Cheap train tickets fromChicago to Los Angeles

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traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles by train

Cheapest price$142.00
Shortest Duration43h 10m
Trips per day9
train carriers3
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How can I get the cheapest train ticket from Chicago to Los Angeles?

The best way to get the cheapest 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 $206.41. By booking 10 days out, tickets are on average $35.00 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

What is the busiest time to travel 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 Wednesday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out. Around 3:00 PM on Friday 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.

How many daily train trips are there from Chicago to Los Angeles?

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 154 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? Bus options from Chicago start at $103.00.

train lines that run from Chicago to Los Angeles

Amtrak Texas Eagle

Amtrak Texas Eagle operates, on average, 1 train schedule(s) from Chicago to Los Angeles. The average Amtrak Texas Eagle ticket to Los Angeles costs $194.28. Cheap Amtrak Texas Eagle tickets to Los Angeles are available on Wanderu starting from $142.00. In Chicago, Amtrak Texas Eagle departs 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 65 hours and 50 minutes, while the fastest available Amtrak Texas Eagle trip will get you to Los Angeles in 43 hours and 10 minutes,

On weekends, Amtrak Texas Eagle offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $186.57 for a weekend getaway trip to Los Angeles.

Amtrak Texas Eagle
Amtrak Texas Eagle
Air conditioning
Restroom
Extra legroom
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Avg. Time
65h 50m
Avg. Price
$194.28

Amtrak Southwest Chief

Amtrak Southwest Chief operates, on average, 1 train schedule(s) from Chicago to Los Angeles. The average Amtrak Southwest Chief ticket to Los Angeles costs $193.83. Cheap Amtrak Southwest Chief tickets to Los Angeles are available on Wanderu starting from $142.00. In Chicago, Amtrak Southwest Chief departs 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 10 minutes,

On weekends, Amtrak Southwest Chief offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $188.62 for a weekend getaway trip to Los Angeles.

Amtrak Southwest Chief
Amtrak Southwest Chief
Air conditioning
Restroom
Extra legroom
Loyalty rewards
Power outlet
Snacks
Avg. Time
43h 11m
Avg. Price
$193.83

Amtrak

Amtrak operates, on average, 7 train schedule(s) from Chicago to Los Angeles. The average Amtrak ticket to Los Angeles costs $261.11. Cheap Amtrak tickets to Los Angeles are available on Wanderu starting from $142.00. In Chicago, Amtrak departs 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 15 minutes, while the fastest available Amtrak trip will get you to Los Angeles in 43 hours and 10 minutes,

On weekends, Amtrak offers 7 trips per day and you could expect to pay $263.60 for a weekend getaway trip to Los Angeles.

Amtrak
Amtrak
Air conditioning
Restroom
Extra legroom
Loyalty rewards
Power outlet
Snacks
WiFi
Avg. Time
65h 15m
Avg. Price
$261.11

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