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St Louis-Chicago Train Schedule

Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from St Louis to Chicago?

Lowest Price$25.00
Fastest Train5h 25m
Trains Per Day3
Train Lines3

St Louis to Chicago Route Map

St Louis Chicago

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to travel by train or by bus from St. Louis to Chicago?

Traveling by train and traveling by bus from St. Louis to Chicago both have their perks. The average travel time on each mode of transportation is about 5 hours 30 minutes, making that a wash, but there are a few distinct differences.

While traveling by train tends to be a more comfortable option, bus tickets are typically cheaper. Train tickets from St. Louis to Chicago average about $30, whereas bus tickets cost an average of $15.

The other main point of comparison is the number of options per day. There are 5 daily trains that cover this route, all of which are direct. By bus there are 22 daily trips, but only 5 of them are direct.

How many trains per day go from St. Louis to Chicago?

There are 5 trains per day that go from St. Louis to Chicago, serviced by 2 different Amtrak lines: the Amtrak Lincoln Service and the Amtrak Texas Eagle.

Is it safe to travel by train from St Louis 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.

Can you take a train all the way from St Louis to Chicago?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from St Louis to Chicago. 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.

What is the price of a train ticket from St Louis to Chicago?

In the last month, $29.37 was the average price of a train ticket from St Louis, MO to Chicago, IL. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $16.21 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between St Louis and Chicago is approximately 262 miles, or 422 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 10 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 25 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 Louis to Chicago 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 Louis at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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 Louis to Chicago?

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

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

Which train should you take from St Louis to Chicago?

There are 3 train lines with service from St Louis, Missouri to Chicago, Illinois. Amtrak Lincoln Service is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak110h 15m$76.74
Amtrak Lincoln Service25h 33m$30.72
Amtrak Texas Eagle25h 58m$31.24

Where is the train station in St Louis?

There is one train station in St Louis:

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago has one train station:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Price trends for trains from St Louis to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from St Louis, MO to Chicago, IL
4.6
Based on 22 ratings and reviews

Based on 19 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Lincoln Service report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 83 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.1
Staff
4.2
Value
4.2
Condition
4.3
Frank
5.0
November 19, 2019Business
Pros
No pressure, no hassles, no frenzied hurrying around. Met some new friends. A bygone era reborn. Loved it! Will do this more often. Can't wait for the next trip!
Cons
The St. Louis, MO station compared to others is shabby and not in great place. They should move it back to Union Station.
Tips
Sit back relax and enjoy the ride.
Justin
4.0
November 3, 2019Business
Pros
I liked the wifi access on the Amtrak, allowed me to study for school on my way back to Chicago.
Cons
N/A
Tips
bring snacks!
Amrita
4.0
November 3, 2019Visiting family
Tips
Better wifi would've made a big difference. It was very spotty so I couldn't get much work done.
Ugoada
4.0
September 2, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Experiencing Rural America for the first time. Some nice scenery on the route.
Cons
UPGRADE OF THE TRAIN. NOT SO MODERN TOILET SYSTEM DOESN'T FLUSH. THAT'S A NO NO!!!
Tips
TRAVEL LIGHT, NOT MORE THAN ONE PIECE OF LUGGAGE.
Kenan
4.0
August 15, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Spacious, clean and comfortable only problem was the AC wasn’t working in our cabin

Based on 3 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Texas Eagle report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.7
Staff
4.0
Value
4.3
Condition
4.0
Aurelia
5.0
June 27, 2020Visiting family
Pros
How spacious it was. Had room for all my bags and things.
Cons
Nothing. It was absolutely great.
Tips
N/A
Charlotte
4.0
August 9, 2019Vacation
Cons
More choices of snacks.
Marilyn
4.0
July 2, 2019Vacation
Pros
Comfortable conditions
Cons
Restroom cleaning could be better

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