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Carbondale-Champaign Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Carbondale to Champaign?

Lowest Price$12.00
Fastest Train2h 44m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Carbondale to Champaign 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. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep 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.

What is the price of a train ticket from Carbondale to Champaign?

In the last month, $12.65 was the average price of a train ticket from Carbondale, IL to Champaign, IL. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $13.00 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Carbondale to Champaign?

The distance between Carbondale and Champaign is approximately 173 miles, or 279 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 45 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 44 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Carbondale to Champaign 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?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Carbondale at 3:00am and arrives in Champaign around 2 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Carbondale to Champaign?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Champaign with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Champaign to Carbondale. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Carbondale to Champaign for $19.00.

Which train should you take from Carbondale to Champaign?

2 train services operate from Carbondale, Illinois to Champaign, Illinois. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak City of New Orleans12h 49m$16.28
Amtrak Saluki12h 44m$15.48

Where is the train station in Carbondale?

There is one train station in Carbondale:

  • 401 S Illinois Ave

Where is the train station in Champaign?

Champaign has one train station:

  • Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave

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