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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Carbondale?

Lowest Price$31.00
Fastest Train5h 16m
Trains Per Day5
Train Lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

In the last month, $48.32 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Carbondale, IL. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 16 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $24.92 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Carbondale?

The distance between Chicago and Carbondale is approximately 299 miles, or 481 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 36 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 16 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 Carbondale 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 9:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. 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 Carbondale?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Carbondale. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Carbondale to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Carbondale for $30.00.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Carbondale?

There are 3 train lines with service from Chicago, Illinois to Carbondale, Illinois. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 3 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak313h 44m$61.72
Amtrak City of New Orleans15h 16m$31.99
Amtrak Illini Service15h 30m$35.42

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 Carbondale?

Carbondale has one train station:

  • 401 S Illinois Ave

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to Carbondale, IL
Based on 7 ratings and reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Illini Service report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
June 28, 2019Visiting family
June 9, 2019Vacation
Train ride very pleasant.. I ended up with 2 parking tickets for Carbondale Amtrak station;; when I took the train before there were no fees for parking in the lot. Staff on the trains were helpful and pleasant.
Make sure patrons know there is a fee for parking in the lot at Carbondale Amtrak station. Also, on the way back from Chicago there was no water in the restrooms to wash our hands; train staff stated "someone didn't fill the tanks" so we couldn't use the sinks on our re...More
A man behind us was very upset that he couldn't "save" the seat he said was for his wife, who DIDN'T end up going on the trip. The train was full both to Chicago and back to Carbondale. I verified with train personell that he and his male friend (who said the same thing...More

Based on 5 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Saluki report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
December 7, 2019Solo travel
smooth... comfortable... able to relax, great views, read, free wifi... way better than travel in car or airplane
food cart was just ok and the women running it was not very friendly or helpful... it seemed like she was having a bad day
September 18, 2019Visiting friends
Nice ride.
Time, but sometimes not under train control
Bring food
July 14, 2019Vacation
Loved not having to drive while in Chicago.

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