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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to St Louis?

Lowest Price$25.00
Fastest Train5h 30m
Trains Per Day3
Train Lines3

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 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 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.

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

In the last month, $31.68 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to St Louis, MO. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $16.15 more than that for a same-day booking.

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 4 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 30 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 St Louis are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Thursday 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 9:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 Louis?

There are 3 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 $27.00.

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 your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak19h 27m$76.25
Amtrak Lincoln Service25h 33m$30.48
Amtrak Texas Eagle25h 36m$37.05

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 St Louis?

St Louis has one train station:

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to St Louis, MO
Based on 20 ratings and reviews

Based on 16 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Lincoln Service report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 77 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Maria Antonietta
December 16, 2019Solo travel
It was on time
The wagon was cold, needed a heating system in the wagon
November 12, 2019Visiting family
Very quiet and comfortable trip Very punctual Enjoyed the journey
Just fine
Very convenient travel
Rosa E
October 18, 2019
Thanks so much.. everything was wonderful
October 11, 2019Visiting family
I prefer the space of the train to that of an airplane. It makes it easier to work.
Healthier food options would be great. There weren't many that had any vegetables.
Bring your own food or eat beforehand.
September 20, 2019Couples trip
Time spent with date
I woud like to see shades or curtains on binds on windows to help with the bright sunlit.
Have Patients enjoy the ride except the fact that you may hear some other conversations

Based on 4 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
January 21, 2020Solo travel
Seeing family!
September 25, 2019Visiting friends
Only one delay and it seemed like we made up time
June 30, 2019Vacation
Bad weather delayed the train more than 2 hours. The car was VERY cold.
Better temperature control in the cars.
Bring a jacket and blanket
June 20, 2019Vacation
Bathroom needed cleaning everything else good.
Clean bathroom

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