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Durham - Chicago Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 4 daily train trips available from Durham to Chicago. Traveling by train from Durham to Chicago usually takes 27 hours and 22 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 26 hours and 7 minutes.

Distance854 mi (1374 km)
Fastest train26h 7m
Lowest price$255.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Which train should you take from Durham to Chicago?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Durham to Chicago. However, there are 4 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak41d 3h 22m$279.50
  • 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 4 Amtrak trains from Durham to Chicago every day, as well as 0 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $255.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Durham and Chicago is approximately 854 miles, or 1374 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 27 hours and 22 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 26 hours and 7 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.

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

The earliest train departs Durham at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Chicago to Durham.

City Information

Durham

Durham is a city on the Oyster River in New Hampshire. It was initially known as the Parish of Oyster River, but was later renamed after the historic city of Durham, England. The area has over 800 acres of parkland, which you can enjoy via hiking and biking trails. The town has excellent restaurants and bars, particularly in the area surrounding the University of New Hampshire. New England is also popular for golf, and you'll find multiple courses just a short distance from the city. Take a trip to the New England coast at Wallis Sands or go kayaking on the Oyster River.

The quickest way to get to Durham by air is via the nearby Portsmouth Peas Airport. The UNH station is also the city's main transport stop for Amtrak Downeaster trains which run throughout the day, from which you can reach cities like Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington.

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 and a top destination in Illinois.

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 Durham?

Main departure station: UNH Durham Transit Ctr - 3 Depot Rd

There is one train station in Durham.

All train stations in Durham:

  • UNH Durham Transit Ctr - 3 Depot Rd

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Main arrival station: Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

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.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

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