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How much are train tickets from Baltimore to Chicago?

Lowest Price$85.00
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Price trends for trains from Baltimore to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

$135$90$45AugAug

Monthly average prices

$175$140$105$70$35SONDJFMAMJJA

Prices as travel date approaches

$150$120$90$60$303020100

Frequently Asked Questions

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

In the last month, $93.20 was the average price of a train ticket from Baltimore, MD to Chicago, IL. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 19 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $45.81 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Baltimore to Chicago?

The distance between Baltimore and Chicago is approximately 605 miles, or 973 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 21 hours and 55 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 19 hours and 5 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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore at 9:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 1:00pm. 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 Baltimore to Chicago?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Baltimore to Chicago. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Baltimore. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Baltimore to Chicago for $57.00.

Which train should you take from Baltimore to Chicago?

2 train services operate from Baltimore, Maryland to Chicago, Illinois. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak521h 30m$100.79
Amtrak Cardinal11d 1h 26m$89.13

Where is the train station in Baltimore?

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

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St
  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

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