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Trip Summary

On most days, there is one scheduled train that travels from Chicago to Flint. The train trip from Chicago to Flint is usually about 6 hours and 27 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Blue Water train can get you there in as little as 5 hours and 3 minutes.

Distance216 mi (347 km)
Fastest train5h 3m
Lowest price$20.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Blue Water
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Chicago to Flint

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.4

5.0

Sharon

October 14, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Blue Water

Pros: Easy traveling. Cons: Nothing. Tips: None.

4.0

Harry

May 26, 2022

Amtrak Blue Water

Pros: This was my first time on Amtrak. Stress free. I loved the experience. Cons: Food and WiFi. Tips: Travel relaxed 😌.

5.0

Demetta

October 4, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Blue Water

Not having to drive

4.0

Melissa

August 20, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Blue Water

Pros: Not crowded, easy luggage on and off, comfortable seat, WiFi, AC, nobody bothered me. Cons: PA system is horrible and hard to understand. Train could go faster. Late.

4.0

Molly

August 12, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Blue Water

The seat was comfortable and the train was a little cold, but I was able to use my blanket to keep warm.

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

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Flint was $50.49. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 28 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $26.24 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Average prices by travel date

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For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Flint will range from $31 to $97. If you're planning to travel by train to Flint in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Chicago you can find in the next 7 days is $33. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly avg. prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Chicago to Flint often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in May when the average ticket price is only $46. If you're thinking of traveling from Chicago to Flint during July, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $73 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in July, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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By booking your train trip from Chicago to Flint on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time, you can save about $26.24 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Chicago to Flint?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Flint. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak19h 20m$76.94
Amtrak Blue Water15h 4m$52.87
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Flint every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $49.

  • The Blue Water is a higher-speed Amtrak train line that travels 319 miles between Chicago, IL and Port Huron, MI. Both Coach and Business Class tickets are available to purchase on the Blue Water, but if you’re looking to save, make sure to book early and you could find tickets for as low as $20. Blue Water trains include amenities like free WiFi, cafe service, and power outlets at every seat.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Chicago and Flint is approximately 216 miles, or 347 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 27 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 3 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.

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

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Chicago at 6:00am and arrives in Flint around 5 hours later.

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Flint 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 Flint 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.

Flint

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An industrial town in Michigan, Flint might not seem like a premier travel destination, but it does have some intriguing corners that off-the-beaten-path travelers will appreciate. One of the most popular destinations in the city is the Flint Institute of Arts, which houses an impressive collection of artworks that could rival a museum in a big city. Their collection includes pieces painted by Auguste Renoir and Mary Cassatt. If you are not a fan of art, check out Crossroads Village, a faithfully recreated 19th-century village, complete with a cider mill and a steamboat! For those who simply enjoy wandering around, the downtown area of Flint features many great shopping avenues to purchase souvenirs.

Even though it is a small town, Flint still boasts an impressive food scene. Check out 501 Bar & Grill's eclectic menu for the best BBQ in town. If you prefer to travel to cities known for their craft beer, a unique brewery experience awaits in a renovated firehouse at Tenacity Brewery.

Bus and train service from Flint includes trips to other Midwestern destinations, including Detroit, Chicago, and Indianapolis. In addition, Bishop International Airport is located in Flint for easy access by air.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

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Main departure station: Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

Where is the train station in Flint?

Main arrival station: 1407 S Dort Hwy

The station at 1407 S Dort Highway is a hub for trains and intercity buses. It is a stop on Amtrak's Blue Water route, which runs from Chicago to Port Huron, as well as Indian Trails, Greyhound, and Amtrak Thruway bus services. The station has plenty of waiting room space and vending machines. During working hours, staff is always available, and it is recommended to arrive at least 45 minutes early if you are checking baggage or require assistance. There is same day and overnight parking available for those driving, and the station location on Dort Highway provides direct access to I-69.

All train stations in Flint:

  • 1407 S Dort Hwy

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