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Chicago - Elkhart Train Schedule

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Other ways to get from Chicago to Elkhart

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Trip Summary

There are usually 3 daily train trips available from Chicago to Elkhart. Traveling by train from Chicago to Elkhart usually takes one hour and 52 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Limited train can make the trip in one hour and 49 minutes.

Distance86 mi (139 km)
Fastest train1h 49m
Lowest price$20.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lake Shore Limited
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Chicago to Elkhart

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)




December 31, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Smooth ride comfortable. But I was at the last seat and the doors kept opening. Tips: Don't sit in the last seat where the doors open at sleep!



August 9, 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Pros: In our car was a person who became very belligerent when another passenger asked him to turn down the music he was playing and to use earplugs. He was loud, swearing, telling the person (a family member of me) to wear earplugs himself, to go to sleep, etc. He demanded to know my relative's name. I quietly got up and went to search for a staff member. When I met the person who had greeted us as we boarded the train, I reported the troubling language. She told me that she had confronted this person, and that he would be removed from the train. I was impressed by the concern for us passengers' safety. Cons: I prefer to pay cash for a cup of coffee to the current policy to put $3.00 on my credit card.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Chicago and Elkhart cost $34.52, on average. This price makes taking the train a budget-friendly option to get to Elkhart. Booking your trip at least 24 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $105.08 more.

Average prices by travel date


The average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Elkhart is expected to fluctuate between $33 and $41 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Elkhart in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Chicago is $35.

Monthly avg. prices

You can find the lowest prices on this route during February. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Chicago to Elkhart, with the average price at just $23. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in October, when the average price goes up to $82. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


If you're looking to save on your train trip from Chicago to Elkhart, book online with Wanderu at least 24 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $105.08 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Elkhart?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Elkhart. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited 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 Capitol Limited11h 49m$61.05
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited21h 54m$33.66
  • Passing through seven states, 16 cities, and various National Parks, Amtrak Capitol Limited connects Washington D.C. and Chicago, on 750 miles of railroad. Taking over 17 hours for a complete trip, these trains offer various overnight accommodations and feature panoramic observation cars where passengers can enjoy exceptional scenery. The trains include various options for food; however, WiFi connectivity is not available onboard due to the rural nature of the route.

  • The Amtrak Lake Shore Limited is an overnight train that runs along some of the best shorelines in the U.S., connecting New York City and Boston with Chicago. The service provides top-tier amenities to its passengers, including free WiFi and dining onboard. The Lake Shore Limited departs from Chicago (Union Station), Illinois in Chicago and arrives at 131 Tyler Ave in Elkhart. The route takes about 1 hours and 54 minutes and ticket prices start at $20.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Chicago and Elkhart is approximately 86 miles, or 139 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 52 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 49 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

Trains from Chicago to Elkhart are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Chicago at 6:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

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

You can also take a train for your return trip from Elkhart 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 Elkhart?

Main arrival station: 131 Tyler Ave

Elkhart has one train station.

All train stations in Elkhart:

  • 131 Tyler Ave

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