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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Oakland?

Lowest Price$143.50
Fastest Train53h 24m
Trains Per Day5
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Oakland 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 Chicago to Oakland?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Chicago to Oakland. 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 Chicago to Oakland?

In the last month, $195.97 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Oakland, CA. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $85.82 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Oakland?

The distance between Chicago and Oakland is approximately 1846 miles, or 2972 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 65 hours and 50 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 53 hours and 24 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 Chicago to Oakland 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 Thursday 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 Chicago at 1:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 2:00pm. 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 Chicago to Oakland?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Oakland to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Oakland for $264.00.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Oakland?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Chicago, Illinois to Oakland, California. However, there are 5 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak52d 17h 50m$215.64

Where is the train station in Chicago?

There is one train station in Chicago:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Where is the train station in Oakland?

Oakland receives travelers from Chicago at its two active train stations:

  • 245 Second St
  • Across San Leandro Blvd from BART station - 700 73rd Ave

Price trends for trains from Chicago to Oakland

Average prices by travel date

$300$200$100OctNov

Monthly average prices

$275$220$165$110$55NDJFMAMJJASO

Prices as travel date approaches

$275$220$165$110$553020100

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