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Mattoon - Champaign Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Mattoon to Champaign. Traveling by train from Mattoon to Champaign usually takes around 43 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak City of New Orleans train can make the trip in 42 minutes.

Distance44 mi (71 km)
Fastest train0h 42m
Lowest price$3.50
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Saluki
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Mattoon to Champaign

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Ronald

December 28, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Saluki

Pros: Convenient locations. Cons: We had to go upstairs and I have a bad knee and I had two little ones with me. Tips: Don’t hog seats especially if you are traveling together and see an older person strutting climb stairs.

Pros: Convenient locations. Cons: We had to go upstairs and I have a bad knee and I had two little ones with me. Tips: Don’t hog seats especially if you are traveling together and see an older person strutting climb stairs.

4.0

Aniya

September 7, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Illini Service

Pros: I like that I got to sit by myself. Cons: The staff can be nicer. Tips: Be safe.

Pros: I like that I got to sit by myself. Cons: The staff can be nicer. Tips: Be safe.

What is the price of a train ticket from Mattoon to Champaign?

In the last month, $5.25 was the average price of a train ticket from Mattoon to Champaign. 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 7 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $1.75 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Mattoon to Champaign by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $4 whenever you decide to board the train to Champaign.

Which train should you take from Mattoon to Champaign?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak City of New Orleans10h 42m$6.33
Amtrak Saluki10h 43m$7.00
  • 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 Mattoon to Champaign. 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 Saluki

    Amtrak Saluki

    Since its inception in 2006, the Amtrak Saluki line has offered daily train trips between Chicago and Carbondale. The Amtrak Saluki operates along 500 kilometers of railroad, stopping at numerous midwestern towns like Kankakee, Rantoul, and Effingham. The trains on this line are equipped with onboard WiFi, power outlets, air conditioning, and a cafe car, with the option to upgrade to business class seating. This line is known for using trains that produce 90% fewer carbon emissions than other trains, meaning that your trip is green as well as convenient.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Mattoon to Champaign 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 Mattoon to Champaign?

The distance between Mattoon and Champaign is approximately 44 miles, or 71 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 42 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Champaign.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Mattoon to Champaign are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Mattoon at 5:00am 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.

Is there a direct train from Mattoon to Champaign?

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

City Information

Champaign

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Champaign, IL - CHM-1

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A significant hub for the Silicone Prairie, Champaign is a stunning city with many exciting landmarks to visit. The downtown area of Champaign is perhaps its busiest area, with over 40 different bars, art galleries, and boutique shops for you to enjoy. To enjoy arthouse films or independent productions, head over to the Art Theater, which also hosts special screenings. The campustown area near the University of Illinois hosts not only cheap eateries but also fine dining spots. The area tends to get crowded at night since students will be out on the street to enjoy the hopping nightlife.

As a busy college town, Champaign naturally has a very vibrant food scene with many excellent dining options. Radio Maria is a unique Spanish establishment with very colorful Spanish decorations and amazing tapas dishes. Those who want something more exotic and exciting could check out DESTIHL, which offers unique home-cooked dishes and great artisan beers.

The Illinois Terminal is Champaign's primary bus and train station, served by Amtrak, Burlington Trailways, Jefferson Lines, Peoria Charter, and Greyhound. From Champaign, you can continue your journey and visit some of the other top destinations in Illinois.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Mattoon?

Main departure station: 1718 Broadway Ave

There is one train station in Mattoon.

All train stations in Mattoon:

  • 1718 Broadway Ave

Where is the train station in Champaign?

Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave  - CHMAMT-0

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Main arrival station: Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave

The Illinois Terminal is located at 45 East University Avenue in Champaign. The transport center opened in 1999, and now provides bus and train service in the Champaign-Urbana area. The terminal is served by Amtrak, Burlington Trailways, Greyhound, Peoria Charter, Jefferson Lines, and local mass transit. Make sure to wait in the correct station building; Champaign’s old train station, dating to 1898, is just across the street. The Illinois Terminal offers short-term parking, fast food, and even meeting spaces and banquet halls. Thanks to the station’s convenient location, some of the best restaurants and bars in downtown Champaign are just a short walk away.

All train stations in Champaign:

  • Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave

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