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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Seattle?

Lowest Price$150.00
Fastest Train46h 10m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

In the last month, $200.10 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Seattle, WA. Given how far apart Chicago and Seattle are from each other, there's no getting around the fact that most train tickets are on the pricier side. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $106.43 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Seattle?

The distance between Chicago and Seattle is approximately 1733 miles, or 2789 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 69 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 46 hours and 10 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 Seattle are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Wednesday 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 1:00pm 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.

Is there a direct train from Chicago to Seattle?

Trains leave the station in Chicago twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Seattle faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Seattle to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Seattle for $135.00.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Seattle?

2 train services operate from Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13d 15h 9m$256.79
Amtrak Empire Builder21d 22h 10m$163.22

Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to Seattle start from $220, and on average cost $257. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to Seattle. Amtrak in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Seattle trains arrive at King St Station - 303 S Jackson St, From Chicago to Seattle train travel on Amtrak takes 87 hours and 9 minutes. If you are looking to get to Seattle faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 46 hours and 10 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $260 for a one-way train ticket to Seattle.

Amtrak Empire Builder train tickets from Chicago to Seattle start from $150, and on average cost $163. Daily there are 2 Amtrak Empire Builder schedules to Seattle. Amtrak Empire Builder in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Seattle trains arrive at King St Station - 303 S Jackson St, From Chicago to Seattle train travel on Amtrak Empire Builder takes 46 hours and 10 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Empire Builder offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $166 for a one-way train ticket to Seattle.

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 Seattle?

Seattle has one train station:

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

Price trends for trains from Chicago to Seattle

Average prices by travel date

$285$190$95FebMar

Monthly average prices

$300$240$180$120$60MAMJJASONDJF

Prices as travel date approaches

$275$220$165$110$553020100

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