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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Chicago to South Bend. Traveling by train from Chicago to South Bend usually takes around one hour and 29 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance72 mi (116 km)
Fastest train1h 29m
Lowest price$16.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lake Shore Limited
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to South Bend, IN

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Tracy

August 22, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: I loved that the staff was so helpful and even let me know when my stop was coming up. Cons: I can’t think of anything. Tips: 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...

Pros: I loved that the staff was so helpful and even let me know when my stop was coming up. Cons: I can’t think of anything. Tips: 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... but it was stressful.

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3.0

Kaitlyn

June 9, 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Pros: Comfortable and spacious seating. Cons: Timelines of arrival.

Pros: Comfortable and spacious seating. Cons: Timelines of arrival.

5.0

Guiquan

May 28, 2019- Couples trip

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Pros: Quite. Cons: Nothing.

Pros: Quite. Cons: Nothing.

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 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $14.00 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to South Bend will vary between $16 and $26. Planning a train trip to South Bend within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is $17. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Chicago to South Bend by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $17 whenever you decide to board the train to South Bend.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Chicago to South Bend remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

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$23.77
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited21h 29m$18.79
  • Amtrak Capitol Limited

    Amtrak Capitol Limited

    Amtrak Capitol Limited train tickets from Chicago to South Bend start from $16, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Capitol Limited schedules to South Bend. Amtrak Capitol Limited in Chicago leaves from Union Station . And in South Bend trains arrive at 2702 W Washington St .

    From Chicago to South Bend train travel on Amtrak Capitol Limited takes 1 hours and 29 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to South Bend on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Capitol Limited scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

  • Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

    Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

    Amtrak Lake Shore Limited train tickets from Chicago to South Bend start from $16, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Amtrak Lake Shore Limited schedules to South Bend. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited in Chicago leaves from Union Station . And in South Bend trains arrive at 2702 W Washington St .

    From Chicago to South Bend train travel on Amtrak Lake Shore Limited takes 1 hours and 29 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to South Bend.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to South Bend during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

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 Sunday. 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 Wednesday 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.

City Information

Chicago

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.

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.

South Bend

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South Bend, IN - SOB-1

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South Bend is quite a small city in Indiana, but this town offers plenty of beautiful landmarks and outdoor activities that will keep you captivated. When visiting South Bend, don't miss the Century Center, which not only hosts some of the best exhibitions in town but also boasts a great view towards the nearby St Joseph River, making it a particularly photogenic spot. The North/South Continental Divide is one particular point of interest, just a bit further down the US 20 bypass. Immerse yourself in nature at Shiojiri Niwa, a Japanese garden with more than twenty different large plants.

Though a small town, South Bend still has plenty of great dining options on its plate. For the best locally sourced burgers and a killer view of the river, check out Oaken Bucket Restaurant. If you can splurge a little bit, LaSalle Grill offers some of the finest dishes in town!

South Bend is a convenient location to reach from anywhere in the Midwest, with several bus stations in the city and Amtrak service stopping at a station close to downtown. In addition, South Bend International Airport is very close to the city and offers flights to domestic and international destinations.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Departure stations

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:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in South Bend?

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Arrival stations

The South Bend Amtrak Station opened more than 50 years ago. In 1970, the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad constructed the station, and South Shore Line was the main rail provider until 1992. Located in the cultural hub of "Michiana," the station is near the Notre Dame University campus. Today, the South Bend Station is served by Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited and Capitol Limited lines, connecting South Bend with New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. The practical one-story concrete block station is painted a vivid, deep blue. Passengers can wait for trains on the spacious porch beside the tracks. A small shelter is also accessible on the adjacent platform.

All train stations in South Bend:

  • 2702 W Washington St

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