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Trip Summary

There are usually 3 daily train trips available from Chicago to Dallas. Traveling by train from Chicago to Dallas usually takes 24 hours and 51 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Texas Eagle train can make the trip in 21 hours and 48 minutes.

Distance805 mi (1295 km)
Fastest train21h 48m
Lowest price$121.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Chicago to Dallas

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Charles

May 18, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Texas Eagle

Pros: The ride. Cons: And mow cleaners. Tips: Nice.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Chicago and Dallas cost $143.58, on average. Since this route covers a considerable distance, tickets are typically a bit pricier than most train fares. 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 $162.84 more.

Average prices by travel date

$240$160$80JulJul

The average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Dallas is expected to fluctuate between $126 and $238 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Dallas in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Chicago is $133.

Monthly avg. prices

$225$180$135$90$45ASONDJFMAMJJ
Mark your calendar for August if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Chicago to Dallas. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $123. If you're planning a trip from Chicago to Dallas during November, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $201 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you're looking to save on your train trip from Chicago to Dallas, book online with Wanderu at least 29 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $162.84 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Dallas?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Dallas. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak31d 3h 11m$171.67
Amtrak Texas Eagle121h 48m$195.01
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Dallas every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $124.

  • Amtrak Texas Eagle train tickets from Chicago to Dallas start from $121, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Texas Eagle schedules to Dallas. Amtrak Texas Eagle in Chicago leaves from Chicago (Union Station), Illinois . And in Dallas trains arrive at Union Station - 400 S Houston St .

    From Chicago to Dallas train travel on Amtrak Texas Eagle takes 21 hours and 48 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Dallas 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

The distance between Chicago and Dallas is approximately 805 miles, or 1295 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 24 hours and 51 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 21 hours and 48 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.

Trains departing from Chicago to Dallas tend to have the most passengers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Tuesday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Chicago at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 1:00pm. 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 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Chicago to Dallas. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

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

Dallas

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Dallas is one of the most vibrant and modern cities in Texas, as well as one of the state's best vacation destinations. While it is one of the foremost business, telecommunications and transportation hubs in the United States, Dallas is also one of the most exciting cities when it comes to culture and nightlife opportunities.

When you are planning a trip to Dallas, make sure you leave time in your schedule to check out some of the city’s world-famous museums. Some must-visits include The Sixth Floor Museum (that commemorates the assassination of John F. Kennedy), the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

If you want some fresh air and a feast to the eyes, you must visit the remarkable Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, which boasts one of the best botanical collections in the entire country. And if you are after some tasty grub and good people watching, then head to Stone Street Gardens, a row of restaurants located on a charming red brick strip surrounded with tons of greenery.

Both the main train station in Dallas, the Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station, and the main bus station are located in the heart of the city’s downtown historic district just a few blocks away from each other. That makes it super convenient to travel to Dallas from various places in Texas and the rest of the U.S. or Mexico. The stations’ central location also allows for an easy transfer to and from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport that is located pretty far outside the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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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 Dallas?

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Main arrival station: Union Station - 400 S Houston St

Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station first opened in 1916, and connected Dallas to the United States’ growing rail network. Today, the station offers service on Amtrak’s Texas Eagle line which runs from Chicago to San Antonio. Passengers can also connect to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (or DART) within the station. Located just east of downtown Dallas, Union Station is conveniently close to the Dallas Convention Center, the primary bus station, and several of the area’s main freeways. Parking, restrooms, and vending machines are available at the station, and it’s easy to grab a quick bite at any one of numerous nearby eateries, from fast food joints to steakhouses.

All train stations in Dallas:

  • Union Station - 400 S Houston St

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