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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Springfield?

Lowest Price$19.00
Fastest Train3h 21m
Trains Per Day3
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

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

In the last month, $19.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Springfield, 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 $14.31 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Springfield?

The distance between Chicago and Springfield is approximately 179 miles, or 288 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 23 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 21 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 Springfield 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 Springfield?

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

You can also take a train for your return trip from Springfield to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Springfield for $23.00.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Springfield?

2 train services operate from Chicago, Illinois to Springfield, 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 Service23h 22m$20.82
Amtrak Texas Eagle13h 25m$21.57

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 Springfield?

Springfield has one train station:

  • 100 N Third St

Price trends for trains from Chicago to Springfield

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10SepOct

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

$50$40$30$20$103020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to Springfield, IL
4.7
Based on 7 ratings and reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Lincoln Service report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 83 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.8
Staff
3.8
Value
4.0
Condition
4.2
Carolyn
5.0
August 13, 2019Visiting family
Pros
It was a smooth ride and relaxing.
Cons
The seat didn’t have the best support on my back.
Tips
Make sure you have all your belongings as get off the train. (I left a book in the netted pocket)
Lakesha
5.0
August 6, 2019Solo travel
Pros
Very affordable and easy to plan online no paper
Cons
The staff was cruel and rude in Springfield had to refund my ticket because I bought an appliance while visiting Springfield
Tips
None
Sherrel
4.0
June 27, 2019Visiting family
Pros
It left on time and arrived on time
Cons
The bathroom could be cleaner !
Tips
N/A
Hafiz
5.0
June 22, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
It was nice.
Cons
It is good
Tips
Great advice for other travelers to take Amtrack
Paula
5.0
May 24, 2019Business
Pros
I love that I can take a train to Chicago for my business and then I don’t have it. I can work as I’m riding.
Cons
Maybe clean it
Tips
Sit back and enjoy the scenery and relax you are in good hands with Amtrak!

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Texas Eagle report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
5.0
Value
1.0
Condition
5.0

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