Trains from Kankakee to Carbondale

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Kankakee - Carbondale Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Kankakee to Carbondale. Traveling by train from Kankakee to Carbondale usually takes around 4 hours and 13 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak City of New Orleans train can make the trip in 3 hours and 58 minutes.

Distance245 mi (395 km)
Fastest train3h 58m
Lowest price$26.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Illini Service
Train lines2

What is the price of a train ticket from Kankakee to Carbondale?

In the last month, $26.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Kankakee to Carbondale. 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 11 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $30.33 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Kankakee to Carbondale by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $27 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Kankakee to Carbondale in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $36 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 11 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Carbondale from Kankakee will be about $30.33 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Kankakee to Carbondale?

2 train services operate from Kankakee to Carbondale. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak City of New Orleans13h 59m$36.68
Amtrak Illini Service14h 24m$42.60
  • Amtrak City of New Orleans

    Amtrak City of New Orleans

    The City of New Orleans is an Amtrak route that runs daily trains from Chicago to New Orleans and vice versa. The City of New Orleans includes a sightseer lounge with panoramic windows for the best views of the five states along the route. Affordable Coach seats cost about for a trip from Kankakee to Carbondale. However, the City of New Orleans also offers private roomettes and bedrooms for added comfort and luxury (and a higher price). Passengers who book sleeper accommodations will enjoy included meals, and all passengers can stop into the cafe car to purchase meals and snacks.

  • Amtrak Illini Service

    Amtrak Illini Service

    Since 1973, Amtrak's Illini Service has provided reliable train transportation to 11 Illinois cities. The Illini operates as an evening commuter train from Chicago to Carbondale, while its sister train, the Amtrak Saluki, runs the morning route. Commuters rely on this service as a safe and convenient transportation option every day. Each train offers WiFi and power outlets, plus a cafe car and business class seating. Illini trains meet the highest federal standard for reducing emissions, with up to 90% less greenhouse gas emissions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Kankakee to Carbondale 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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.

How long is the train journey from Kankakee to Carbondale?

The distance between Kankakee and Carbondale is approximately 245 miles, or 395 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 13 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 58 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Kankakee to Carbondale on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Kankakee at 5:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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 Kankakee to Carbondale?

Trains leave the station in Kankakee twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Carbondale 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 Carbondale to Kankakee.

City Information

Carbondale

Carbondale, one the best vacation destinations in Illinois, is best known for its proximity to Shawnee National Forest and the Garden of the Gods: one of the most Instagrammed sites in the state. This quiet paradise is filled with lush trees bordering miles of hiking trails and scenic drives. The enormous sandstone bluffs in Giant City State Park attract rock climbers and rappellers looking for their next adventure. Boo Rochman Memorial Park offers a unique, family-friendly experience– a park filled with wooden sculptures of dragons, unicorns, wizards, and more. The park’s centerpiece, a massive wood and stone castle, features an elaborate jungle gym with stairs, tunnels, and an ogre or two.

Threaded by Main Street, downtown Carbondale is known for its Historic Town Square and charming, old-school architecture. The whole area is easily walkable, so you can peruse local shops for bike gear, art, vintage clothes, musical instruments, and everything in between. The SIU University Museum is a must-see, with no entry fee and a variety of exhibitions about the history and culture of the region. While in the area, explore Campus Lake and Pulliam Hall clocktower, or catch a football game at Saluki Stadium.

Bus services connect Seattle, Chicago, and Phoenix to Carbondale. Amtrak has multiple lines from the city to Memphis, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The nearest airport is Marion Williamson County Regional.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Kankakee?

Main departure station: 199 S East Ave

There is one train station in Kankakee.

All train stations in Kankakee:

  • 199 S East Ave

Where is the train station in Carbondale?

Main arrival station: 401 S Illinois Ave

Carbondale has one train station.

All train stations in Carbondale:

  • 401 S Illinois Ave

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