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Chicago - St Paul Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Chicago to St Paul. Traveling by train from Chicago to St Paul usually takes around 9 hours and 29 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Builder train can make the trip in 7 hours and 48 minutes.

Distance347 mi (558 km)
Fastest train7h 48m
Lowest price$58.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Saint Paul

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

4.3

5.0

David

December 13, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: The scenery and the spacious seats. Cons: Not being delayed. The train had to stop and get something fixed.

Pros: The scenery and the spacious seats. Cons: Not being delayed. The train had to stop and get something fixed.

4.0

Yusuf

August 25, 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Relaxing. Cons: Departure and checking time. Tips: Be there on time.

Pros: Relaxing. Cons: Departure and checking time. Tips: Be there on time.

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

In the last month, $58.27 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Saint Paul. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $49.73 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$105$70$35JanFeb

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to St Paul will vary between $58 and $96. Planning a train trip to Saint Paul within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is $59. 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

$100$80$60$40$20FMAMJJASONDJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Chicago to St Paul 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 $61 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to St Paul in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $85 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

$125$100$75$50$253020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 22 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Saint Paul from Chicago will be about $49.73 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to St Paul?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Saint Paul. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak311h 22m$71.04
Amtrak Empire Builder27h 48m$70.57
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Saint Paul every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $58.

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  • Amtrak Empire Builder

    Amtrak Empire Builder

    Amtrak Empire Builder train tickets from Chicago to St Paul start from $58, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Amtrak Empire Builder schedules to Saint Paul. Amtrak Empire Builder in Chicago leaves from Union Station . And in Saint Paul trains arrive at Union Depot .

    From Chicago to St Paul train travel on Amtrak Empire Builder takes 7 hours and 48 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Empire Builder offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Saint Paul.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Saint Paul 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.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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 St Paul?

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

The distance between Chicago and St Paul is approximately 347 miles, or 558 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 29 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 48 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 departing from Chicago to St Paul tend to have the most passangers on Wednesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Wednesday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Friday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 2:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. 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 St Paul?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to St Paul. 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 St Paul 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.

St Paul

Saint Paul is the capital of Minnesota, and is one of the Twin Cities, along with its neighbor across the Mississippi River, Minneapolis. As the seat of Minnesota's government, Saint Paul offers historic and cultural attractions which represent both the state and the American Midwest as a whole.

For a comprehensive introduction to the region's history, start your trip at the Minnesota History Center, just down the street from the grounds of the State Capitol building. There are museums in Saint Paul for all types of interests, including the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Schubert Club Musical Instrument Museum. For an extra dash of Saint Paul history, take a stroll down Summit Avenue, a stylish street of drool-worthy Victorian houses and mansions, including the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

If you're brave enough to visit Saint Paul during the freezing winters, you'll be rewarded with the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, a yearly event where you can explore ice palaces, watch live ice sculpting, and compete in city-wide scavenger hunts. Saint Paul is also one of the country's best cities for craft beer, so save time to taste some local ales or even brew your own beer at Vine Park Brewing Co.

Saint Paul is a hub for travel in the Midwest thanks in part to Amtrak's Empire Builder train service which stops at Saint Paul Union Depot. Bus service from stations throughout town and nearby Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport make it easy to travel to and from this saintly city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Main departure station: Union Station

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:

  • Union Station

  • 2702 W Washington St

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

  • 459 North Burdick Street

  • 100 N Third St

  • 119 McCamly St S

  • Dutch Mill Park & Ride Lot

  • 15766 Manchester Rd

  • Union Station - 400 S Houston St

  • Van Galder Bus Office

  • University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

  • 1407 S Dort Hwy

  • 202 S Sherman Dr

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

  • Transp Ctr - 51000 Woodward Ave

Where is the train station in St Paul?

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Main arrival station: Union Depot

Located right on the banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood, Union Depot has a remarkable history dating back to 1881. It remains the major transport hub of Saint Paul, as well as the designated station for Amtrak service in the Twin Cities. Besides the long-haul Empire Builder train, the station serves Jefferson Lines and Greyhound intercity buses and connects to local public transit. Within the Union Depot complex, you’ll find a coffee shop, restaurant, bike shop, rental car agency, and can even join a public tour to admire the architecture and learn about the station’s storied past.

All train stations in St Paul:

  • Union Depot

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