks to Saint Paul every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €97.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Grand Forks to Saint Paul 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 Grand Forks to Saint Paul?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Grand Forks to Saint Paul. 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 Grand Forks to Saint Paul?

The distance between Grand Forks and Saint Paul is approximately 278 miles, or 448 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 49 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 41 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?

Trains from Grand Forks to Saint Paul are the most crowded on Friday. 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 Sunday 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 Grand Forks at 01:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 01:00. 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 Grand Forks to Saint Paul?

Trains leave the station in Grand Forks twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Saint Paul 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 Saint Paul to Grand Forks. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Grand Forks to Saint Paul for €46.12.

City Information

Saint Paul

Saint Paul is the capital of Minnesota, and is one of the Twin Cities, along with its neighbor across the Mississippi River, Minneapolis. As the seat of Minnesota's government, Saint Paul offers historic and cultural attractions which represent both the state and the American Midwest as a whole.

For a comprehensive introduction to the region's history, start your trip at the Minnesota History Center, just down the street from the grounds of the State Capitol building. There are museums in Saint Paul for all types of interests, including the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Schubert Club Musical Instrument Museum. For an extra dash of Saint Paul history, take a stroll down Summit Avenue, a stylish street of drool-worthy Victorian houses and mansions, including the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

If you're brave enough to visit Saint Paul during the freezing winters, you'll be rewarded with the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, a yearly event where you can explore ice palaces, watch live ice sculpting, and compete in city-wide scavenger hunts. Saint Paul is also one of the country's best cities for craft beer, so save time to taste some local ales or even brew your own beer at Vine Park Brewing Co.

Saint Paul is a hub for travel in the Midwest thanks in part to Amtrak's Empire Builder train service which stops at Saint Paul Union Depot. Bus service from stations throughout town and nearby Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport make it easy to travel to and from this saintly city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Grand Forks?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Grand Forks.

Where is the train station in Saint Paul?

Arrival stations

Saint Paul receives travelers from Grand Forks at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Saint Paul:

  • Minn-St Paul Airport - 4300 Glumack Dr

Need a return trip from Saint Paul to Grand Forks?

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