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Trip Summary

There are 8 daily trains from Los Angeles to Chicago. Traveling by train from Los Angeles to Chicago usually takes around 63 hours and 34 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Southwest Chief train can make the trip in 42 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance1742 mi (2804 km)
Fastest train42h 55m
Lowest price$146.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Los Angeles, CA to Chicago, IL

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Penelope

August 11, 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak

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 tra...

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 into the big, blue yonder. 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.

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4.0

Lilybeth

October 13, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak Southwest Chief

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!

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!

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

In the last month, $211.31 was the average price of a train ticket from Los Angeles, CA to Chicago, IL. Given how far apart Los Angeles and Chicago are from each other, there's no getting around the fact that most train tickets are on the pricier side. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $129.60 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$300$200$100NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Los Angeles to Chicago will vary between $193 and $287. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Los Angeles over the next 7 days is $193. 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

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Los Angeles to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $204 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Los Angeles to Chicago in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $246 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Chicago from Los Angeles will be about $129.60 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

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 6 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak62d 19h 16m$282.53
Amtrak Southwest Chief11d 18h 56m$220.16
Amtrak Texas Eagle22d 13h 52m$190.43
  • Amtrak

    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. On average, there are 6 Amtrak trains from Los Angeles to Chicago every day, as well as 12 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $146.

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  • Amtrak Southwest Chief

    Amtrak Southwest Chief

    Amtrak Southwest Chief train tickets from Los Angeles to Chicago start from $146, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Southwest Chief schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Southwest Chief in Los Angeles leaves from Union Station . And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station .

    From Los Angeles to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Southwest Chief takes 42 hours and 56 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak Southwest Chief offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 42 hours and 55 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Southwest Chief scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Los Angeles.

  • Amtrak Texas Eagle

    Amtrak Texas Eagle

    Amtrak Texas Eagle train tickets from Los Angeles to Chicago start from $146, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Amtrak Texas Eagle schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Texas Eagle in Los Angeles leaves from Union Station . And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station .

    From Los Angeles to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Texas Eagle takes 61 hours and 52 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak Texas Eagle offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 42 hours and 55 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Texas Eagle offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Chicago.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Los Angeles 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 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.

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 63 hours and 34 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 42 hours and 55 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 Monday. 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 1:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 8 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 $199.00.

City Information

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Chicago

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.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles, CA - Union Station - LAXUST-0

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Departure stations

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

All train stations in Los Angeles:

  • Union Station

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth

  • 592 Gayley Ave

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Arrival stations

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:

  • Union Station

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