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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from St Louis to Chicago. Traveling by train from St Louis to Chicago usually takes around 6 hours and 24 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Lincoln Service train can make the trip in 5 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance262 mi (422 km)
Fastest train5h 25m
Lowest price$25.00
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lincoln Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from St Louis, MO to Chicago, IL

(Based on 30 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Omari

October 5, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: Everything safe and comfortable. Cons: It was alright for me don't have a problem. Tips: It was my first time riding on a train it's safe and comfortable I really loved it.

Pros: Everything safe and comfortable. Cons: It was alright for me don't have a problem. Tips: It was my first time riding on a train it's safe and comfortable I really loved it.

5.0

Michelle

July 26, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: I loved not having to drive and being able to sit back and nap or watch the view or just do whatever other than drive. Cons: I haven't been on Amtrak since I was a kid so this was very pleasurable. I plan to take more train trips. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ri...

Pros: I loved not having to drive and being able to sit back and nap or watch the view or just do whatever other than drive. Cons: I haven't been on Amtrak since I was a kid so this was very pleasurable. I plan to take more train trips. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ride. Everyone wore masks. Staff was friendly and helped with bags. A very nice ride.

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4.0

Sherri

July 13, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Lincoln Service

I hadn't rode a train in years. To my surprise there was great leg room.

I hadn't rode a train in years. To my surprise there was great leg room.

5.0

Ashwini Kumar

June 9, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: Excellent & Very Good Experience !! Extremely Comfortable!! Would DEFINITELY travel again by Amtrak !!! Cons: When the Conductor Speaks,he is NOT CLEARLY DECIPHERABLE as to what he is Speaking.If he can speak More distinctly,Would b Excellent!!! Tips: Definitely ...

Pros: Excellent & Very Good Experience !! Extremely Comfortable!! Would DEFINITELY travel again by Amtrak !!! Cons: When the Conductor Speaks,he is NOT CLEARLY DECIPHERABLE as to what he is Speaking.If he can speak More distinctly,Would b Excellent!!! Tips: Definitely try out Amtrak for long distance travels.Definitely A Pleasurable Experience & surely will NOT Regret it !!!

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5.0

brandi

April 15, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Lincoln Service

Pros: Took our 16 yr old son to Chicago for his first time. He enjoyed himself. Cons: The train was dirty that could be improved.

Pros: Took our 16 yr old son to Chicago for his first time. He enjoyed himself. Cons: The train was dirty that could be improved.

St Louis to Chicago Route Map

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

In the last month, $34.15 was the average price of a train ticket from St Louis, MO to Chicago, IL. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $7.45 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from St Louis to Chicago will vary between $32 and $47. Planning a train trip to Chicago within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from St Louis over the next 7 days is $35. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from St Louis to Chicago by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $34 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from St Louis to Chicago in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $42 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.

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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 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Chicago from St Louis will be about $7.45 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

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 the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 4 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak110h 16m$77.29
Amtrak Lincoln Service45h 37m$32.33
Amtrak Texas Eagle15h 57m$32.91
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    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 1 Amtrak trains from St Louis to Chicago every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $72.

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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 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 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.

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 24 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 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 Wednesday 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 11:00pm. 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 6 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Chicago. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

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 $29.00.

City Information

St Louis

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St. Louis is one of several major cities in the state of Missouri and it is uniquely located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The city is usually recognized by its most distinctive feature, the Gateway Arch, thanks to which it is the only city in the United States that has a national park in the heart of its downtown district. The Arch is a must-see attraction and you can even take a tram to the top for some incredible views of the St. Louis skyline.

Some of the other truly unique attractions you can visit while you’re in town include the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis where you can check out an incredible collection of dolls, dollhouses and vignettes, and the City Museum where you can ride down a 10-story spiral slide (yup, you read that right.) For a great outdoor experience, stop by the gorgeous Missouri Botanical Garden, and then take a stroll through Citygarden where you will find various quirky statues and installations worthy of being featured in your Instagram feed.

Ale enthusiasts would be excited to know that St. Louis is one of the best craft beer cities in the U.S. as well as one of the cheapest drinking cities. That means your party budget could take you a long way. Unsurprisingly, the city is also among the best spring break destinations on a budget.

The main bus and train station in St. Louis, Gateway Station, is located right in the center of downtown, not far from the Gateway Arch, which makes coming in and out of the city a breeze.

Chicago

Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.

Station Information

Where is the train station in St Louis?

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Departure stations

Gateway Station opened in 2008 to consolidate St Louis’ transportation services into one central hub. The station’s award-winning design includes a pedestrian walkway with expansive colored glass windows overlooking the train tracks. Perfectly located in the heart of downtown St Louis, the station is surrounded by bars, restaurants, and hotels and is just a few blocks from Busch Stadium and the iconic Gateway Arch. Amenities inside the station include free Wifi, a food court, and a lounge for Amtrak’s First Class passengers. Gateway Station is a major stop for intercity bus service, several Amtrak train lines, and the city’s MetroLink which can connect you with the St Louis Lambert International Airport in just 30 minutes.

Where is the train station in Chicago?

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Arrival stations

The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

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