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How much are train tickets from Alton to Chicago?

Lowest Price$23.00
Fastest Train4h 38m
Trains Per Day3
Train Lines2
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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Alton to Chicago
Based on 5 reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Lincoln Service report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 75 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
November 16, 2019Visiting family
64 years old and first train trip. It was everything I hoped it would be
November 14, 2019Business
Older car seats were a bit odd - seat cushion wanted to push forward as if to be a flotation device :)
In time, replace old seats with new ones. No rush - they were just fine
September 6, 2019Couples trip
extra legroom
expect slight delays
July 12, 2019Visiting friends
Train was on time and noise level reasonable. Good trip...
Food on the train needs improvement...would like to eat in diner car on way back but always full...
Not really...nice to not have to drive to Chicago from Alton..

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
August 16, 2019Visiting friends
Once we got boarded and pleasant ride to Chicago.
The delay.
Get the Amtrak app so you can watch the train status. I was at the station for 2 1/2 + hours before the train arrived. It was delayed. If I had the app I might of arrived earlier to get on the train before.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Alton 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.

How do you find cheap train tickets from Alton 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, $23.00 was the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Alton to Chicago. By booking your trip 10 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $11.62 compared to a same-day fare.

How long is the train journey from Alton to Chicago?

The distance between Alton and Chicago is approximately 246 miles, or 396 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 54 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 38 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 Alton to Chicago are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Monday 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 Alton at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. 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 Alton to Chicago?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Chicago. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

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

What train services are there from Alton to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Alton to Chicago. Amtrak Lincoln Service 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
Amtrak Lincoln Service24h 46m$24.30
Amtrak Texas Eagle15h 7m$25.73

Where is the train station in Alton?

There is one train station in Alton:

  • Multi-Modal Transportation Center

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

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