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Trip Summary

There are 43 daily trains from Chicago to Kalamazoo. Traveling by train from Chicago to Kalamazoo usually takes around 14 hours and 23 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Wolverine train can make the trip in 2 hours and 6 minutes.

Distance109 mi (175 km)
Fastest train2h 6m
Lowest price$27.00
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Kalamazoo

(Based on 18 ratings and reviews)

4.7

4.0

Crystal

April 4, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Train came on time. Cons: The windows were dirty.

Pros: Train came on time. Cons: The windows were dirty.

5.0

Randy

March 19, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Resting. Cons: N/A.

Pros: Resting. Cons: N/A.

4.0

Vicki

December 8, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: We got where we wanted to be. Cons: We missed the last train to Kalamazoo. We had a flight the same day from Seattle to Chicago. We then got from the airport to union station in Chicago. We arrived just when the door closed & were not allowed on- even though the ...

Pros: We got where we wanted to be. Cons: We missed the last train to Kalamazoo. We had a flight the same day from Seattle to Chicago. We then got from the airport to union station in Chicago. We arrived just when the door closed & were not allowed on- even though the train was not leaving for another 5 minutes. Fortunately for us there was another train leavin to Grand Rapids, Michigan a half hour later- which we got on. It quite the right place but closer than Chicago. Tips: Don’t be late!

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5.0

DIVYABEN

December 1, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Yes. Cons: Nothing well all. Tips: No.

Pros: Yes. Cons: Nothing well all. Tips: No.

5.0

Robert

August 28, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Everything. Cons: Wifi wasn't working well.

Pros: Everything. Cons: Wifi wasn't working well.

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

In the last month, $83.45 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Kalamazoo. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $28.77 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$120$80$40MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Kalamazoo will vary between $75 and $112. Planning a train trip to Kalamazoo within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is $79. 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 Kalamazoo by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $31 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Kalamazoo in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $66 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 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Kalamazoo from Chicago will be about $28.77 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Kalamazoo?

There are 3 train lines with service from Chicago to Kalamazoo. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 39 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak3916h 57m$105.87
Amtrak Blue Water12h 8m$32.72
Amtrak Wolverine32h 15m$32.07
  • 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 39 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Kalamazoo every day, as well as 19 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $35.

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  • Amtrak Blue Water

    Amtrak Blue Water

    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 $27. Blue Water trains include amenities like free WiFi, cafe service, and power outlets at every seat.

  • 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 Kalamazoo on the Wolverine is , but you can find deals for as low as $27.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Chicago and Kalamazoo is approximately 109 miles, or 175 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 14 hours and 23 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 6 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Chicago to Kalamazoo on Thursday. Tickets for Thursday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday 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 Kalamazoo?

There are 43 scheduled trains on most days. 4 of these are direct connections to Kalamazoo. 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 Kalamazoo 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.

Kalamazoo

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As an eclectic college town in Michigan, Kalamazoo is a vibrant city full of attractions and fun things to do. When visiting the town, don't miss the famous Kalamazoo Valley Museum, where you'll find history, technology, and science exhibitions. The star of the museum is a 2300-year-old mummy, along with other artifacts from ancient Egypt. Another great destination is the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, which features exhibitions of local up-and-rising artists. With its rolling hills and lush landscape, Kalamazoo Nature Center is an excellent choice for a nature walk or even a ride if you bring your bike on the bus or train.

Once you've worked up an appetite, prepare to enjoy Kalamazoo's dining scene. True to its name, Rustica boasts a homely vibe with its fantastic selection of cured meats and homemade cheese and an impressive selection of European wines. In addition, Principle Food and Drink's comfort food and creative cocktails are delicious options right in downtown.

Kalamazoo is a stop on Amtrak's Blue Water and Wolverine lines and is also connected via bus service to cities including Indianapolis, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Milwaukee. Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport offers daily flights in and out of the area.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Main departure station: University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Chicago where you can board the train.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • Airport - 5601 S 6th St

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

  • Union Station

  • Penn Station

  • Union Station

  • Dutch Mill Park & Ride Lot

  • Vernon J. Ehlers Station

  • 1116 Depot St

  • 100 N Third St

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Kalamazoo?

Main arrival station: 459 North Burdick Street

Kalamazoo has one train station.

All train stations in Kalamazoo:

  • 459 North Burdick Street

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