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Chicago-East Lansing Train Schedule

Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to East Lansing?

Lowest Price$24.00
Fastest Train3h 42m
Trains Per Day3
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to East Lansing 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.

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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Chicago to East Lansing. 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.

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

In the last month, $32.93 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to East Lansing, MI. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. 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 East Lansing?

The distance between Chicago and East Lansing is approximately 171 miles, or 276 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 4 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 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 East Lansing are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Friday 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 4:00pm 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 East Lansing?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Chicago to East Lansing. 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 East Lansing to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to East Lansing for $27.00.

Which train should you take from Chicago to East Lansing?

2 train services operate from Chicago, Illinois to East Lansing, Michigan. Amtrak 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
Amtrak211h 35m$95.57
Amtrak Blue Water14h 21m$27.92

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 East Lansing?

East Lansing has one train station:

  • Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to East Lansing, MI
Based on 11 ratings and reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Blue Water report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 82 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
December 24, 2019Visiting family
Kept time
Staff communication and charging sockets
Get there on time
December 2, 2019Visiting family
Porters on the eastbound trip out of Chicago were NOT helpful at all. Crew changed in Battle Creek and those porters were extremely helpful!
Porter assistance.
October 13, 2019Visiting family
Good seating, helpful staff, available electrical outlets at each seat and wifi.
Boarding process could be improved. Train is often full and boarding isn't very efficient. People should be made to sit beside each other from the get-go if it is known that the train is going to be full.
Arrive early and be mentally prepared to sit next to somebody else you might not know, as this train is often sold-out and full to the brim.
June 17, 2019Solo travel
They had room for my bags
Pack light, but if you have to being bigger bags the train is equipped with a luggage rack in most cases
May 26, 2019Vacation
Seeing theatre I can't see in my local area.

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