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Emeryville - Chicago Train Schedule
There are 6 daily trains from Emeryville to Chicago. Traveling by train from Emeryville to Chicago usually takes around 60 hours and 51 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak California Zephyr train can make the trip in 51 hours and 40 minutes.
|Distance||1847 mi (2972 km)|
|Fastest train||51h 40m|
|Trains per day||1|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak|
What is the price of a train ticket from Emeryville to Chicago?
In the last month, $190.15 was the average price of a train ticket from Emeryville to Chicago. 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 25 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $63.91 more than that for a same-day booking.
Average prices by travel date
Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Emeryville to Chicago will vary between $181 and $229. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Emeryville over the next 7 days is $183. 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
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Emeryville to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $203 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Emeryville to Chicago in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $240 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.
Prices as travel date approaches
If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 25 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Chicago from Emeryville will be about $63.91 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.
Which train should you take from Emeryville to Chicago?
2 train services operate from Emeryville to Chicago. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak||5||2d 14h 42m||$222.46|
|Amtrak California Zephyr||1||2d 3h 40m||$172.72|
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 5 Amtrak trains from Emeryville to Chicago every day, as well as 6 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $158.
Amtrak California Zephyr
Amtrak California Zephyr train tickets from Emeryville to Chicago start from $141, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak California Zephyr schedules to Chicago. Amtrak California Zephyr in Emeryville leaves from 5885 Horton St . And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station .
From Emeryville to Chicago train travel on Amtrak California Zephyr takes 51 hours and 40 minutes.
If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak California Zephyr scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Emeryville.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Emeryville 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.
Can you take a train all the way from Emeryville to Chicago?
How long is the train journey from Emeryville to Chicago?
The distance between Emeryville and Chicago is approximately 1847 miles, or 2972 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 60 hours and 51 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 51 hours and 40 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?
On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Emeryville to Chicago on Monday. Tickets for Monday tend to also be the most expensive. For savy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Friday. Friday also tend to have less passangers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.
When are the first and last trains of the day?
The earliest train departs Emeryville at 3:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. 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 Emeryville to Chicago?
There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Emeryville to Chicago. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.
You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Emeryville.
Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials and a top destination in Illinois.
You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.
Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.
Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.
Where is the train station in Emeryville?
Main departure station: 5885 Horton St
Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 9 stops and stations in Emeryville where you can board the train.
All train stations in Emeryville:
5885 Horton St
11 Station Pl
Across San Leandro Blvd from BART station - 700 73rd Ave
Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St
37260 Fremont Blvd
Caltrain ACE station - 1001 Railroad Ave
5099 Stars and Stripes Dr
22555 Meekland Ave
Where is the train station in Chicago?
Main arrival station: Union Station
The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.
All train stations in Chicago:
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