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What train companies travel to Columbus, Wisconsin?

Located in Wisconsin, Columbus is accessible by train from 75 other cities. You can choose from 203 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Columbus on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

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

Train companies serving Columbus

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak16118h 5m$96.97
Amtrak Empire Builder2415h 3m$86.02
  • 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 Empire Builder

    Amtrak Empire Builder

    The Amtrak Empire Builder is a long-distance passenger rail service that has been in operation since 1929. The full 2,200-mile route takes 45 hours to connect Chicago with the Pacific Northwest. Don’t let the length of the trip intimidate you; the Empire Builder is one of Amtrak’s most popular services, and often rated as the most scenic train route in the country. The sightseer lounge, home to enormous windows, is the perfect place to drink in the incredible views of the Mississippi River, the North Dakota Plains, Glacier National Park, and the Columbia River Gorge. Overnight trips on the Empire Builder include the option to book sleeper cabins, for a more comfortable journey and included meals. All passengers can purchase meals or snacks in the cafe car.

Which train carrier has the best service to Columbus?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Columbus by train with Amtrak Empire Builder giving them a 4.6 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Empire Builder had the most comfortable train service to Columbus taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Empire Builder offers. They rate Amtrak Empire Builder a 4.4 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Columbus punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Empire Builder has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Columbus, rating them a 3.8 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Columbus?

$11.00 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Columbus, 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 Columbus. In the last month, trains from Portage to Columbus had the lowest average price at $11.00.

Where is the train station in Columbus, WI?

The main train station in Columbus is 359 N Ludington St. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Columbus.

What is the closest airport to Columbus, WI?

The closest airport to Columbus is Dane County Regional Truax Field (MSN), it is located 21.3 miles from the city center of Columbus.

Is Columbus a popular train travel destination?

Columbus ranks number 10 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 435 in United States. Columbus ranks number 5 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Columbus via train service. On average 38 direct daily train trips serve Columbus.

What is the population of Columbus?

The population of Columbus is 4996. Columbus ranks number 22 in terms of population in Wisconsin and number 698 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to Columbus cost?

Train tickets to Columbus range from $11 for a short trip to Columbus, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Columbus starts at , and a longer trip by train to Columbus 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 $24.

What type of traveler does Columbus attract?

People who take the train to Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus?

The closest train station to the city center of Columbus is 359 N Ludington St, located just 0.2 miles away. Select 359 N Ludington St as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Columbus. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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