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Other ways to get from Chicago to Denver

There are usually 3 daily bus trips available from Chicago to Denver.

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Avg. Price
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$213.28
Avg. Price
$267.81
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Trip Summary

2 trains operate daily from Chicago to Denver. The train trip from Chicago to Denver is usually about 22 hours and 2 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak California Zephyr train can get you there in as little as 18 hours and 56 minutes.

Distance918 mi (1478 km)
Fastest train18h 56m
Lowest price$113.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak California Zephyr
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Chicago to Denver

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Dontavian

April 3, 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Everything. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Nothing.

5.0

Derrick

March 22, 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak California Zephyr

Seat room

5.0

Renee

September 20, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: My first train travel experience and I loved it! Amtrack’s staff and their service is exceptional. A wonderful surprise. Cons: Not much except Wi-Fi would be nice. But, I used my iPhone hotspot which was fine. The electrical outlets worked so there was no issue with charging my iPad and phone. It would be nice if outlets were placed individually nearer to each seat. Tips: Book early if you want a sleeping car bedroom or berth.

5.0

Judith

December 28, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Best part of my trip was just to relax. The crew was professional as always. I felt safe. Had lots of room in the new seats! Cons: I cant think of anything right now. Tips: Plan on relaxing and have a good attitude. Bring a small blanket and pillow and snacks. Headphones to listen to books and music. Please dont talk loud on your cell phone.

5.0

Sylvia

August 26, 2021

Amtrak California Zephyr

Everything went well!

What is the price of a train ticket from Chicago to Denver?

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Denver was $182.34. This is somewhat expensive compared to other train fares, but it makes sense given the route’s long distance. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 26 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $184.24 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Average prices by travel date

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The average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Denver is expected to fluctuate between $156 and $406 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Denver in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Chicago is $193.

Monthly avg. prices

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Mark your calendar for April if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Chicago to Denver. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $127. If you're planning a trip from Chicago to Denver during June, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $239 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

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By booking your train trip from Chicago to Denver on Wanderu at least 26 days ahead of time, you can save about $184.24 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Chicago to Denver?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Denver. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak11d 1h 16m$229.86
Amtrak California Zephyr118h 56m$282.91
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 1 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Denver every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $150.

  • Amtrak California Zephyr is one of the longest train routes in the United States, spanning from Chicago to Emeryville. With views of the Colorado and Mississippi rivers, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the Rockies, it highlights some of the most stunning views the US has.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Chicago and Denver is approximately 918 miles, or 1478 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 22 hours and 2 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 18 hours and 56 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.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Chicago to Denver on Monday. Tickets for Monday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Tuesday. Tuesday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Chicago at 7:00am 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.

Trains leave the station in Chicago twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Denver faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Denver to Chicago.

City Information

Chicago

Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials and a top destination in Illinois.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.

Denver

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Denver is the capital of Colorado, as well as the most populous city in the state. With buildings dating back to the 19th century, Denver is considered one of the most exemplary cities of the Old West era in the United States.

Denver’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains makes it a preferred destination for young travelers seeking the thrill of the slopes during the day and the vibrant nightlife activities only an urban setting can provide. In fact, Denver is among the biggest party cities in the U.S. and one of the craft beer capitals in the country. In addition, thanks to the diverse local crowd, Denver’s restaurant scene offers top-notch options from various world cuisines.

If you’re looking for a more quiet time during your stay, head to one of the many unique museums in town such as the Denver Art Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Arts, or the Molly Brown House Museum. Craving a feast to the eyes and some fresh air? Check out the spectacular Denver Botanic Gardens.

As the biggest city in the Mountain states and a top Colorado destination, Denver is a busy travel hub. Even though the Denver airport is on the city’s outskirts, it is still easily accessible. If you are traveling to Denver by bus or train, you’ll be conveniently dropped off at Union Station in the heart of downtown Denver from where you can easily get anywhere in the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

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Main departure station: Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

Where is the train station in Denver?

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Main arrival station: Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street

Denver’s Union Station first opened in 1881, and houses some of the city’s best shops, bars, and restaurants, making it a popular destination for locals and travelers alike. There is even a seasonal farmers market at the station! But first and foremost, Union Station is the primary transport hub for Denver. The station is served by Amtrak trains, and intercity buses operated by Greyhound, Burlington Trailways, Jefferson Lines and Express Arrow. From Union Station, travelers can also easily access Denver International Airport on the A Line commuter rail.

All train stations in Denver:

  • Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street

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