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Elkhart-Chicago Train Schedule

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$35.00
7:29 AM
131 Tyler Ave
8:45 AM
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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Elkhart to Chicago. Traveling by train from Elkhart to Chicago usually takes around 2 hours and 22 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Limited train can make the trip in 2 hours and 16 minutes.

Distance86 mi (139 km)
Fastest train2h 16m
Lowest price$18.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lake Shore Limited
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Elkhart, IN to Chicago, IL

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Heather

February 15, 2021 - Solo travel

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Courteous and helpful staff. Clean and comfortable. Air temperature was very nice; not to hot, not to cold.

Courteous and helpful staff. Clean and comfortable. Air temperature was very nice; not to hot, not to cold.

4.0

Jeanette

October 25, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: I liked the spaciousness and it was pleasant to just ride in comfort! Cons: I was almost one hour late leaving. Coming back we left on time, but still got to me destination 30 minutes late. Tips: Bring your own healthy snacks.

Pros: I liked the spaciousness and it was pleasant to just ride in comfort! Cons: I was almost one hour late leaving. Coming back we left on time, but still got to me destination 30 minutes late. Tips: Bring your own healthy snacks.

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

In the last month, $18.87 was the average price of a train ticket from Elkhart, IN 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 $10.71 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 Elkhart to Chicago will vary between $18 and $27. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Elkhart over the next 7 days is $22. 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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Traveling from Elkhart to Chicago 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 $19 whenever you decide to board the train to Chicago.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Elkhart to Chicago remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Elkhart to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Elkhart, Indiana to Chicago, Illinois. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited 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 Capitol Limited12h 16m$29.07
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited22h 25m$21.12

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Elkhart 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.

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.

How long is the train journey from Elkhart to Chicago?

The distance between Elkhart and Chicago is approximately 86 miles, or 139 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 22 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 16 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 Elkhart to Chicago 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 Thursday 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 Elkhart at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00am. 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 Elkhart to Chicago?

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

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Elkhart. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Elkhart to Chicago for $13.00.

City Information

Chicago

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.

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 Elkhart?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Elkhart.

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Arrival stations

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.

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