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How much are train tickets from East Lansing to Chicago?

Lowest Price$24.00
Fastest Train4h 26m
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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for East Lansing to Chicago
Based on 16 reviews

Based on 16 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Blue Water report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 81 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
February 28, 2020Couples trip
We arrived early which was good because I was freezing.
Serious heating and air condition issues both coming and going! Serious issues. Serious.
Dress in layers because you never know how the HVAC will work. Also, be prepared to travel the enitre way facing backwards.
February 13, 2020Visiting friends
I appreciated how promptly the train departed, as well as the communication between staff and patrons concerning delays. I also appreciated the efforts of staff to encourage people to stow their belongings so that empty seats were clear and easy to find when boarding.
I believe that communication between trains could be improved to reduce delays. Our train had significant delays due to freight traffic when we were ironically just arriving in our destination city, which was incredibly frustrating. It took nearly two hours just to get ...More
Take a train that is scheduled to arrive multiple hours before you need to be there just in case of delays, as they seem to be quite common.
December 24, 2019Vacation
I love the scenery along the trip
Everything is excellent
Be at the station at least 30 minutes before boarding time
Maria Laura
December 26, 2019Solo travel
It was easy and comfortable
December 21, 2019Visiting family
The best trip ever

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from East Lansing 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. To review the latest news and updates on which companies have reduced routes, visit our COVID-19 Travel Alert.

In order to keep their 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.

How do you find cheap train tickets from East Lansing to Chicago?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets is to plan ahead and book your train travel early. In the past 30 days, $24.00 was the cheapest average price users have found for trains from East Lansing to Chicago. By booking your trip 14 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $15.75 compared to a same-day fare.

How long is the train journey from East Lansing to Chicago?

The distance between East Lansing and Chicago is approximately 171 miles, or 276 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 26 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 26 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 East Lansing 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?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves East Lansing at 8:00am and arrives in Chicago around 4 hours later.

How many trains per day run from East Lansing to Chicago?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Chicago with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to East Lansing. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from East Lansing to Chicago for $27.00.

What train services are there from East Lansing to Chicago?

Amtrak Blue Water is the one and only train line which connects East Lansing to Chicago. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.
TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Blue Water14h 26m$27.67

Where is the train station in East Lansing?

There is one train station in East Lansing:

  • Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

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