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Lincoln - Chicago Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Lincoln to Chicago. Traveling by train from Lincoln to Chicago usually takes around 3 hours and 10 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Lincoln Service train can make the trip in 2 hours and 57 minutes.

Distance150 mi (241 km)
Fastest train2h 57m
Lowest price$15.00
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lincoln Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Lincoln to Chicago

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)




October 20, 2021- Couples trip

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: It was very good to get away for a day with my husband and not need to worry about much! Cons: For us, everything was great! Tips: Not at this time. It was my first time going on Amtrak or any train.

Pros: It was very good to get away for a day with my husband and not need to worry about much! Cons: For us, everything was great! Tips: Not at this time. It was my first time going on Amtrak or any train.



September 10, 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: The train is always on time and the stations are conveniently located. Good value for a trip and many times to choose from. Cons: Need a way to purchase tickets at the Lincoln station. Does not need to be 24/7 There is someone working in the tourist/visitor cent...

Pros: The train is always on time and the stations are conveniently located. Good value for a trip and many times to choose from. Cons: Need a way to purchase tickets at the Lincoln station. Does not need to be 24/7 There is someone working in the tourist/visitor center many times during the week. At least kiosk that a ticket can be purchased during the time the center is open. I bought mine through the app on my phone and at other stations. Not everyone has those opinions. Union station in Chicago needs more signs directing ways to the different exits. Perhaps an occasional arrow on the floor with the street name on it. Signs there now are helpful but few and far between. I have been there many times and can navigate easily but there are enough twists and turns to confuse a first time visitor. Tips: Interact with the staff on the train. They are always very friendly and helpful.


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

In the last month, $18.93 was the average price of a train ticket from Lincoln, IL to Chicago, 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 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $20.26 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Lincoln to Chicago will vary between $18 and $28. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Lincoln over the next 7 days is $18. 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


If you are trying to decide when to travel from Lincoln to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $19 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Lincoln to Chicago in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $24 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


If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Chicago from Lincoln will be about $20.26 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Lincoln to Chicago?

There are 3 train lines with service from Lincoln to Chicago. Amtrak Lincoln Service is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 3 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13h 7m$23.37
Amtrak Lincoln Service33h 6m$21.67
Amtrak Texas Eagle13h 24m$27.70
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Lincoln to Chicago every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $19.

  • Amtrak Lincoln Service

    Amtrak Lincoln Service

    Amtrak Lincoln Service is part of Amtrak's Illinois Service, providing rail transportation throughout Illinois. The Lincoln Service travels 284 miles between St. Louis and Chicago with nine intermediate stops. Amtrak Lincoln trains offer WiFi connectivity, power outlets, business class seating, and a cafe car to ensure passengers have the most comfortable journey possible.

  • Amtrak Texas Eagle

    Amtrak Texas Eagle

    Amtrak Texas Eagle train tickets from Lincoln to Chicago start from $15, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Texas Eagle schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Texas Eagle in Lincoln leaves from 101 N Chicago St . And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station .

    From Lincoln to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Texas Eagle takes 3 hours and 24 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak Texas Eagle offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 57 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Chicago on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Texas Eagle scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Lincoln.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Lincoln and Chicago is approximately 150 miles, or 241 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 10 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 57 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 departing from Lincoln to Chicago tend to have the most passengers on Tuesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Tuesday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Saturday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Lincoln at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 Lincoln to Chicago?

There are 5 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Lincoln to Chicago.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Lincoln.

City Information


Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials and a top destination in Illinois.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Lincoln?

Main departure station: 101 N Chicago St

There is one train station in Lincoln.

All train stations in Lincoln:

  • 101 N Chicago St

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Main arrival station: Union Station

The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station

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