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St Paul - Whitefish Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from St Paul to Whitefish. Traveling by train from St Paul to Whitefish usually takes around 23 hours and 39 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Builder train can make the trip in 23 hours and 36 minutes.

Distance1031 mi (1660 km)
Fastest train23h 36m
Lowest price$140.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Builder
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Saint Paul to Whitefish

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Margaret

October 16, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Loaded departure train on schedule. With some disability, l struggled with stairs. Was not offered lower floor seating. Surprised that freighters take precedence over passenger train. Many slowdowns and stops. Seats comfortable to sit, not so much to sleep. Food ...

Pros: Loaded departure train on schedule. With some disability, l struggled with stairs. Was not offered lower floor seating. Surprised that freighters take precedence over passenger train. Many slowdowns and stops. Seats comfortable to sit, not so much to sleep. Food in dining car was VG!! Liked the snack bar alternative, but required using the steps. Cons: Offer someone disabled like me lower floor seating. Snack bar better on upper level? Warmer temp in cars! Tips: Bring blanket, dress for cool in cars.

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5.0

David

September 28, 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Great staff and on time service. Cons: There was chewing gum under the window carriage that ended up all over my cell phone. Tips: Relax and enjoy.

Pros: Great staff and on time service. Cons: There was chewing gum under the window carriage that ended up all over my cell phone. Tips: Relax and enjoy.

What is the price of a train ticket from St Paul to Whitefish?

In the last month, $141.91 was the average price of a train ticket from Saint Paul to Whitefish. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 12 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $63.42 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from St Paul to Whitefish by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for May. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $147 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from St Paul to Whitefish in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $161 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 12 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Whitefish from Saint Paul will be about $63.42 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from St Paul to Whitefish?

2 train services operate from Saint Paul to Whitefish. Amtrak Empire Builder usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak21d 6h 4m$201.67
Amtrak Empire Builder223h 36m$153.91
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from Saint Paul to Whitefish every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $191.

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  • Amtrak Empire Builder

    Amtrak Empire Builder

    The Amtrak Empire Builder is a long-distance passenger rail service that has been in operation since 1929. The full 2,200-mile route takes 45 hours to connect Chicago with the Pacific Northwest. Don’t let the length of the trip intimidate you; the Empire Builder is one of Amtrak’s most popular services, and often rated as the most scenic train route in the country. The sightseer lounge, home to enormous windows, is the perfect place to drink in the incredible views of the Mississippi River, the North Dakota Plains, Glacier National Park, and the Columbia River Gorge. Overnight trips on the Empire Builder include the option to book sleeper cabins, for a more comfortable journey and included meals. All passengers can purchase meals or snacks in the cafe car.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Saint Paul to Whitefish 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.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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.

Can you take a train all the way from St Paul to Whitefish?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from St Paul to Whitefish. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

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

The distance between St Paul and Whitefish is approximately 1031 miles, or 1660 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 23 hours and 39 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 23 hours and 36 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 St Paul to Whitefish tend to have the most passengers on Tuesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Tuesday. 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 St Paul at 1:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. 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 St Paul to Whitefish?

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 Whitefish 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 Whitefish to St Paul.

City Information

St Paul

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Saint Paul is the capital of Minnesota, and is one of the Twin Cities, along with its neighbor across the Mississippi River, Minneapolis. As the seat of Minnesota's government, Saint Paul offers historic and cultural attractions which represent both the state and the American Midwest as a whole.

For a comprehensive introduction to the region's history, start your trip at the Minnesota History Center, just down the street from the grounds of the State Capitol building. There are museums in Saint Paul for all types of interests, including the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Schubert Club Musical Instrument Museum. For an extra dash of Saint Paul history, take a stroll down Summit Avenue, a stylish street of drool-worthy Victorian houses and mansions, including the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

If you're brave enough to visit Saint Paul during the freezing winters, you'll be rewarded with the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, a yearly event where you can explore ice palaces, watch live ice sculpting, and compete in city-wide scavenger hunts. Saint Paul is also one of the country's best cities for craft beer, so save time to taste some local ales or even brew your own beer at Vine Park Brewing Co.

Saint Paul is a hub for travel in the Midwest thanks in part to Amtrak's Empire Builder train service which stops at Saint Paul Union Depot. Bus service from stations throughout town and nearby Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport make it easy to travel to and from this saintly city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in St Paul?

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Main departure station: Union Depot

Located right on the banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood, Union Depot has a remarkable history dating back to 1881. It remains the major transport hub of Saint Paul, as well as the designated station for Amtrak service in the Twin Cities. Besides the long-haul Empire Builder train, the station serves Jefferson Lines and Greyhound intercity buses and connects to local public transit. Within the Union Depot complex, you’ll find a coffee shop, restaurant, bike shop, rental car agency, and can even join a public tour to admire the architecture and learn about the station’s storied past.

All train stations in St Paul:

  • Union Depot

  • Bus Terminal - 901 University Ave

  • 642 University Drive - Towers Hall

  • 1120 Kirby Dr

  • 2750 120th St

  • 228 W Michigan St

Where is the train station in Whitefish?

Main arrival station: Whitefish Cmnty Library

Whitefish has one train station.

All train stations in Whitefish:

  • Whitefish Cmnty Library

Need a return trip from Whitefish to St Paul?

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