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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Chicago to St Louis. Traveling by train from Chicago to St Louis usually takes around 6 hours and 6 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Lincoln Service train can make the trip in 5 hours and 6 minutes.

Distance262 mi (422 km)
Fastest train5h 6m
Lowest price$25.00
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lincoln Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to St Louis, MO

(Based on 32 ratings and reviews)

4.7

4.0

Jonathan

November 16, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: Travelling by train. Cons: Cafeteria was overpriced. Tips: Bring your own food and drink.

Pros: Travelling by train. Cons: Cafeteria was overpriced. Tips: Bring your own food and drink.

4.0

Melvin

November 12, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Texas Eagle

Pros: The trip was a pleasant trip ,both going and coming. Cons: The restrooms could be cleaned better. Tips: Do as you sre asked to do.

Pros: The trip was a pleasant trip ,both going and coming. Cons: The restrooms could be cleaned better. Tips: Do as you sre asked to do.

4.0

Sherri

September 10, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Lincoln Service

My trip was very enjoyable, traveling for a funeral. I was able to recline my seat and rest before I arrived at my destination.

My trip was very enjoyable, traveling for a funeral. I was able to recline my seat and rest before I arrived at my destination.

5.0

Kimberly

August 11, 2021- Couples trip

Amtrak Texas Eagle

Pros: It all ran very smooth. Staff were helpful. Comfortable seats. Cons: Nothing.

Pros: It all ran very smooth. Staff were helpful. Comfortable seats. Cons: Nothing.

5.0

Desdemona

August 6, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: The ride,. Cons: It was supper cold on the train, and very rocky. Tips: Yes, to bring a blanket or wear extremely warm clothes.

Pros: The ride,. Cons: It was supper cold on the train, and very rocky. Tips: Yes, to bring a blanket or wear extremely warm clothes.

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

$35.35 is the average price of a bus ticket from Chicago to St Louis. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to St Louis will vary between $33 and $56. Planning a train trip to St Louis within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is $35. 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 St Louis 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 $34 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to St Louis in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $41 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 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to St Louis from Chicago will be about $9.64 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to St Louis?

There are 3 train lines with service from Chicago, Illinois to St Louis, Missouri. Amtrak Lincoln Service is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 4 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak19h 26m$80.01
Amtrak Lincoln Service45h 29m$36.19
Amtrak Texas Eagle15h 36m$36.19
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Chicago to St Louis every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $72.

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  • Amtrak Lincoln Service

    Amtrak Lincoln Service

    Amtrak Lincoln Service train tickets from Chicago to St Louis start from $25, and on average cost . Daily there are 4 Amtrak Lincoln Service schedules to St Louis. Amtrak Lincoln Service in Chicago leaves from Union Station . And in St Louis trains arrive at Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St .

    From Chicago to St Louis train travel on Amtrak Lincoln Service takes 5 hours and 29 minutes. If you are looking to get to St Louis faster, Amtrak Lincoln Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 6 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Lincoln Service offers 5 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to St Louis.

  • Amtrak Texas Eagle

    Amtrak Texas Eagle

    Amtrak Texas Eagle train tickets from Chicago to St Louis start from $25, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Texas Eagle schedules to St Louis. Amtrak Texas Eagle in Chicago leaves from Union Station . And in St Louis trains arrive at Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St .

    From Chicago to St Louis train travel on Amtrak Texas Eagle takes 5 hours and 36 minutes. If you are looking to get to St Louis faster, Amtrak Texas Eagle offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 6 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to St Louis on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Texas Eagle scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Chicago.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there buses from Chicago to St. Louis?

Yes, there are 3 bus companies that offer service from Chicago to St. Louis: Greyhound, Megabus and OurBus. Of those, Ourbus is the cheapest, with tickets averaging about $15.

What’s the difference between Amtrak Texas Eagle and Lincoln Service?

The Amtrak Texas Eagle is the more expensive of the two train lines, with tickets averaging about $10 more than the Lincoln Service (which is also known as the Illinois Service). There are 3 Lincoln Service trains per day, versus just 1 Texas Eagle, which means you’ll have more options to fit your schedule on the Lincoln line.

Otherwise, both trains take about 5 hours 30 minutes, and they take the same route, which passes through Bloomington, IL and Springfield, IL on the way to St. Louis.

Is Chicago to St. Louis a good family vacation?

St. Louis is a terrific destination to travel with your family, if your kids can endure the almost 6 hour train ride. Thankfully, Amtrak trains are very comfortable, which should make the time go by faster.

St. Louis itself has plenty of fun activities for your family. The City Museum is among the best in the entire U.S. for children, with interactive exhibits the kids can climb all over, making it a good venue to let out some energy. The St. Louis Zoo is well-known for its impressive collection of animals, and the iconic Gateway Arch is a site to behold.

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to St Louis 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 Louis?

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

The distance between Chicago and St Louis is approximately 262 miles, or 422 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 6 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 6 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?

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for train travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 7:00am 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.

How many train schedules are there most days?

There are 6 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Chicago to St Louis.

You can also take a train for your return trip from St Louis to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to St Louis for $32.00.

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.

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 Louis

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St. Louis is one of several major cities in the state of Missouri and it is uniquely located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The city is usually recognized by its most distinctive feature, the Gateway Arch, thanks to which it is the only city in the United States that has a national park in the heart of its downtown district. The Arch is a must-see attraction and you can even take a tram to the top for some incredible views of the St. Louis skyline.

Some of the other truly unique attractions you can visit while you’re in town include the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis where you can check out an incredible collection of dolls, dollhouses and vignettes, and the City Museum where you can ride down a 10-story spiral slide (yup, you read that right.) For a great outdoor experience, stop by the gorgeous Missouri Botanical Garden, and then take a stroll through Citygarden where you will find various quirky statues and installations worthy of being featured in your Instagram feed.

Ale enthusiasts would be excited to know that St. Louis is one of the best craft beer cities in the U.S. as well as one of the cheapest drinking cities. That means your party budget could take you a long way. Unsurprisingly, the city is also among the best spring break destinations on a budget.

The main bus and train station in St. Louis, Gateway Station, is located right in the center of downtown, not far from the Gateway Arch, which makes coming in and out of the city a breeze.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

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Departure stations

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

Where is the train station in St Louis?

Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St - STLAMT-0

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Arrival stations

Gateway Station opened in 2008 to consolidate St Louis’ transportation services into one central hub. The station’s award-winning design includes a pedestrian walkway with expansive colored glass windows overlooking the train tracks. Perfectly located in the heart of downtown St Louis, the station is surrounded by bars, restaurants, and hotels and is just a few blocks from Busch Stadium and the iconic Gateway Arch. Amenities inside the station include free Wifi, a food court, and a lounge for Amtrak’s First Class passengers. Gateway Station is a major stop for intercity bus service, several Amtrak train lines, and the city’s MetroLink which can connect you with the St Louis Lambert International Airport in just 30 minutes.

All train stations in St Louis:

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

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