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About Amtrak Carl Sandburg

Amtrak Carl Sandburg operates a daily service between Chicago and Quincy. Departures from Chicago's Union Station take place early in the morning and return from Quincy in the evening, with 306 monthly trips on average.

The route was launched in 2006 as a sister service to the Illinois Zephyr, which operates along the same 258-mile route. Amtrak Carl Sandburg is named after the Pulitzer-prize-winning writer Carl Sandburg, who was born close to the route in Galesburg, Illinois.

Amtrak Carl Sandburg services call at eight additional station stops, all within Illinois, including Naperville and Kewanee. The full-length journey lasts a little over four hours. Around 80,000 passengers take this trip between Chicago and Quincy each year.

Whether you buy a coach class or business class ticket, you'll have plenty of legroom and complimentary WiFi. Passengers can also snag some refreshments from the café service.

Amtrak has been an official Wanderu partner since 2015, which means you can check all Amtrak schedules and prices, including the Carl Sandburg. Use Wanderu to find the best deals available and book your trip today!

Contact Amtrak Carl Sandburg

Phone number: US: 1 (800) 872-7245

Online support: Amtrak Carl Sandburg website

Amtrak Carl Sandburg Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
Extra legroomExtra legroom
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Amtrak Carl Sandburg train coverage

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What travelers are saying about Amtrak Carl Sandburg

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Amtrak Carl Sandburg had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 20 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 21 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 23 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 26 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 28 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 25 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 26 reviews

Amtrak Carl Sandburg reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Carl Sandburg

(Based on 30 reviews)

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Amtrak Carl Sandburg passenger reviews



September 16, 2022- Visiting family

Chicago to Princeton





September 1, 2022- Visiting family

Naperville to Galesburg

I did not have to drive !!

I did not have to drive !!



August 26, 2022- Solo travel

Chicago to Quincy

Pros: I hate driving - so I always appreciate being able to get on a train, throw my earphones on and "chill" for the 4.5 hour trip. Cons: Arm rests. Even if it's just on one side per chair (window chair has an armrest against the window and the aisle seat have an armr...

Pros: I hate driving - so I always appreciate being able to get on a train, throw my earphones on and "chill" for the 4.5 hour trip. Cons: Arm rests. Even if it's just on one side per chair (window chair has an armrest against the window and the aisle seat have an armrest on the side at the aisle and no armrest in the middle) ...armrest(s) would be the ONE thing that would fully improve any trip on the train. ... Also, the wifi never seems to work as it should on my return trips from Chicago, I don't know why, but it'll either refuse to connect OR it'll connect but still never actually work. Tips: When taking the train, just sit back and relax - you're in good hands. I always pack cordless earbuds and a charger to keep my phone charged and play music during my 4.5 hr travel on the train... Also, the train always seems to be cold: so if you're like me, then packing a sweater or small blanket to have on the train in always a good choice. the seats do recline, and there is a surprisingly good amount of leg space - so get comfy (though, always be considerate of any person(s) behind you before reclining, and in general, have common sense and environmental awareness for what/who's around you to ensure you're being respectful of other people's space and whatnot).




July 2, 2022- Visiting friends

Chicago to Quincy

Pros: I HATE long car rides... And my my trip on the train was 4·5 hours long one way - I definitely got motion sickness my the time I was on my return trip home... But the trip itself was pleasant: the seats were comfortable and spacious, I was able to charge my phone...

Pros: I HATE long car rides... And my my trip on the train was 4·5 hours long one way - I definitely got motion sickness my the time I was on my return trip home... But the trip itself was pleasant: the seats were comfortable and spacious, I was able to charge my phone and the other passengers nearby were very pleasant to sit next to - it was a good trip. Cons: My trip was about 4.5 hours long... The one thing that would have made the trip 100% a great experience would have been if there were arm rests.... The only other notable issue I could really complain about was the fact that on the return trip home, the wifi did not connect at all (the previous trip, it worked great but on thia one, for whatever reason, the wifi just did not work at all). Tips: My tip for other travelers would be 1. Wear something comfortable - my trip was 4.5 hours long, if yours is also a longer one: put comfort first. My other tip would be: don't be afraid to say hello to your seatmate/those around you... I had a long trip, I did bring earphones for music, but I ended up chatting with some very friendly neighbors for most of the trip instead - made a couple new friends.




June 30, 2022- Visiting friends

Chicago to Quincy

Pros: Not needing to drive. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

Pros: Not needing to drive. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

Amtrak Carl Sandburg Routes & Network

Amtrak Carl Sandburg’s train network features 62 train routes that connect 10 cities serving 10 stations. On average, Amtrak Carl Sandburg performs about 22 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Carl Sandburg offers the highest number of daily train service include Kewanee and Chicago.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Carl Sandburg

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Chicago1911:30 pm2:39 am
Galesburg111:40 pm11:30 pm
Macomb101:40 pm11:30 pm
Quincy101:40 pm4:59 pm
Naperville11:40 pm2:39 am
Mendota151:40 pm1:48 am
Princeton181:40 pm12:55 am
Kewanee81:40 pm12:55 am
Plano51:40 pm1:24 am

Most popular Amtrak Carl Sandburg routes

The train from Kewanee to Chicago is Amtrak Carl Sandburg’s most popular route. Trips from Mendota to Chicago and Macomb to Naperville are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Carl Sandburg routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Kewanee to Chicago12h 27m$20
Mendota to Chicago11h 41m$12
Macomb to Naperville12h 44m$21
Chicago to Quincy14h 22m$33
Chicago to Galesburg12h 41m$24
Macomb to Chicago13h 32m$26
Princeton to Chicago12h 3m$15
Quincy to Naperville13h 33m$29
Galesburg to Naperville12h 8m$18

Amtrak Carl Sandburg Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Carl Sandburg tickets can be cancelled for a full refund within the first 24 hours after purchase. If more than 24 hours have passed, the cancellation policy and change fee structure for Amtrak bookings depend on the type of fare you purchased:

Saver Fare tickets: A 25% fee applies for any changes. If you cancel the trip, you will receive an eVoucher worth 75% of the original ticket price.

Value Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable up to 15 or more days before departure. If cancelled less than 14 days before departure, a 25% cancellation fee applies.

Flexible, Business and Premium Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable if cancelled or changed before departure.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable after the train has departed, so be sure to make your updates as soon as possible if your travel plans change.

If your Amtrak Carl Sandburg ticket is eligible for change or cancellation, you can do that by calling Amtrak’s customer service phone number at 1 (800) 872-7245. To cancel or change your booking online, simply go to and click on the “Modify Trip” tab in the upper right corner.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase when booking your tickets. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and coverage for lost or damaged baggage, trip protection can help you get your money back in case you need to cancel or change your trip. You can file a claim to have any Amtrak change or cancellation fees reimbursed if you cannot travel due to covered reasons such as illness, extreme weather, or required work shifts.

Amtrak Carl Sandburg Train Guide & FAQs

Do Amtrak Carl Sandburg trains have WiFi?

Yes, Amtrak Carl Sandburg offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Carl Sandburg will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Amtrak Carl Sandburg WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Are there power outlets or USB plugs on the train?

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak Carl Sandburg trains. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Amtrak Carl Sandburg might sometimes use replacement train vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

What is Amtrak Carl Sandburg's schedule?

On a typical day, Amtrak Carl Sandburg has 22 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

No, Amtrak Carl Sandburg does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

Yes, Amtrak Carl Sandburg requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

What are Amtrak Carl Sandburg’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about Amtrak Carl Sandburg’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there bathrooms on Amtrak Carl Sandburg trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Carl Sandburg trains. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Are meals or beverages available?

Amtrak Carl Sandburg provides snacks to satisfy your hunger during your travels. Be sure to pack a credit card and some cash in case you get hungry.

Do you have to print your Amtrak Carl Sandburg ticket?

Amtrak Carl Sandburg does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.

Does Amtrak Carl Sandburg offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Amtrak Carl Sandburg goes the extra distance to deliver premium features to its customers.

Do you find yourself squished in a regular seat or just love having extra room to sprawl out? Well you’re in luck as Amtrak Carl Sandburg offers extra legroom seating. Since there is no standard of what extra legroom is, the extra space you get may vary between train lines, but getting extra is always good.

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How do I get the best deal on Amtrak Carl Sandburg tickets?

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