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Chicago-Pittsburgh Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Pittsburgh?

Lowest Price$59.00
Fastest Train9h 25m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines1

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 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.

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

In the last month, $59.00 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 23 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $31.00 more than that for a same-day booking.

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 28 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 Tuesday. 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 Monday 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.

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 28m$71.02

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 Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh has one train station:

  • 1100 Liberty Ave

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