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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Alton?

Lowest Price$23.00
Fastest Train4h 30m
Trains Per Day3
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Alton 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.

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

In the last month, $23.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Alton, IL. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 17 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $17.66 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Alton?

The distance between Chicago and Alton is approximately 246 miles, or 396 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 31 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 30 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 Alton are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Sunday 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 9:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 Alton?

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Chicago to Alton.

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

Which train should you take from Chicago to Alton?

2 train services operate from Chicago, Illinois to Alton, Illinois. Amtrak Lincoln Service usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Lincoln Service24h 31m$24.43
Amtrak Texas Eagle14h 32m$24.78

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 Alton?

Alton has one train station:

  • Multi-Modal Transportation Center

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to Alton, IL
Based on 6 ratings and reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Lincoln Service report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 75 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
February 21, 2020Vacation
It was my first experience with the Amtrack and I would certainly ride again. Seats were comfortable and spacious, the staff was nice and accommodating, and the overall travel experience was easy. 10/10 would recommend!
One car I was in at the beginning of my ride was extremely warm and not very comfortable but we ended up being able to move. WiFi was also a little spotty but overall did pretty well.
January 27, 2020Vacation
Not having to drive
Not right now
December 31, 2019Visiting family
I was able to relax and even caught some sleep for about a half hour.

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