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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Normal to Chicago?

Lowest Price$13.00
Fastest Train2h 29m
Trains Per Day3
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Normal 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. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep 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.

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

In the last month, $13.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Normal, 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 11 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $10.24 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Normal to Chicago?

The distance between Normal and Chicago is approximately 118 miles, or 190 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 36 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 29 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 from Normal to Chicago 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 Friday 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 Normal at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. 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 Normal to Chicago?

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

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Normal. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Normal to Chicago for $31.00.

Which train should you take from Normal to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Normal, Illinois to Chicago, Illinois. Amtrak Lincoln Service usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Lincoln Service22h 32m$14.77
Amtrak Texas Eagle22h 44m$16.11

Where is the train station in Normal?

There is one train station in Normal:

  • Uptown Station - 11 Uptown Cir

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Normal, IL to Chicago, IL
Based on 6 ratings and reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Lincoln Service report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 83 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
November 23, 2019Visiting friends
That I didn't have to drive! The stations were very clean and staff was great.
I would like to see more Security or Police making rounds. I didn't see many security cameras in Chicago.
Sit back and relax!
October 18, 2019Vacation
It was a very easy and comfortable train ride both there and back. Cheap parking at the station.
Nothing at this time.
June 23, 2019Visiting friends
Everything went well
This was a good deal and a good trip
June 8, 2019Vacation
Didn’t have to deal with traffic.
Be prepared if train is delayed.

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