Shelby to Fargo trains

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Shelby - Fargo Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Shelby to Fargo. Traveling by train from Shelby to Fargo usually takes around 14 hours and 53 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance708 mi (1140 km)
Fastest train14h 53m
Lowest price$98.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Builder
Train lines1

What is the price of a train ticket from Shelby to Fargo?

In the last month, $98.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Shelby to Fargo. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 7 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $24.00 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices


If you are trying to decide when to travel from Shelby to Fargo by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for March. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $98 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Shelby to Fargo in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $137 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.

Which train should you take from Shelby to Fargo?

Amtrak Empire Builder is the one and only train line which connects Shelby to Fargo. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Builder214h 53m$120.16
  • 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 Shelby to Fargo 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Shelby to Fargo?

The distance between Shelby and Fargo is approximately 708 miles, or 1140 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 14 hours and 53 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Shelby to Fargo on Thursday. Tickets for Thursday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Shelby at 11:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00am. 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 Shelby to Fargo?

Trains leave the station in Shelby twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Fargo 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 Fargo to Shelby.

City Information


Fargo conjures up thoughts of the Old West, a movie, and one part of a famous stage coach line in the 1800s. However, this isn't the 1800s, and Fargo is more than a collection of outdated old stereotypes. It's now a thriving city with plenty of hotel, dining, and entertainment options. It's also home to North Dakota State University, a national powerhouse in the Football Championship Subdivision, and a vibrant artistic scene.

On your trip to Fargo, North Dakota's largest city, visit the Plains Art Museum, the Fargo Air Museum, and Bonanzaville USA to learn about local history. The Red River Zoo will be a hit with kids.

A visit to the Drekker Brewery is a must for beer lovers. Everything is still done by hand with meticulous attention to the ingredients and the quality of its beers. But, of course, the best way to get into the Drekker vibe is to go to their taproom and try a few samples!

Jefferson Lines provides bus service to Fargo, with routes from Minneapolis, Denton, and even Los Angeles. You can also hop on a train to Fargo from Chicago, New Haven, and Petersburg.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Shelby?

Main departure station: 230 W Central Ave

There is one train station in Shelby.

All train stations in Shelby:

  • 230 W Central Ave

Where is the train station in Fargo?

Main arrival station: 420 4th St N

Fargo has one train station.

All train stations in Fargo:

  • 420 4th St N

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