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Chicago - Macomb Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

2 trains operate daily from Chicago to Macomb. The train trip from Chicago to Macomb is usually about 3 hours and 27 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Carl Sandburg train can get you there in as little as 3 hours and 24 minutes.

Distance186 mi (300 km)
Fastest train3h 24m
Lowest price$18.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Carl Sandburg
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Chicago to Macomb

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)




April 23, 2024- Visiting friends

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: good. Cons: 👌. Tips: no.



March 5, 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: As expected. I have used Amtrak for this route many times. Am very pleased with the upgrade to some carriages. Would suggest seats that can recline, though these were pretty comfortable. If the dining car had been open, I would have used it. Was pleased that some travelers were allowed to bring a dog (not a service animal) on board. Really enjoyed that. I also noticed that the announcements during travel were much clearer and at good volume (I do NOT have a hearing impairment). Cons: Keep up the good work and continue making it better across all trains and trips. Tips: Please respect the cleanliness and noise guidelines. Makes the trip better for everyone.



January 19, 2024- Visiting friends

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: OK. Cons: good. Tips: OK.



September 11, 2023- Regular commuter

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: Good. Cons: No reference. Tips: Not.


Nana Kwadwo

December 6, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

Pros: The car attendant was nice and very helpful. Cons: The ticket could include a snack and drink. Tips: Very efficient and economical means of transportation really. Will recommend to anybody.

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

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Chicago to Macomb was $23.14. This is a fantastic deal for train travel. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Macomb if you book your train tickets at least 24 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $8.62.

Monthly average prices

Ticket prices for the train from Chicago to Macomb often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in April when the average ticket price is only $29. If you're thinking of traveling from Chicago to Macomb during November, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $39 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in November, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


If you're looking to save on your train trip from Chicago to Macomb, book online with Wanderu at least 24 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $8.62 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Macomb?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Carl Sandburg13h 24m$25.31
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr13h 29m$30.26
  • The Amtrak Carl Sandburg, named after the Pulitzer-winning author, is a sister service to the Illinois Zephyr. Both operate daily services between Chicago and Quincy with additional stops in Naperville and Kewanee. Whether you buy a coach class or business class ticket, you'll have plenty of legroom and complimentary WiFi, plus access to refreshments at the onboard cafe.

  • The Illinois Zephyr is a passenger train operated by Amtrak, running between Quincy and Chicago. Taking the train from Chicago to Macomb is a comfortable option, and tickets on this route cost on average. The Illinois Zephyr and its sister train, the Carl Sandburg, serve one of Amtrak's most popular lines. The train features amenities such as airline-style coach seating, a cafe on board, power outlets, restrooms, and Wi-Fi.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Chicago and Macomb is approximately 186 miles, or 300 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 27 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 24 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.

Sunday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Chicago to Macomb. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Sunday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Wednesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Chicago at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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. Luckily, both trains will get you to Macomb with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

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

City Information


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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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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 Macomb?

Main arrival station: 120 E Calhoun St

Macomb has one train station.

All train stations in Macomb:

  • 120 E Calhoun St

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