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Train Trip Information: Chicago to Ann Arbor

There are 33 daily trains from Chicago to Ann Arbor. Traveling by train from Chicago to Ann Arbor usually takes around 21 hours and 47 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Wolverine train can make the trip in 4 hours and 16 minutes.

Distance201 mi (324 km)
Fastest train4h 16m
Lowest price$40.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Ann Arbor

(Based on 24 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Zachary

December 30, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Efficient and safe travel. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Dont buy tickets a day before. Buy tickets 2 weeks ahead at least.

Pros: Efficient and safe travel. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Dont buy tickets a day before. Buy tickets 2 weeks ahead at least.

5.0

Christine

December 22, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Staff at station in Ann Arbor were exceptionally pleasant and helpful. Station was extremely clean.

Staff at station in Ann Arbor were exceptionally pleasant and helpful. Station was extremely clean.

4.0

Peter

June 6, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Train boarded early, which was helpful, and left promptly on time. Cons: Having traveled extensively by train in Europe, I am always disapointed by the condition of the tracks and the relatively slow and noisy train travel in the US. The overall state of train t...

Pros: Train boarded early, which was helpful, and left promptly on time. Cons: Having traveled extensively by train in Europe, I am always disapointed by the condition of the tracks and the relatively slow and noisy train travel in the US. The overall state of train travel in the US needs to be dramatically improved.

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5.0

Sharat

March 26, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Spacious, comfortable. Cons: Wifi connection.

Pros: Spacious, comfortable. Cons: Wifi connection.

5.0

Lindsey

January 23, 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: The train was clean and the staff was great! A few drunk people on the train were annoying.. but sometimes I’m a stick in mud haha :). Cons: nothing really ! Tips: arrive early to get a window seat :).

Pros: The train was clean and the staff was great! A few drunk people on the train were annoying.. but sometimes I’m a stick in mud haha :). Cons: nothing really ! Tips: arrive early to get a window seat :).

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

In the last month, $123.21 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Ann Arbor. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 8 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $23.07 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$165$110$55MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Ann Arbor will vary between $114 and $165. Planning a train trip to Ann Arbor within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is $114. 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 Ann Arbor by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $59 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Ann Arbor in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $108 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 8 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Ann Arbor from Chicago will be about $23.07 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Ann Arbor?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Ann Arbor. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 30 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak301d 0h 46m$146.82
Amtrak Wolverine34h 26m$46.94
  • 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 30 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Ann Arbor every day, as well as 14 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $48.

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  • Amtrak Wolverine

    Amtrak Wolverine

    The Amtrak Wolverine provides rail service from Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan, and offers 3 trips per day. Each train features amenities such as a cafe car and onboard WiFi. The average ticket price from Chicago to Ann Arbor on the Wolverine is , but you can find deals for as low as $40.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I take the train or bus from Ann Arbor to Chicago?

If you’re looking for comfort from Chicago to Ann Arbor, a train is the best option. Buses and trains both offer Wi-Fi, outlets and onboard restrooms, but trains have a bit more to offer. The standard Amtrak has both a Café Car and a Quiet Car, and Amtrak Wolverine goes beyond the typical to provide snacks and extra legroom.

The train from Chicago to Ann Arbor usually takes about 4 hours and 15 minutes. Buses are usually cheaper, but train rides still start as low as $31 for a ticket.

Does Amtrak go to Ann Arbor, Michigan?

There is an Amtrak station in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Amtrak is a great option when traveling from Chicago to Ann Arbor because in addition to a daily trip on the traditional Amtrak train, there are 3 daily trips from Chicago to Ann Arbor on Amtrak Wolverine (a higher speed Amtrak train).

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Chicago to Ann Arbor. 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 Ann Arbor?

The distance between Chicago and Ann Arbor is approximately 201 miles, or 324 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 21 hours and 47 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 16 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Chicago to Ann Arbor on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

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 11:00pm. 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 Ann Arbor?

There are 33 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Ann Arbor. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Ann Arbor 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.

Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is a quirky city filled with interesting secrets for curious travelers. The first thing to do in Ann Arbor is to check out its crown jewel, the University of Michigan. Boasting as many as 30 libraries and more than 16 museums, the university will fulfill every culturally-inclined traveler’s desires with ease. Nature lovers who enjoy a breath of fresh air should consider hopping on the Huron River Water Trail, which offers plenty of opportunities for paddling. Also don’t miss out on a show at the famous Michigan Theater, which offers retro shows and live acts.

Travelers can enjoy an authentic Ann Arbor culinary experience at Kerrytown, a historic quarter in the city. Located there are the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, as well as Zingerman’s Deli, both of which are local favorites.

The Amtrak station at 325 Depot St serves as the city’s main hub for both bus and train travel. From the station you can catch a bus or train to various cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and beyond. Ann Arbor is served by Amtrak’s Wolverine line. The city’s main airport is the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

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Main departure station: Dutch Mill Park & Ride Lot

The Dutch Mill Park & Ride is a parking lot where travelers can catch local Madison Metro buses throughout the city, as well as intercity buses on Amtrak Thruway heading to destinations like Minneapolis, Chicago, and Milwaukee. For those parking before riding, the lot has both daily and overnight parking available for free. Although there is no station building, bus shelters line the bus lanes, and there is easy access to the next-door gas station and Arby’s, where you can grab a bite or hang out indoors before the bus arrives. The Dutch Mill Park & Ride is a few miles outside of downtown Madison, but several convenience stores, restaurants, and hotels are still in the direct vicinity.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Dutch Mill Park & Ride Lot

  • University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

  • Union Station

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

  • Union Station

  • 100 N Third St

  • Airport - 5601 S 6th St

  • 5885 Horton St

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

  • Penn Station

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • MLK Plaza - 415 Emerald Ave

  • 350 S Illinois St

Where is the train station in Ann Arbor?

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Main arrival station: 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station

The Ann Arbor Amtrak Station is located in the downtown area of Ann Arbor at 325 Depot St and handles most of the city’s rail transportation. The station is served by the Wolverine line, which runs from Pontiac to Chicago three times each day. Intercity bus service from Barons Bus Lines, Miller Transportation, and Greyhound also stop at the Depot St station. Metered parking is available on-site, and the station building includes public restrooms and a convenient taxi stand. Several restaurants are in the surrounding area, and if you have time to kill before your train, take a short walk to the scenic Broadway Park along Huron River.

All train stations in Ann Arbor:

  • 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station

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