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Boston-Chicago Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Boston to Chicago?

Lowest Price$95.00
Fastest Train21h 53m
Trains Per Day3
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

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

In the last month, $98.57 was the average price of a train ticket from Boston, MA to Chicago, IL. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 20 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $38.30 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Boston to Chicago?

The distance between Boston and Chicago is approximately 849 miles, or 1366 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 24 hours and 39 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Boston to Chicago are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Boston at 12:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 12:00pm. 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 Boston to Chicago?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Chicago. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Boston. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Boston to Chicago for $118.00.

Which train should you take from Boston to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Boston, Massachusetts to Chicago, Illinois. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited usually has more trains scheduled, with 4 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak21d 13h 29m$144.70
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited421h 57m$104.78

Where is the train station in Boston?

There are two stations in Boston where you can board the train to Chicago:

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St
  • South Station

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Price trends for trains from Boston to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

$120$80$40SepSep

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Boston, MA to Chicago, IL
5.0
Based on 1 ratings and 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

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