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Birmingham-Chicago Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Birmingham to Chicago?

Lowest Price$184.00
Fastest Train42h 21m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Birmingham to Chicago 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.

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

In the last month, $194.50 was the average price of a train ticket from Birmingham, AL to Chicago, IL. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 11 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $58.50 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Birmingham to Chicago?

The distance between Birmingham and Chicago is approximately 579 miles, or 932 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 42 hours and 59 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 42 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Birmingham to Chicago 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 Birmingham at 2:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 2:00pm. 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 Birmingham to Chicago?

Trains leave the station in Birmingham twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you change trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Birmingham. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Birmingham to Chicago for $99.00.

Which train should you take from Birmingham to Chicago?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Birmingham, Alabama to Chicago, Illinois. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak21d 18h 59m$207.50

Amtrak train tickets from Birmingham to Chicago start from $184, and on average cost $208. Daily there are 2 Amtrak schedules to Chicago. Amtrak in Birmingham leaves from Intermodal Facility, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St, From Birmingham to Chicago train travel on Amtrak takes 42 hours and 59 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 42 hours and 21 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $223 for a one-way train ticket to Chicago.

Where is the train station in Birmingham?

There is one train station in Birmingham:

  • Intermodal Facility

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Price trends for trains from Birmingham to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

$210$140$70AugSep

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

$275$220$165$110$553020100

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