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Carbondale-Chicago Train Schedule

Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Carbondale to Chicago?

Lowest Price$31.00
Fastest Train5h 30m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Carbondale 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. 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Carbondale to Chicago?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Carbondale to Chicago. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

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

In the last month, $36.78 was the average price of a train ticket from Carbondale, IL to Chicago, IL. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 26 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $22.15 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Carbondale to Chicago?

The distance between Carbondale and Chicago is approximately 299 miles, or 481 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 40 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 30 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 Carbondale 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 Carbondale at 3:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00am. 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 Carbondale to Chicago?

Trains leave the station in Carbondale twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Chicago with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Carbondale. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Carbondale to Chicago for $25.00.

Which train should you take from Carbondale to Chicago?

There are 3 train lines with service from Carbondale, Illinois to Chicago, Illinois. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak19h 32m$61.59
Amtrak City of New Orleans15h 59m$37.12
Amtrak Saluki15h 30m$41.21

Where is the train station in Carbondale?

There is one train station in Carbondale:

  • 401 S Illinois Ave

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Price trends for trains from Carbondale to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20OctNov

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Carbondale, IL to Chicago, IL
4.8
Based on 8 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak City of New Orleans report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
4.0

Based on 3 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Illini Service report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
4.3
Value
3.7
Condition
4.3
Garry
5.0
November 4, 2019Solo travel
Pros
The driver was very friendly and sociable.
Susan
4.0
September 20, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Scenery
Cons
Bathroom smelled very bad!
Hayley
5.0
August 18, 2019Visiting family
Pros
I liked how easy it was to book a ticket and how spacious the train was. I also appreciated the different time frames I could book back to my destination.
Cons
Not sure. Seemed very easy and convenient to book a ticket. Prices seem the same as booking directly through Amtrak, though.

Based on 4 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Saluki report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 75 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.3
Staff
4.5
Value
4.5
Condition
4.8
Kenneth
5.0
February 22, 2020Visiting family
Pros
not having to drive
Cons
nothing
Linda
5.0
September 19, 2019Couples trip
Cons
The seat backs could lean back more so one can recline to promote better rest and relieve back discomfort in older adults
Tips
Pack light so you can easily lift luggage onto overhead racks
David
5.0
August 6, 2019Vacation
Pros
It was a safe and quiet trip.
Cons
Nothing.
Pat
5.0
June 6, 2019Vacation
Pros
Conductor was very pleasant and helpful. Smooth trip. No complaints..
Cons
Unaware I had to pay for parking at Amtrak station in Carbondale. Received $14.00 parking fees/violations.

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