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Cheap train tickets from San Diego to Chicago


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How much are train tickets from San Diego to Chicago?

Lowest Price$176.50
Fastest Train47h 8m
Trains Per Day15
Train Lines1
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you find cheap train tickets from San Diego to Chicago?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from San Diego to Chicago is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from San Diego to Chicago was $263.10. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 25 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $50.88 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from San Diego to Chicago?

The distance between San Diego and Chicago is approximately 1732.53 miles, or 2787.54 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 68 hours and 51 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 47 hours and 8 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.

What is the busiest day for trains from San Diego to Chicago?

On Thursday trains from San Diego to Chicago are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Sunday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from San Diego to Chicago?

Typically there are 15 schedules to compare for your trip to Chicago. One train carrier operates regular service on the San Diego to Chicago route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between San Diego to Chicago, usually offering 14.567 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from San Diego to Chicago, you will need to disembark from the first train and board a connecting train. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may be responsible for transferring your own checked luggage, but you will definitely need to bring your hand luggage.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from San Diego to Chicago, which start at $87.00.

One train company connects San Diego to Chicago


Amtrak train tickets from San Diego to Chicago start from $176.50, and on average cost $276.80. Daily there are 14.566667 Amtrak schedules to Chicago. Amtrak in San Diego leaves from 1050 Kettner Blvd and one other station. And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St,

From San Diego to Chicago train travel on Amtrak takes 68 hours and 52 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 47 hours and 8 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 13.0625 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $268.50 for a one-way train ticket to Chicago.

Avg. Time
2d 20h 52m
Avg. Price

Plan your next adventure

There are 2 train stations in San Diego with trains to Chicago. For this route, the busiest departing train stations are:
  • 1050 Kettner Blvd
  • 4005 Taylor St
There is one train station where trains from San Diego arrive in Chicago:
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

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