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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Los Angeles to Chicago?

Lowest Price$146.00
Fastest Train42h 50m
Trains Per Day10
Train Lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Los Angeles to Chicago right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Can you take a train all the way from Los Angeles to Chicago?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Los Angeles to Chicago. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

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

In the last month, $194.81 was the average price of a train ticket from Los Angeles, CA 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 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $90.38 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Los Angeles to Chicago?

The distance between Los Angeles and Chicago is approximately 1742 miles, or 2804 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 62 hours and 27 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 42 hours and 50 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 Los Angeles to Chicago are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Friday 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 Los Angeles at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. 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 Los Angeles to Chicago?

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Los Angeles to Chicago for $99.00.

Which train should you take from Los Angeles to Chicago?

There are 3 train lines with service from Los Angeles, California to Chicago, Illinois. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 8 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak82d 17h 20m$213.82
Amtrak Southwest Chief11d 18h 51m$149.15
Amtrak Texas Eagle22d 13h 53m$154.93

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 6 stops and stations in Los Angeles where you can board the train:

  • Union Station
  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd
  • 6860 Park Terrace Dr
  • Catalina Express Terminal
  • 931 S Gaffey St

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Price trends for trains from Los Angeles to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

$225$150$75SepOct

Monthly average prices

$325$260$195$130$65ONDJFMAMJJAS

Prices as travel date approaches

$300$240$180$120$603020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Los Angeles, CA to Chicago, IL
4.0
Based on 3 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0
Penelope
4.0
August 11, 2020Visiting family
Pros
The views were beautiful and I feel that I got to know more of my country. The first train #14 Coast Starlight was smoother than train #28 the Empire Builder. The jarring at night seriously hurt my knees. It was a great adventure and everybody should take a train ride...More
Cons
Newer trains on long rides or slower speeds at night to reduce jarring movement. I'm 63 years old and I enjoy the internet,.Please re-instate WiFi on all routes, it is essential.
Tips
Take the plunge!. If older, get a roomette, the best deal. Explore your own country before you spend your money to visit foreign countries.

Based on 2 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.5
Staff
3.5
Value
3.5
Condition
4.0
Lilybeth
4.0
October 13, 2019Vacation
Pros
another exciting experience. the views are all good and makes it a different experience! we enjoyed our trip😍
Cons
add more variety of foods at the dining like food with rice for asian like us! much appreciated if there are more varieties of foods offered!

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