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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Champaign to Chicago. Traveling by train from Champaign to Chicago usually takes around 2 hours and 52 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Illini Service train can make the trip in 2 hours and 46 minutes.

Distance126 mi (203 km)
Fastest train2h 46m
Lowest price$14.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak City of New Orleans
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Champaign, IL to Chicago, IL

(Based on 18 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Robert

July 5, 2021 - Couples trip

Amtrak Saluki

Pros: Plenty of leg room. Train was pretty full but was still able to find an open seat. Cons: Wifi always seems to be an issue on these trips, especially when is full. Tips: Na.

Pros: Plenty of leg room. Train was pretty full but was still able to find an open seat. Cons: Wifi always seems to be an issue on these trips, especially when is full. Tips: Na.

5.0

Thomas

June 30, 2021 - Visiting family

Amtrak Saluki

Pros: Highly recommend - very easy ride from Champaign to Chicago, seat are very spacious and comfortable. Also way more affordable Than flying!! Tips: Book in advance for even cheaper seats!

Pros: Highly recommend - very easy ride from Champaign to Chicago, seat are very spacious and comfortable. Also way more affordable Than flying!! Tips: Book in advance for even cheaper seats!

5.0

Wiek

June 26, 2021 - Business

Amtrak Saluki

Pros: Relax and sit back no traffic concerns. Cons: Put on a Fast Train or Bullet Train, Many modern nation in the world have some even China build one. Stop politicized just build one. Tips: Perhaps in future.

Pros: Relax and sit back no traffic concerns. Cons: Put on a Fast Train or Bullet Train, Many modern nation in the world have some even China build one. Stop politicized just build one. Tips: Perhaps in future.

5.0

LaTanya

June 2, 2021 - Solo travel

Amtrak Saluki

Pros: I had enough leg room Quiet if you want liquor beer a little expensive overall I enjoyed your trip. Cons: Make more room for lower level wider disability even going upstairs if you need more room to narrow for luggage. Tips: Yeah bring on luggage make small as po...

Pros: I had enough leg room Quiet if you want liquor beer a little expensive overall I enjoyed your trip. Cons: Make more room for lower level wider disability even going upstairs if you need more room to narrow for luggage. Tips: Yeah bring on luggage make small as possible if you’re upstairs very narrow stairway to get up check in early and if you have a barcode just go sit down you don’t have to even worry about getting it at a Pacific time just before you post the dock 30 minutes.

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5.0

Irene

January 22, 2021 - Business

Amtrak Saluki

Pros: Convenient and very accommodating Amtrak staff at Champaign. First time those with disabilities were recognized and provided first place in lines to board the train!!!! Cons: More frequent early am trains. Tips: Wanderu is a very convenient and dependable source...

Pros: Convenient and very accommodating Amtrak staff at Champaign. First time those with disabilities were recognized and provided first place in lines to board the train!!!! Cons: More frequent early am trains. Tips: Wanderu is a very convenient and dependable source for travel.

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Champaign to Chicago Route Map

Champaign Chicago

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

In the last month, $15.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Champaign, IL to Chicago, 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 20 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $5.89 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10SepSep

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Chicago from Champaign is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about $15 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Champaign to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $15 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Champaign to Chicago in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $29 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 20 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Chicago from Champaign will be about $5.89 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Champaign to Chicago?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak City of New Orleans13h 6m$18.45
Amtrak Illini Service12h 46m$16.03
Amtrak Saluki12h 47m$16.65

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Champaign to Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Champaign to Chicago?

The distance between Champaign and Chicago is approximately 126 miles, or 203 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 52 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 46 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 Champaign to Chicago 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 Sunday 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 Champaign at 6:00am 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.

Is there a direct train from Champaign to Chicago?

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Champaign to Chicago.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Champaign. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Champaign to Chicago for $17.00.

City Information

Chicago

Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Champaign?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Champaign.

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Arrival stations

The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

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