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About St Louis

St. Louis is one of several major cities in the state of Missouri and it is uniquely located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The city is usually recognized by its most distinctive feature, the Gateway Arch, thanks to which it is the only city in the United States that has a national park in the heart of its downtown district. The Arch is a must-see attraction and you can even take a tram to the top for some incredible views of the St. Louis skyline.

Some of the other truly unique attractions you can visit while you’re in town include the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis where you can check out an incredible collection of dolls, dollhouses and vignettes, and the City Museum where you can ride down a 10-story spiral slide (yup, you read that right.) For a great outdoor experience, stop by the gorgeous Missouri Botanical Garden, and then take a stroll through Citygarden where you will find various quirky statues and installations worthy of being featured in your Instagram feed.

Ale enthusiasts would be excited to know that St. Louis is one of the best craft beer cities in the U.S. as well as one of the cheapest drinking cities. That means your party budget could take you a long way. Unsurprisingly, the city is also among the best spring break destinations on a budget.

The main bus and train station in St. Louis, Gateway Station, is located right in the center of downtown, not far from the Gateway Arch, which makes coming in and out of the city a breeze.

Station Information

Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St - STLAMT-0

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Gateway Station opened in 2008 to consolidate St Louis’ transportation services into one central hub. The station’s award-winning design includes a pedestrian walkway with expansive colored glass windows overlooking the train tracks. Perfectly located in the heart of downtown St Louis, the station is surrounded by bars, restaurants, and hotels and is just a few blocks from Busch Stadium and the iconic Gateway Arch. Amenities inside the station include free Wifi, a food court, and a lounge for Amtrak’s First Class passengers. Gateway Station is a major stop for intercity bus service, several Amtrak train lines, and the city’s MetroLink which can connect you with the St Louis Lambert International Airport in just 30 minutes.

Popular train stations in St Louis:

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

What train companies travel to St Louis, Missouri?

Located in Missouri, St Louis is accessible by train from 406 other cities. You can choose from 967 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to St Louis on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to St Louis are also available.

Train companies serving St Louis

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak3881d 1h 2m$143.71
Amtrak Texas Eagle3510h 6m$67.49
Amtrak Lincoln Service103h 49m$27.00
Amtrak Missouri River Runner84h 28m$32.11
  • 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.

  • Amtrak Texas Eagle

    Amtrak Texas Eagle

    Amtrak Texas Eagle is a train service operated by Amtrak that connects to Texas. It links Chicago with the heart of the Lone Star State in San Antonio, going to cities such as St. Louis and Dallas. Onboard amenities include restrooms, power outlets, complimentary WiFi, and a designated restaurant car with full meals.

  • 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 Missouri River Runner

    Amtrak Missouri River Runner

    Amtrak Missouri River Runner is a daily passenger train service operated by Amtrak across Missouri. The 283-mile full journey runs alongside the Missouri River, providing excellent views for the journey. The Missouri Runner offers both standard and business-class tickets, and all passengers can enjoy onboard WiFi and a cafe service with food and drinks for sale.

Which train carrier has the best service to St Louis?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to St Louis by train with Amtrak Missouri River Runner giving them a 4.9 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Missouri River Runner had the most comfortable train service to St Louis taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Missouri River Runner offers. They rate Amtrak Missouri River Runner a 4.7 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to St Louis punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Lincoln Service has the best on time performance on their train schedules to St Louis, rating them a 4.6 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to St Louis?

$3.50 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to St Louis, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on trains from your city to St Louis. In the last month, trains from Alton to St Louis had the lowest average price at $3.60.

Where is the train station in St Louis, MO?

The main train station in St Louis is Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around St Louis.

What is the closest airport to St Louis, MO?

The closest airport to St Louis is Lambert St Louis Intl Airport (STL), it is located 12.5 miles from the city center of St Louis.

Is St Louis a popular train travel destination?

St Louis is the most popular train destination in Missouri. It also ranks number 138 in United States. St Louis has the most train connections in the region. There are 81 train schedules arriving in St Louis each day.

What is the population of St Louis?

The population of St Louis is 315685. St Louis ranks number 3 in terms of population in Missouri and number 131 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to St Louis cost?

Train tickets to St Louis range from $4 for a short trip to St Louis, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to St Louis starts at , and a longer trip by train to St Louis can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $4 .

What type of traveler does St Louis attract?

People who take the train to St Louis are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to St Louis easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What train station is located closest to the city center of St Louis?

The closest train station to the city center of St Louis is Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St, located just 0.3 miles away. Select Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of St Louis. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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