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Trip Summary

There are 11 daily trains from Chicago to Baltimore. Traveling by train from Chicago to Baltimore usually takes around 54 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Cardinal train can make the trip in 24 hours and 46 minutes.

Distance605 mi (973 km)
Fastest train24h 46m
Lowest price$86.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Baltimore

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Richard

June 27, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Smooth, safe and on time. Cons: Very pleased with the trip. No additions or suggestions at this time.

Pros: Smooth, safe and on time. Cons: Very pleased with the trip. No additions or suggestions at this time.

5.0

Beugre

June 1, 2019- Regular commuter

Amtrak

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.

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.

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

In the last month, $290.85 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Baltimore. Given how far apart Chicago and Baltimore are from each other, there's no getting around the fact that most train tickets are on the pricier side. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $275.13 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$585$390$195JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Baltimore will vary between $231 and $577. Planning a train trip to Baltimore within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is $231. 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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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Chicago to Baltimore by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $118 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Baltimore in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $247 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$400$320$240$160$803020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Baltimore from Chicago will be about $275.13 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Baltimore?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Baltimore. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 11 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak112d 8h 2m$363.34
Amtrak Cardinal11d 0h 46m$167.77
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 11 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Baltimore every day, as well as 7 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $111.

  • Amtrak Cardinal

    Amtrak Cardinal

    The Amtrak Cardinal is a long distance passenger rail service from New York to Chicago, connecting a total of 31 cities. As one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the Cardinal is a popular train line connecting the Northeast to the Southeast, and offers top-notch comfort thanks to its seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available for purchase in the Cardinal Café. There are usually 1 Cardinal trips from Chicago to Baltimore per day, with an average trip length of 24 hours and 46 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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.

Can you take a train all the way from Chicago to Baltimore?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Chicago to Baltimore. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

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 54 hours and 37 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 24 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?

Wednesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Chicago to Baltimore. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Wednesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Monday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 11 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.

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 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.

Baltimore

Baltimore is a seaport in Maryland best known for its crab cakes and baseball legend, Babe Ruth. As there is plenty to see in Charm City, you'll be singing "Good Morning, Baltimore'' as soon as you experience all of the sights and activities this quirky town has to offer.

Some of Baltimore's most impressive attractions are centered in and around Inner Harbor. This scenic waterfront is filled with historic ships, dating as far back as the Civil War in the case of the USS Constellation. Alongside shops and restaurants, Inner Harbor also hosts the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and several entertainment venues where you can catch live music. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the harbor from atop Federal Hill Park, or if you prefer the view that inspired "The Star Spangled Banner," head out to Fort McHenry, known for its role in the War of 1812.

Baltimore is one of the stops on Wanderu's recommended East Coast wine tour, but don't worry about racking up a hefty tab; luckily, Baltimore is also one of the cheapest drinking cities in the U.S., with the cheapest bottle of beer going for just $1.42. Enjoy your wine or beer along the Avenue in Hampden, a neighborhood known for its hipster bars, restaurants, and boutiques.

Ready to plan your Baltimore adventure? Numerous bus and train options make Baltimore affordably accessible by ground transportation, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport not only offers hundreds of daily flights, it also is one of the best airports for food in the U.S.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

100 S EK Gaylord Blvd  - OKCAMT-0

Image credit: Nicolas Henderson

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Main departure station: 100 S EK Gaylord Blvd

The Oklahoma City Amtrak Station, also known as the historic Santa Fe Depot, is a stunning Art Deco building designed and built in 1934. Oklahoma City is the origin point for Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer train to Fort Worth, where travelers can connect to other Amtrak trains in the nation’s largest passenger rail network. The station has a few vending machines, restrooms, and a seating area where you may spot a few heads craned back to admire the intricate geometric mosaics on the ceiling. Located in the Bricktown neighborhood of downtown OKC, the station is within walking distance to Paycom Center (home of the NBA’s Oklahoma Thunder) and Bricktown Ballpark (home of the MLB’s OKC Dodgers).

All train stations in Chicago:

  • 100 S EK Gaylord Blvd

  • Central Station

  • Union Station

  • 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

  • 5885 Horton St

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • 1301 W 11th St

  • Union Station

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

  • 902 Washington Ave

  • Union Station - 400 S Houston St

  • 350 Hoefgen St

  • Union Station

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

Where is the train station in Baltimore?

Baltimore, MD - Penn Station - BALAMT-0

Image credit: Irteagle102704

Main arrival station: Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

Pennsylvania Station, commonly referred to as just Penn Station, is the main train station in Baltimore. Owned and operated by Amtrak, the station serves as a regional hub for all of the train carrier’s nine services that pass through Baltimore, including the Acela, the Northeast Regional, the Crescent, and the Palmetto. Conveniently located near Baltimore’s downtown and Inner Harbor, Penn Station is accessible from all parts of the city via several transit bus lines and two commuter rail services. The Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Collegetown shuttles also serve Penn Station, allowing students to travel easily between the train station and campus.

All train stations in Baltimore:

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

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