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Trains from St Paul to Grand Forks

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St Paul - Grand Forks Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from St Paul to Grand Forks. Traveling by train from St Paul to Grand Forks usually takes around 6 hours and 22 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Builder train can make the trip in 6 hours and 21 minutes.

Distance278 mi (448 km)
Fastest train6h 21m
Lowest price$46.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Builder
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Saint Paul, MN to Grand Forks, ND

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)




May 13, 2020- Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Trip is timely and attitude of the staff is very friendly. Tips: I have discussed with my friends and family about the trip.

Pros: Trip is timely and attitude of the staff is very friendly. Tips: I have discussed with my friends and family about the trip.



June 15, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Conducive. Cons: To please be on schedule. Tips: No.

Pros: Conducive. Cons: To please be on schedule. Tips: No.



June 1, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Builder

I like the clean and quietly

I like the clean and quietly

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Which train should you take from St Paul to Grand Forks?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Builder26h 23m$48.70

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Saint Paul to Grand Forks 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.

How long is the train journey from St Paul to Grand Forks?

The distance between St Paul and Grand Forks is approximately 278 miles, or 448 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 22 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 21 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 Grand Forks are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 St Paul at 10:00pm 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 Grand Forks?

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 Grand Forks 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 Grand Forks to St Paul. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from St Paul to Grand Forks for $54.00.

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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Departure stations

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.

Where is the train station in Grand Forks?

Arrival stations

Grand Forks has one train station.

Need a return trip from Grand Forks to St Paul?

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