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Schedule & Pricing Info

How much are train tickets from Richmond, CA to Chicago, IL?

Lowest Price$231.75
Fastest Train51h 28m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines2
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Price trends for trains from Richmond to Chicago

Monthly average prices

$275$220$165$110$55ASONDJFMAMJJ

Prices as travel date approaches

$325$260$195$130$653020100

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Richmond 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. To review the latest news and updates on which companies have reduced routes, visit our COVID-19 Travel Alert.

In order to keep their 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 Richmond to Chicago?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Richmond 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 do you find cheap train tickets from Richmond to Chicago?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets is to plan ahead and book your train travel early. In the past 30 days, $231.75 was the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Richmond to Chicago.

How long is the train journey from Richmond to Chicago?

The distance between Richmond and Chicago is approximately 1847 miles, or 2973 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 55 hours and 24 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 51 hours and 28 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 Richmond 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 Wednesday 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 Richmond at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many trains per day run from Richmond to Chicago?

Trains leave the station in Richmond twice a day, so thre are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Chicago faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Richmond.

What train services are there from Richmond to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Richmond to Chicago. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:
TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak22d 9h 36m$204.14
Amtrak California Zephyr12d 3h 29m$141.00

Where is the train station in Richmond?

There is one train station in Richmond:

  • BART Station - 1700 Nevin Ave

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

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