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St Paul-Chicago Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from St Paul to Chicago?

Lowest Price$58.00
Fastest Train7h 55m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Saint Paul 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 St Paul to Chicago?

In the last month, $58.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Saint Paul, MN to Chicago, IL. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $19.88 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from St Paul to Chicago?

The distance between St Paul and Chicago is approximately 347 miles, or 558 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 55 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 St Paul to Chicago are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Monday 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 St Paul at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00am. 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 St Paul to Chicago?

Trains leave the station in St Paul twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Chicago with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to St Paul. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from St Paul to Chicago for $39.00.

Which train should you take from St Paul to Chicago?

Amtrak Empire Builder is the one and only train line which connects Saint Paul, Minnesota to Chicago, Illinois. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Builder27h 55m$60.39

Where is the train station in St Paul?

There is one train station in St Paul:

  • Union Depot

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Price trends for trains from St Paul to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25SepOct

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

$100$80$60$40$203020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Saint Paul, MN to Chicago, IL
4.0
Based on 2 ratings and reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Empire Builder report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
4.5
Value
4.0
Condition
3.5
Diane
4.0
March 2, 2020Visiting friends
Pros
Relaxing Didn’t have to drive.
Cons
The Bathrooms wereAWFUL!! Even when we asked about more tp... none arrived within the 6 hours of the trip.
Tips
Bring your own toilet paper...and hand santitizer!!
William
4.0
August 20, 2019Couples trip
Pros
Room seats. Observation car really nice. Pretty smooth and quiet ride.
Cons
Smokers were using lower level to smoke. This needs to be stopped. Train was very cold.

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