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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to New Orleans?

Lowest Price$110.00
Fastest Train19h 42m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is New Orleans from Chicago?

New Orleans is 926.3 miles (1,490.7 kilometers) from Chicago via I-55 N and I-57 N.

How big is New Orleans?

New Orleans city proper is 349.85 square miles (906.10 square kilometers). It has a city population of 343,829 and a metro population of 1,262,888.

Is there a megabus for traveling from Chicago to New Orleans?

Unfortunately, there is no Megabus traveling from Chicago to New Orleans. Greyhound is the only bus carrier traveling from Chicago to New Orleans, with 6 trips offered per day, and an average price of $85.50. It takes, on average, 21 hours of travel to get there.

There is, however, an Amtrak route to New Orleans from Chicago that costs an average of $136.62. It also takes 20 hours to get there, but you’ll be in for a much more comfortable ride.

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to New Orleans 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 New Orleans?

In the last month, $110.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to New Orleans, LA. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to New Orleans?

The distance between Chicago and New Orleans is approximately 835 miles, or 1344 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 19 hours and 42 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 New Orleans are the most crowded on Friday. 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?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Chicago at 8:00pm and arrives in New Orleans around 19 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Chicago to New Orleans?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to New Orleans with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from New Orleans to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to New Orleans for $81.00.

Which train should you take from Chicago to New Orleans?

Amtrak City of New Orleans is the one and only train line which connects Chicago, Illinois to New Orleans, Louisiana. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak City of New Orleans119h 42m$118.64

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 New Orleans?

New Orleans has one train station:

  • Union Term - 1001 Loyola Ave

Price trends for trains from Chicago to New Orleans

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

$175$140$105$70$353020100

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to New Orleans, LA

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Arthur

March 29, 2020 - Solo travel

Amtrak City of New Orleans

Pros: The view and the speed. Cons: Hot foods like hamburgers etc. Even more speed. Tips: Pack only what you need. Pros: The view and the speed. Cons: Hot foods like hamburgers etc. Even more speed. Tips: Pack only what you need.

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