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Chicago-Columbus Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Columbus?

Lowest Price$24.00
Fastest Train2h 47m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Columbus 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 Columbus?

In the last month, $24.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Columbus, WI. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $21.12 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Columbus?

The distance between Chicago and Columbus is approximately 123 miles, or 198 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 47 minutes, Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Chicago to Columbus 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 Tuesday 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 2:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 2:00pm. 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 Columbus?

Trains leave the station in Chicago twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Columbus with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Columbus to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Columbus for $38.00.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Columbus?

Amtrak Empire Builder is the one and only train line which connects Chicago, Illinois to Columbus, Wisconsin. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Builder22h 48m$25.82

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 Columbus?

Columbus has one train station:

  • 359 N Ludington St

Price trends for trains from Chicago to Columbus

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10SepOct

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to Columbus, WI
5.0
Based on 1 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0
David
5.0
November 30, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Relaxing and viewing the country sideRelaxing and viewing the country side
Cons
Offer WiFi. Otherwise nothing else from my perspectiveOffer WiFi. Otherwise nothing else from my perspective
Tips
Keep cell conversations short. Keep cell conversations short.

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