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Chicago to Santa Cruz train - cost & duration

Cheapest price$179.25
Shortest Duration55h 0m
Trips per day3
train carriers1
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How to book cheap Chicago to Santa Cruz train tickets?

The best way to get deals on train tickets from Chicago to Santa Cruz is by booking earlier. Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average train fares from Chicago to Santa Cruz were $201.42. By booking 18 days out, tickets are on average $54.75 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

What is the busiest time to travel by train from Chicago to Santa Cruz?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Chicago to Santa Cruz by train is at 2:00 PM on Friday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out. Around 1:00 PM on Wednesday 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 Santa Cruz has the most daily schedules

On average there are 3 train trips per day. Amtrak has the most options for departures from Chicago to Santa Cruz, with an average of 3 trips per day and 11 monthly trips. One train carrier currently travels from Chicago to Santa Cruz. Of the 3 trips there are 0 trips that are direct routes with no transfers.

1 carriers offer Chicago to Santa Cruz train trips

Amtrak

Book Amtrak from Chicago to Santa Cruz from $179.25. There are 3 Amtrak schedules from Chicago to Santa Cruz and you can expect on average to pay $258.34 for a Amtrak ticket to Santa Cruz. In Chicago, Amtrak departs to Santa Cruz from Union Station - 225 S Canal St and no other station. In Santa Cruz, Amtrak arrives at Metro Center 920 Pacific Ave and no other station.

An average trip on Amtrak from Chicago to Santa Cruz takes 61 hours and 46 minutes, while the fastest available Amtrak trip will get you to Santa Cruz in 55 hours and 0 minutes,

On weekends, Amtrak offers 3 trips per day and you could expect to pay $272.31 for a weekend getaway trip to Santa Cruz.

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Avg. Time
13h 46m
Avg. Price
$258.34

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 Santa Cruz will depart from Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
Train trips arrive in Santa Cruz at 1 stations, depending on which train line you are traveling with. Metro Center 920 Pacific Ave are the main train stations in Santa Cruz for trips arriving from Chicago.
  • Metro Center 920 Pacific Ave