Cheap Chicago to Oakland  train tickets

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How much are Chicago to Oakland train tickets?

Lowest Price$142.50
Fastest53h 24m
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How to find cheap train tickets from Chicago to Oakland ?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Chicago to Oakland is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Chicago to Oakland was $181.00. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 25 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $189.50 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Oakland ? How far is Chicago to Oakland ?

The distance between Chicago to Oakland is 1847.47 miles or 2972.47 km. A train trip from Chicago to Oakland typically takes 59 hours and 27 minutes. If you are looking to get to Oakland faster, the fastest advertised duration is offered by Amtrak. The fastest train trip covers the distance in 53 hours and 24 minutes to get from Chicago to Oakland.

Going from Chicago to Oakland by train takes over 59 hours to reach your destination. For a lengthy train journey we recommend you pack a great book, or download a few movies to have them available offline just in case you are outside of a service coverage area. Don't forget to bring some water and a battery pack to keep all of your electronics charged.

On Thursday trains from Chicago to Oakland are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Monday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

Amtrak has the most connections between Chicago to Oakland

Typically there are 8 schedules to compare for your trip to Oakland. One train carrier operates regular service on the Chicago to Oakland route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between Chicago to Oakland, usually offering 8 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from Chicago to Oakland, you will need to disembark from the first train and board a connecting train. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may be responsible for transferring your own checked luggage, but you will definitely need to bring your hand luggage.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Chicago to Oakland, which start at $205.00.

One train carrier connects Chicago to Oakland

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to Oakland start from $142.50, and on average cost $236.93. Daily there are 8 Amtrak schedules to Oakland. Amtrak in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Oakland trains arrive at 245 Second St and one other train station.

From Chicago to Oakland train travel on Amtrak takes 59 hours and 28 minutes. If you are looking to get to Oakland faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 53 hours and 24 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 8 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $236.61 for a one-way train ticket to Oakland.

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Avg. Time
2d 11h 28m
Avg. Price
$236.93

Plan your next adventure:

There is one train station from which trains depart Chicago on their way to Oakland. The busiest departure station in Chicago serving this route is Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
There are 2 different stations where trains arrive to in Oakland. You can review and use the directions feature on Wanderu to see which station is closest to your final destination., The busiest departure station in Chicago serving this route is 245 Second St, Across San Leandro Blvd from BART station - 700 73rd Ave.
  • 245 Second St
  • Across San Leandro Blvd from BART station - 700 73rd Ave