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Chicago to Los Angeles train - cost & duration

Cheapest price$143.00
Shortest Duration43h 0m
Trips per day9
train carriers3
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How to book cheap Chicago to Los Angeles train tickets?

The best way to get deals on train tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles is by booking earlier. Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average train fares from Chicago to Los Angeles were $197.65. By booking 10 days out, tickets are on average $36.00 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

What is the busiest time to travel by train from Chicago to Los Angeles?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Chicago to Los Angeles by train is at 2:00 PM on Tuesday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out. Around 1:00 PM on Monday is when the fewest number of train tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, the train departing at this time is the least likely to be crowded.

Amtrak from Chicago to Los Angeles has the most daily schedules

On average there are 9 train trips per day. Amtrak has the most options for departures from Chicago to Los Angeles, with an average of 7 trips per day and 144 monthly trips. 3 train carriers currently travel from Chicago to Los Angeles. Of the 9 trips there is 1 trip that is a direct route with no transfers.

Need more travel options? Traveling by Bus from Chicago to Los Angeles starts at $105.00.

3 carriers offer Chicago to Los Angeles train trips

Amtrak

Book Amtrak from Chicago to Los Angeles from $143.00. There are 7 Amtrak schedules from Chicago to Los Angeles and you can expect on average to pay $247.70 for a Amtrak ticket to Los Angeles. In Chicago, Amtrak departs to Los Angeles from Union Station - 225 S Canal St and no other station. In Los Angeles, Amtrak arrives at Union Station and 2 other stations.

An average trip on Amtrak from Chicago to Los Angeles takes 65 hours and 16 minutes, while the fastest available Amtrak trip will get you to Los Angeles in 43 hours and 0 minutes,

On weekends, Amtrak offers 7 trips per day and you could expect to pay $253.12 for a weekend getaway trip to Los Angeles.

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Avg. Time
17h 16m
Avg. Price
$247.70

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Book Amtrak Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles from $143.00. There are 1 Amtrak Southwest Chief schedules from Chicago to Los Angeles and you can expect on average to pay $170.89 for a Amtrak Southwest Chief ticket to Los Angeles. In Chicago, Amtrak Southwest Chief departs to Los Angeles from Union Station - 225 S Canal St and no other station. In Los Angeles, Amtrak Southwest Chief arrives at Union Station and no other station.

An average trip on Amtrak Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles takes 43 hours and 11 minutes, while the fastest available Amtrak Southwest Chief trip will get you to Los Angeles in 43 hours and 0 minutes,

On weekends, Amtrak Southwest Chief offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $173.67 for a weekend getaway trip to Los Angeles.

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Avg. Time
19h 11m
Avg. Price
$170.89

Amtrak Texas Eagle

Book Amtrak Texas Eagle from Chicago to Los Angeles from $143.00. There are 3 Amtrak Texas Eagle schedules from Chicago to Los Angeles and you can expect on average to pay $173.64 for a Amtrak Texas Eagle ticket to Los Angeles. In Chicago, Amtrak Texas Eagle departs to Los Angeles from Union Station - 225 S Canal St and no other station. In Los Angeles, Amtrak Texas Eagle arrives at Union Station and no other station.

An average trip on Amtrak Texas Eagle from Chicago to Los Angeles takes 67 hours and 36 minutes, while the fastest available Amtrak Texas Eagle trip will get you to Los Angeles in 43 hours and 0 minutes,

On weekends, Amtrak Texas Eagle offers 3 trips per day and you could expect to pay $212.41 for a weekend getaway trip to Los Angeles.

Air conditioning
Restroom
Extra legroom
Loyalty rewards
Power outlet
Snacks
Avg. Time
19h 36m
Avg. Price
$173.64

Plan your next adventure:

Depending on the train line you travel with, your options include one station that has train departures from Chicago. Most train trips to Los Angeles will depart from Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
Train trips arrive in Los Angeles at 3 stations, depending on which train line you are traveling with. Union Station, Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd, Catalina Express Terminal are the main train stations in Los Angeles for trips arriving from Chicago.
  • Union Station
  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • Catalina Express Terminal