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Wilmington-Chicago Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Wilmington to Chicago?

Lowest price$87.00
Fastest train20h 20m
Trains per day5
Train lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Wilmington 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.

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

In the last month, $101.28 was the average price of a train ticket from Wilmington, DE 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 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $79.49 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Wilmington to Chicago?

The distance between Wilmington and Chicago is approximately 649 miles, or 1044 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 22 hours and 37 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 20 hours and 20 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 Wilmington to Chicago are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 Thursday 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 Wilmington at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 1:00pm. 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 Wilmington to Chicago?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Wilmington 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 Wilmington. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Wilmington to Chicago for $66.00.

Which train should you take from Wilmington to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Wilmington, Delaware to Chicago, Illinois. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 4 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak421h 33m$117.66
Amtrak Cardinal11d 2h 16m$89.41

Amtrak train tickets from Wilmington to Chicago start from $87, and on average cost $118. Daily there are 4 Amtrak schedules to Chicago. Amtrak in Wilmington leaves from Amtrak Station - 100 French St, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St, From Wilmington to Chicago train travel on Amtrak takes 21 hours and 33 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 20 hours and 20 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 3 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $119 for a one-way train ticket to Chicago.

Amtrak Cardinal train tickets from Wilmington to Chicago start from $87, and on average cost $89. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Cardinal schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Cardinal in Wilmington leaves from Amtrak Station - 100 French St, And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St, From Wilmington to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Cardinal takes 26 hours and 16 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak Cardinal offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 20 hours and 20 minutes. If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Cardinal scheduled trip per day, which will cost $90 for a one-way weekend reservation from Wilmington.

Where is the train station in Wilmington?

There is one train station in Wilmington:

  • Amtrak Station - 100 French St

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Price trends for trains from Wilmington to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

$135$90$45SepSep

Monthly average prices

$175$140$105$70$35AMJJASONDJFM

Prices as travel date approaches

$175$140$105$70$353020100

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