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Lowest Price$30.00
Fastest Train3h 20m
Trains Per Day7
Train Lines1
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Chicago-Madison Train Schedule

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Price trends for trains from Chicago to Madison

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Can you take a train all the way from Chicago to Madison?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Chicago to Madison, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

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

In the last month, $37.50 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Madison, WI. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Madison?

The distance between Chicago and Madison is approximately 122 miles, or 197 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 20 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 Madison 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 Monday 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 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Madison?

There are 7 scheduled trains on most days. 4 of these are direct connections to Madison. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Madison to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Madison for $23.00.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Madison?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Chicago, Illinois to Madison, Wisconsin. However, there are 7 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak74h 0m$37.50

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 Madison?

Madison receives travelers from Chicago at its two active train stations:

  • University of Wisconsin
  • 4 Collins Ct

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