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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Baltimore?

Lowest Price$85.00
Fastest Train18h 46m
Trains Per Day9
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

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

In the last month, $96.06 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Baltimore, MD. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 13 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $35.96 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Baltimore?

The distance between Chicago and Baltimore is approximately 605 miles, or 973 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 21 hours and 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 18 hours and 46 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 Baltimore 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 Saturday 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 5:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. 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 Baltimore?

There are 9 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Chicago to Baltimore. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Baltimore to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Baltimore for $54.00.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Baltimore?

2 train services operate from Chicago, Illinois to Baltimore, Maryland. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 9 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak921h 35m$100.32
Amtrak Cardinal11d 0h 31m$88.71

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 Baltimore?

Baltimore receives travelers from Chicago at its two active train stations:

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St
  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

Price trends for trains from Chicago to Baltimore

Average prices by travel date

$120$80$40SepSep

Monthly average prices

$175$140$105$70$35ONDJFMAMJJAS

Prices as travel date approaches

$150$120$90$60$303020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to Baltimore, MD
5.0
Based on 1 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
3.0
Value
2.0
Condition
5.0
Beugre
5.0
June 1, 2019Regular commuter
Pros
The trip was very nice the driver took the time to explained every little details it means
Cons
Everytime you have to reborded the bus you have to be cheicked
Tips
No sommes are kinds sommes are very rudes

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