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Alton - Joliet Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

5 trains operate daily from Alton to Joliet. The train trip from Alton to Joliet is usually about 3 hours and 21 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak train can get you there in as little as 3 hours and 7 minutes.

Distance213 mi (343 km)
Fastest train3h 7m
Lowest price$24.00
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lincoln Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Alton to Joliet

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)




November 1, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Very impressed with my needed assistance didn't ask me just did it



April 26, 2022- Business

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: My trip was awesome. I thank everyone for helping me with my bags on and off the train. I. Cons: I was happy with everything.

What is the price of a train ticket from Alton to Joliet?

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Alton to Joliet was $33.47. This is an excellent deal, especially considering the length of the journey. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Joliet if you book your train tickets at least 21 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $34.55.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Alton to Joliet will cost between $26 and $66. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly average prices

Mark your calendar for January if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Alton to Joliet. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $30. If you're planning a trip from Alton to Joliet during July, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $43 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches


If you're looking to save on your train trip from Alton to Joliet, book online with Wanderu at least 21 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $34.55 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Alton to Joliet?

There are 3 train lines with service from Alton to Joliet. Amtrak Lincoln Service is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 3 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13h 7m$47.22
Amtrak Lincoln Service33h 13m$40.00
Amtrak Texas Eagle13h 53m$57.89
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 1 Amtrak trains from Alton to Joliet every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $24.

  • Amtrak Lincoln Service is part of Amtrak's Illinois Service, providing rail transportation throughout Illinois. The Lincoln Service travels 284 miles between St. Louis and Chicago with nine intermediate stops. Amtrak Lincoln trains offer WiFi connectivity, power outlets, business class seating, and a cafe car to ensure passengers have the most comfortable journey possible.

  • Amtrak Texas Eagle train tickets from Alton to Joliet start from $36, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Texas Eagle schedules to Joliet. Amtrak Texas Eagle in Alton leaves from Multi-Modal Transportation Center . And in Joliet trains arrive at Gateway Center .

    From Alton to Joliet train travel on Amtrak Texas Eagle takes 3 hours and 53 minutes. If you are looking to get to Joliet faster, Amtrak Texas Eagle offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 7 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Texas Eagle offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Joliet.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Alton and Joliet is approximately 213 miles, or 343 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 21 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 7 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.

Trains departing from Alton to Joliet tend to have the most passengers on Tuesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Tuesday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Saturday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

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.

There are 5 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Alton to Joliet.

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

City Information


Joliet, IL, US - JOL-0

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Joliet is the third-largest city in Illinois and a suburb about 35 miles outside of Chicago. Most striking in Joliet is its limestone architecture, which you can see in the 40-room Jacob Henry Mansion and Post Office, built in 1876 and 1903, respectively. The Rialto Square Theatre is another historic building where many musicals, concerts, and comedy shows perform each week. Aside from its history, Joliet has gorgeous natural spaces, including the Forest Preserve District, perfect for fishing and hiking, and the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, where 27 protected bison live.

Roll the dice at the Hollywood Casino and Hotel for an epic night out in Joliet. If you prefer to fill your stomach instead of emptying your wallet, choose from several on-site dining options in the hotel. Downtown Joliet is also known for its culinary opportunities, from fine dining at Juliet's Tavern to quick bites at Joliet Route 66 Diner.

Amtrak's Lincoln Service from St. Louis and the Texas Eagle from San Antonio stop in Joliet on their routes to Chicago. The quick trip to Chicago makes it easy to connect to many of Amtrak's other train lines, plus additional bus routes beyond the ones offered by Tornado Bus and El Expreso Bus directly to Joliet.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Alton?

Main departure station: Multi-Modal Transportation Center

There is one train station in Alton.

All train stations in Alton:

  • Multi-Modal Transportation Center

Where is the train station in Joliet?

Main arrival station: Gateway Center

Joliet has one train station.

All train stations in Joliet:

  • Gateway Center

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