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Cheap train tickets from Boston to Chicago

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Schedule & Pricing Info

How much are train tickets from Boston to Chicago?

Lowest Price$95.00
Fastest Train21h 53m
Trains Per Day4
Train Lines2
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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Boston to Chicago
5.0
Based on 1 reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
5.0
Value
5.0
Condition
5.0
Anastasiia
5.0
August 17, 2019Couples trip
Pros
Everything were perfect
Cons
Sometimes it was too chilly in the train and some issues with WiFi on board
Tips
Pillow and blanket would be great addition for the coach seaters

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you find cheap train tickets from Boston to Chicago?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Boston to Chicago is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Boston to Chicago was $107.61. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 23 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $21.24 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from Boston to Chicago?

The distance between Boston and Chicago is approximately 849.05 miles, or 1366.07 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 23 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 21 hours and 53 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.

What is the busiest day for trains from Boston to Chicago?

On Friday trains from Boston to Chicago are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Monday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from Boston to Chicago?

Typically there are 4 schedules to compare for your trip to Chicago. On the route to Chicago 2 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited offers the most scheduled departures between Boston to Chicago, usually offering 3.3 trips per day. 2 train trips per day are direct connections to Chicago, if you're looking to get there faster, direct schedules will typically be more time efficient.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Boston to Chicago, which start at $89.00.

Here are the 2 train companies that operate from Boston to Chicago

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Boston to Chicago start from $146.00, and on average cost $200.43. Daily there are 2 Amtrak schedules to Chicago. Amtrak in Boston leaves from South Station and one other station. And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St,

From Boston to Chicago train travel on Amtrak takes 37 hours and 22 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 21 hours and 53 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $199.41 for a one-way train ticket to Chicago.

Avg. Time
1d 13h 22m
Avg. Price
$200.43

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited train tickets from Boston to Chicago start from $95.00, and on average cost $112.19. Daily there are 3.3 Amtrak Lake Shore Limited schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited in Boston leaves from South Station and one other station. And in Chicago trains arrive at Union Station - 225 S Canal St,

From Boston to Chicago train travel on Amtrak Lake Shore Limited takes 21 hours and 57 minutes. If you are looking to get to Chicago faster, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 21 hours and 53 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited offers 1.375 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $117.53 for a one-way train ticket to Chicago.

Avg. Time
21h 57m
Avg. Price
$112.19

Plan your next adventure

There are 2 train stations in Boston with trains to Chicago. For this route, the busiest departing train stations are:
  • South Station
  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St
There is one train station where trains from Boston arrive in Chicago:
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

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