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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Ann Arbor to Chicago. Traveling by train from Ann Arbor to Chicago usually takes around 4 hours and 43 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Wolverine train can make the trip in 4 hours and 18 minutes.

Distance201 mi (324 km)
Fastest train4h 18m
Lowest price$40.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Wolverine
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Ann Arbor to Chicago

(Based on 22 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Jewel

August 30, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Wolverine

Pros: Could work and travel at the same time. Cons: Wi-Fi on train could be better. Tips: Bring a sweatshirt because it's cold on the train.

Pros: Could work and travel at the same time. Cons: Wi-Fi on train could be better. Tips: Bring a sweatshirt because it's cold on the train.

5.0

Christine

December 28, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Wolverine

Staff were very nice.

Staff were very nice.

5.0

Tamsey

September 29, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Wolverine

Not driving

Not driving

5.0

Lakia

August 14, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Wolverine

Nice

Nice

5.0

Marcel

July 24, 2021- Business

Amtrak Wolverine

Everything...

Everything...

Ann Arbor to Chicago Route Map

Ann Arbor Chicago

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

In the last month, $40.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Ann Arbor to Chicago. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. 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 $22.58 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$90$60$30SepOct

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Ann Arbor to Chicago will vary between $40 and $79. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Ann Arbor over the next 7 days is $40. 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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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Ann Arbor to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $44 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Ann Arbor to Chicago in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $65 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Chicago from Ann Arbor will be about $22.58 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Ann Arbor to Chicago?

Amtrak Wolverine is the one and only train line which connects Ann Arbor to Chicago. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Wolverine34h 44m$52.58
  • Amtrak Wolverine

    Amtrak Wolverine

    The Amtrak Wolverine provides rail service from Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan, and offers 3 trips per day. Each train features amenities such as a cafe car and onboard WiFi. The average ticket price from Ann Arbor to Chicago on the Wolverine is , but you can find deals for as low as $40.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Ann Arbor 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Ann Arbor to Chicago?

The distance between Ann Arbor and Chicago is approximately 201 miles, or 324 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 18 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 departing from Ann Arbor to Chicago tend to have the most passengers on Monday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Monday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Friday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Ann Arbor at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 Ann Arbor to Chicago?

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

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Ann Arbor.

City Information

Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is a quirky city filled with interesting secrets for curious travelers. The first thing to do in Ann Arbor is to check out its crown jewel, the University of Michigan. Boasting as many as 30 libraries and more than 16 museums, the university will fulfill every culturally-inclined traveler’s desires with ease. Nature lovers who enjoy a breath of fresh air should consider hopping on the Huron River Water Trail, which offers plenty of opportunities for paddling. Also don’t miss out on a show at the famous Michigan Theater, which offers retro shows and live acts.

Travelers can enjoy an authentic Ann Arbor culinary experience at Kerrytown, a historic quarter in the city. Located there are the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, as well as Zingerman’s Deli, both of which are local favorites.

The Amtrak station at 325 Depot St serves as the city’s main hub for both bus and train travel. From the station you can catch a bus or train to various cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and beyond. Ann Arbor is served by Amtrak’s Wolverine line. The city’s main airport is the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport.

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 and a top destination in Illinois.

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 Ann Arbor?

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Main departure station: 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station

The Ann Arbor Amtrak Station is located in the downtown area of Ann Arbor at 325 Depot St and handles most of the city’s rail transportation. The station is served by the Wolverine line, which runs from Pontiac to Chicago three times each day. Intercity bus service from Barons Bus Lines, Miller Transportation, and Greyhound also stop at the Depot St station. Metered parking is available on-site, and the station building includes public restrooms and a convenient taxi stand. Several restaurants are in the surrounding area, and if you have time to kill before your train, take a short walk to the scenic Broadway Park along Huron River.

All train stations in Ann Arbor:

  • 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station

Where is the train station in Chicago?

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Main arrival station: Union Station

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.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station

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