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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to South Bend?

Lowest Price$16.00
Fastest Train1h 29m
Trains Per Day3
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to South Bend 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 South Bend?

In the last month, $16.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to South Bend, IN. 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 23 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $4.90 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to South Bend?

The distance between Chicago and South Bend is approximately 72 miles, or 116 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 29 minutes, As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Chicago to South Bend 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 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.

Is there a direct train from Chicago to South Bend?

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

You can also take a train for your return trip from South Bend to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to South Bend for $15.00.

Which train should you take from Chicago to South Bend?

2 train services operate from Chicago, Illinois to South Bend, Indiana. 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 29m$18.56
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited21h 29m$16.58

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 South Bend?

South Bend has one train station:

  • 2702 W Washington St

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to South Bend, IN
Based on 5 ratings and reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Capitol Limited report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
May 28, 2019Couples trip
June 9, 2019Visiting friends
Comfortable and spacious seating.
Timelines of arrival.

Based on 3 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Lake Shore Limited report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
August 22, 2019Visiting family
I loved that the staff was so helpful and even let me know when my stop was coming up.
I can’t think of anything
Give yourself plenty of time to get through the train station & then to your train. I got their 10 minutes before and was running through the station (I had never been there before) and running to my train which was a ways down and I was the very last one on. I made it....More

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