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How much are train tickets from Effingham to Chicago?

Lowest Price$22.00
Fastest Train3h 53m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines2
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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Effingham to Chicago
Based on 5 reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
November 26, 2019Business
Great way to travel especially over the holidays. Outlets for cellphones to keep charged and very comfortable. I did not have to deal with traffic and a place to park in Chicago.

Based on 4 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Saluki report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 75 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
October 26, 2019Vacation
Ease of boarding and reaching Chicago
August 8, 2019Vacation
Nice to take train to Chicago and not worry about traffic and parking.
Really no complaints other than on return trip there was a man in front of us who talked on cellphone (loudly) for at least half-hour.
Not really.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Effingham to Chicago 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. To review the latest news and updates on which companies have reduced routes, visit our COVID-19 Travel Alert.

In order to keep their 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.

How do you find cheap train tickets from Effingham to Chicago?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets is to plan ahead and book your train travel early. In the past 30 days, $22.00 was the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Effingham to Chicago. By booking your trip 14 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $16.52 compared to a same-day fare.

How long is the train journey from Effingham to Chicago?

The distance between Effingham and Chicago is approximately 197 miles, or 316 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 5 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 53 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 Effingham to Chicago 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 Effingham at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many trains per day run from Effingham to Chicago?

Trains leave the station in Effingham twice a day, so thre are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Chicago 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 Chicago to Effingham. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Effingham to Chicago for $13.00.

What train services are there from Effingham to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Effingham to Chicago. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.
TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak City of New Orleans14h 18m$23.45
Amtrak Saluki13h 53m$23.74

Where is the train station in Effingham?

There is one train station in Effingham:

  • 401 W National Ave

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

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