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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Kankakee to Carbondale. Traveling by train from Kankakee to Carbondale usually takes around 4 hours and 14 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 3 hours and 58 minutes.

Distance245 mi (395 km)
Fastest train3h 58m
Lowest price$26.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Illini Service
Train lines4

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, IL to Carbondale, IL. 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 18 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $8.13 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Kankakee to Carbondale will vary between $26 and $29. Planning a train trip to Carbondale within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Kankakee over the next 7 days is $26. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

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 December. 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 January, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $48 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 18 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Carbondale from Kankakee will be about $8.13 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Kankakee to Carbondale?

There are 4 train lines with service from Kankakee, Illinois to Carbondale, Illinois. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak24h 12m$32.00
Amtrak City of New Orleans13h 58m$28.83
Amtrak Illini Service14h 23m$27.56
Amtrak Saluki14h 23m$26.90
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from Kankakee to Carbondale every day, as well as 0 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $32.

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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.

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.

Can you take a train all the way from Kankakee to Carbondale?

Yes, there are some trains that travel the entire distance from Kankakee to Carbondale. However, in some cases you will have to take a bus for part of your journey in addition to taking the train.

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 14 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?

Trains from Kankakee to Carbondale 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 Kankakee at 9:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. 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?

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Kankakee to Carbondale.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Carbondale to Kankakee. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Kankakee to Carbondale for $69.00.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Kankakee?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Kankakee.

Where is the train station in Carbondale?

Arrival stations

Carbondale has one train station.

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