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Alton - St Louis Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 5 daily train trips between Alton and St Louis. The average train journey from Alton to St Louis takes 51 minutes, but some Amtrak Lincoln Service train trips are as short as 45 minutes.

Distance18 mi (29 km)
Fastest train0h 45m
Lowest price$5.00
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lincoln Service
Train lines3

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

The average price for a train ticket from Alton to St Louis is $6.14, This is one of the best deals we’ve seen for train fares recently. By booking your trip at least 27 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay $2.49 more.

Monthly avg. prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Alton to St Louis stay pretty consistent throughout the year. You can expect to pay around $5 regardless of when you plan to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The price of train trips from Alton to St Louis doesn't fluctuate much throughout the year, so you don’t need to book your tickets super far in advance. However, to avoid last-minute price surges or sold-out tickets, we recommend purchasing your train tickets at least 48 hours before departure.

Which train should you take from Alton to St Louis?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak10h 53m$8.24
Amtrak Lincoln Service30h 47m$6.25
Amtrak Texas Eagle10h 59m$10.71
  • 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 St Louis every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $5.

  • 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 St Louis start from $7, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Texas Eagle schedules to St Louis. Amtrak Texas Eagle in Alton leaves from Multi-Modal Transportation Center . And in St Louis trains arrive at Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St .

    From Alton to St Louis train travel on Amtrak Texas Eagle takes 0 hours and 59 minutes. If you are looking to get to St Louis faster, Amtrak Texas Eagle offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 45 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to St Louis on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Texas Eagle scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Alton.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Alton and St Louis is approximately 18 miles, or 29 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 51 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 45 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to St Louis.

Trains from Alton to St Louis 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 Tuesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Alton at 11:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 St Louis.

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

City Information

St Louis

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St. Louis, MO - STL-1

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St. Louis is one of several major cities in the state of Missouri and it is uniquely located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The city is usually recognized by its most distinctive feature, the Gateway Arch, thanks to which it is the only city in the United States that has a national park in the heart of its downtown district. The Arch is a must-see attraction and you can even take a tram to the top for some incredible views of the St. Louis skyline.

Some of the other truly unique attractions you can visit while you’re in town include the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis where you can check out an incredible collection of dolls, dollhouses and vignettes, and the City Museum where you can ride down a 10-story spiral slide (yup, you read that right.) For a great outdoor experience, stop by the gorgeous Missouri Botanical Garden, and then take a stroll through Citygarden where you will find various quirky statues and installations worthy of being featured in your Instagram feed.

Ale enthusiasts would be excited to know that St. Louis is one of the best craft beer cities in the U.S. as well as one of the cheapest drinking cities. That means your party budget could take you a long way. Unsurprisingly, the city is also among the best spring break destinations on a budget.

The main bus and train station in St. Louis, Gateway Station, is located right in the center of downtown, not far from the Gateway Arch, which makes coming in and out of the city a breeze.

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 St Louis?

Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St - STLAMT-0

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Main arrival station: Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

Gateway Station opened in 2008 to consolidate St Louis’ transportation services into one central hub. The station’s award-winning design includes a pedestrian walkway with expansive colored glass windows overlooking the train tracks. Perfectly located in the heart of downtown St Louis, the station is surrounded by bars, restaurants, and hotels and is just a few blocks from Busch Stadium and the iconic Gateway Arch. Amenities inside the station include free Wifi, a food court, and a lounge for Amtrak’s First Class passengers. Gateway Station is a major stop for intercity bus service, several Amtrak train lines, and the city’s MetroLink which can connect you with the St Louis Lambert International Airport in just 30 minutes.

All train stations in St Louis:

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

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