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Whitefish - Minot Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 2 daily train trips available from Whitefish to Minot. Traveling by train from Whitefish to Minot usually takes 13 hours and 42 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance599 mi (963 km)
Fastest train13h 42m
Lowest price$65.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Builder
Train lines1

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

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Whitefish to Minot was $72.50. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Minot if you book your train tickets at least 6 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $70.50.

Monthly avg. prices

You can find the lowest prices on this route during October. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Whitefish to Minot, with the average price at just $84. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in July, when the average price goes up to $168. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Which train should you take from Whitefish to Minot?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Builder213h 42m$125.05
  • 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

The distance between Whitefish and Minot is approximately 599 miles, or 963 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 13 hours and 42 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.

Friday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Whitefish to Minot. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Friday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Tuesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Whitefish at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

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

City Information


Minot, ND, US - MOT-0

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Minot is a North Dakota city home to the Minot Air Force Base as well as the Dakota Territory Air Museum. The Scandinavian Heritage Park is another top site for history buffs, which honors the immigrant history in Minot. Close to the Souris River, you can visit the Roosevelt Park Zoo, which houses a wide range of birds, big cats, and bears. Minot offers a chance to go canoeing, kayaking, or fishing at Roosevelt Park or hiking at the amazing parks and trails. The city features great golf courses too.

One of the highlights of Minot is the Norsk Hostfest, an annual Scandinavian festival held each fall. This is North America's biggest Scandinavian festival, with fun shows and delicious food. Minot also features a thriving craft beer scene, with Souris River Brewing being the first to open. The downtown area is not far from Souris River and offers local stores, exciting nightlife, and shopping opportunities.

If you're moving within Minot, you get transportation services from the Minot City Transit. Most visitors come to town on Amtrak.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Whitefish?

Main departure station: Whitefish Cmnty Library

There is one train station in Whitefish.

All train stations in Whitefish:

  • Whitefish Cmnty Library

Where is the train station in Minot?

Main arrival station: 400 1st Ave SW

Minot has one train station.

All train stations in Minot:

  • 400 1st Ave SW

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