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Compare train tickets from San Francisco to Chicago

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Schedule & Pricing Info

How much are train tickets from San Francisco to Chicago?

Lowest Price$142.00
Fastest Train53h 0m
Trains Per Day4
Train Lines1
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you find cheap train tickets from San Francisco 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, $197.02 was the cheapest average price users have found for trains from San Francisco to Chicago.

How long is the train journey from San Francisco to Chicago?

The distance between San Francisco and Chicago is approximately 1855 miles, or 2985 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 72 hours and 23 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 53 hours,

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 San Francisco 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 Tuesday 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 San Francisco at 5:00am 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.

How many trains per day run from San Francisco to Chicago?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to San Francisco. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Francisco to Chicago for $107.00.

What train services are there from San Francisco to Chicago?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects San Francisco to Chicago. However, there are 4 trains per day to choose from.
TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak43d 0h 23m$206.25

Where is the train station in San Francisco?

There is one train station in San Francisco:

  • 425 Mission St

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

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