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Chicago - Toledo Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 3 daily train trips available from Chicago to Toledo. Traveling by train from Chicago to Toledo usually takes 4 hours and 17 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Limited train can make the trip in 3 hours and 59 minutes.

Distance210 mi (339 km)
Fastest train3h 59m
Lowest price$35.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lake Shore Limited
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Chicago to Toledo

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Mel

October 1, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Thank you. Cons: Seats. Tips: Shower before train ride.

5.0

Ruth

December 17, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Capitol Limited

Pros: Comfortable trip, bathroom access, no delays, easy baggage check and retrieval. Cons: Nothing comes to mind. Tips: Nothing comes to mind.

5.0

LINDA

December 30, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: On the ground, My new favorite way to travel. Cons: More business class sears. Tips: Travel business class.

5.0

Jenna

July 27, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: I loved how spacious the seats were, and that my daughter and I were able to sit together. Cons: Hardly anyone was wearing a mask. Lights were bright while my daughter and I tried to sleep. We had to struggle to get seats together, and everyone was very closely seated despite the pandemic. Tips: Wear your mask. Pay close attention to the stations - stops are very short. Listen to the attendants.

4.0

Candy

June 12, 2021- Business

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: It was fast. Cons: More workers at the stations. Tips: NA.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Chicago and Toledo cost $44.30, on average. This is a great bargain given the length of the route. Booking your trip at least 29 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $74.54 more.

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25AprApr

For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Toledo will range from $41 to $61. If you're planning to travel by train to Toledo in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Chicago you can find in the next 7 days is $43. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during February. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Chicago to Toledo, with the average price at just $52. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in October, when the average price goes up to $113. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

$175$140$105$70$353020100

Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Chicago to Toledo. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 29 days before departure, you can save around $74.54. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Chicago to Toledo?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Capitol Limited13h 59m$74.13
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited24h 25m$47.96
  • Passing through seven states, 16 cities, and various National Parks, Amtrak Capitol Limited connects Washington D.C. and Chicago, on 750 miles of railroad. Taking over 17 hours for a complete trip, these trains offer various overnight accommodations and feature panoramic observation cars where passengers can enjoy exceptional scenery. The trains include various options for food; however, WiFi connectivity is not available onboard due to the rural nature of the route.

  • The Amtrak Lake Shore Limited is an overnight train that runs along some of the best shorelines in the U.S., connecting New York City and Boston with Chicago. The service provides top-tier amenities to its passengers, including free WiFi and dining onboard. The Lake Shore Limited departs from Chicago (Union Station), Illinois in Chicago and arrives at MLK Plaza - 415 Emerald Ave in Toledo. The route takes about 4 hours and 25 minutes and ticket prices start at $35.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Chicago and Toledo is approximately 210 miles, or 339 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 59 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.

Friday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Chicago to Toledo. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Friday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Tuesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Chicago at 6:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Chicago to Toledo.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Toledo 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.

Toledo

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Once an industrial powerhouse, Toledo houses many important cultural institutions in the state of Ohio. The city's premier tourist attraction is the Toledo Museum of Art, which houses important works by world-renowned artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. The museum also has separate sections dedicated to Japanese arts and African arts. Close to the museum itself is The Old West End, a historic quarter with many old buildings and ancient trees more than 100 years old. To get familiar with the local flora, head to the Toledo Botanical Garden to view its collection of herbs and local plants.

Toledo is famous for its many budget restaurants, which offer great foods at affordable price points. Some notable local establishments include Rudy's Hot Dogs and Gino's Pizza. If you can afford to splurge a bit, check out Fowl and Fodder, which uses local ingredients for its incredible dishes.

Bus and train service make it easy to travel to Toledo, and you can catch a flight at the Toledo Express Airport, just 14.2 miles away from the city center.

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 Toledo?

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Main arrival station: MLK Plaza - 415 Emerald Ave

The majority of Toledo’s ground travel operates from MLK Plaza at 415 Emerald Ave. The station was named in honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr and opened in 1950. The station offers today’s travelers many amenities, including customer service staff, restrooms, and a Subway on-site. The station serves Amtrak’s Capitol Limited line from Chicago to Washington, D.C., as well as the Lake Shore Limited line from Chicago to New York City. Intercity bus service on Jefferson Lines and Barons Bus Lines also runs through MLK Plaza.

All train stations in Toledo:

  • MLK Plaza - 415 Emerald Ave

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