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Chicago - Pittsburgh Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Chicago to Pittsburgh. Traveling by train from Chicago to Pittsburgh usually takes around 9 hours and 26 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Limited train can make the trip in 9 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance409 mi (659 km)
Fastest train9h 25m
Lowest price$59.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Capitol Limited
Train lines1

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

In the last month, $60.94 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Pittsburgh, PA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 26 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $50.32 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Chicago to Pittsburgh by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $69 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Pittsburgh in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $86 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 26 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Pittsburgh from Chicago will be about $50.32 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Pittsburgh?

Amtrak Capitol Limited is the one and only train line which connects Chicago, Illinois to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Capitol Limited19h 27m$79.77

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to take the train, take a bus, or fly from Chicago to Pittsburgh?

If you’re looking for a cheap option that offers relative comfort, the train is the best way to travel from Chicago to Pittsburgh. Tickets on the Amtrak Capitol Limited average about $90.86, with an average trip time of 9 hours and 26 minutes. Flights from Chicago to Pittsburgh only take about 1 hour and 30 minutes, but tickets start at $211. It’s possible to find bus tickets as cheap as $27 for this route, but the average price is closer to $70 and will take you 12 hours and 15 minutes to get there.

As an added bonus. Amtrak’s service from Chicago to Pittsburgh departs at 6:00 p.m., meaning you can travel overnight and wake up in Pittsburgh the following morning.

How many stops are there along the way?

The Amtrak Capitol Limited makes 8 stops between Chicago and Pittsburgh, all of them in Indiana and Ohio. In Indiana, the train will stop in South Bend, Elkhart and Waterloo. In Ohio, the train stops in Toledo, Sandusky, Elyria, Cleveland and Alliance.

Does the train offer dining options on the way from Chicago to Pittsburgh?

The train from Chicago to Pittsburgh does have food for purchase in the Capitol Limited Café car. Menu items include everything from coffee to bottled water, sandwiches, snacks, and even alcoholic beverages for travelers 21 and older.

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Pittsburgh 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.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Pittsburgh?

The distance between Chicago and Pittsburgh is approximately 409 miles, or 659 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 26 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 9 hours and 25 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 Pittsburgh 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 Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Chicago at 6:00pm and arrives in Pittsburgh around 9 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Chicago to Pittsburgh?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Pittsburgh with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Pittsburgh to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Pittsburgh for $65.00.

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.

Pittsburgh

Once the epitome of American industrial power, Pittsburgh has recently seen new waves of changes that turn it into a vibrant destination for visitors, especially for families. When in Pittsburgh, don’t miss out on the chance to hop on the Duquesne Incline and get to the top of Mount Washington. You will be rewarded with a panoramic view of where the three rivers collide, which offers plenty of excellent photogenic angles. Culturally-inclined travelers will find the Senator John Heinz History Center the perfect place to spend a day in. It does not just offer exhibitions on the city’s history but also on its baseball and football legacies, as well as Heinz products. Whether you are a sports fan or not, it is worthwhile to check out the Heinz Field, which provides a unique waterfront view.

Pittsburgh’s staple is pierogies, and some of the highest-rated eateries that include the dish on their menu are Pierogies Plus and Penn Brewery. These establishments serve other Eastern European dishes for your enjoyment as well. For traditional American eats, Eleven has an excellent selection.

Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, and Fullington Trailways all provide intercity transit service to Pittsburgh, and visitors can catch their buses at the Grant Street Transportation Center. You can also catch Amtrak trains at the nearby Pittsburgh Union Station. The main airport of the city is the Pittsburgh International Airport, which is located 10 miles west of Downtown. Another alternative is the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, 44 miles east of the city.

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.

Where is the train station in Pittsburgh?

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Arrival stations

Pittsburgh’s Union Station on Liberty Ave is a historic building that opened in 1903. Enter the station through enormous outdoor arches and pass beneath the spectacular rotunda dome with a central skylight. Once inside, you can catch the Capitol Limited train on its daily service from Chicago to DC or hop aboard the Pennsylvanian as it begins the journey to New York. Located in Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle, the station offers easy access to the nearby bus terminal, parking, restaurants, and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

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