Cheap train tickets from Boston to Chicago

Showing times and prices for Dec 7

Cheapest

$135

Average

$135

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Boston to Chicago will cost around $ 135 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 135.

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12:50PMSouth Station22h00 09:50AMUnion Station
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$1351One-way
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12:57PMBack Bay Station, MA21h53 09:50AMUnion Station
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$1351One-way
Cheapest
12:50PMSouth Station22h00 09:50AMUnion Station
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$1351One-way
Cheapest
12:57PMBack Bay Station, MA21h53 09:50AMUnion Station
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$1351One-way

Train schedule from Boston to Chicago

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12:50PMSouth Station22h00 09:50AMUnion Station
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12:50PMSouth Station22h00 09:50AMUnion Station
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12:57PMBack Bay Station, MA21h53 09:50AMUnion Station
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12:57PMBack Bay Station, MA21h53 09:50AMUnion Station
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Tue
Dec 7
$135Amtrak
$204Greyhound
$53American Airlines
Fri
Dec 10
$105Amtrak
$184Greyhound
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Sat
Dec 11
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$61American Airlines
Sun
Dec 12
$102Amtrak
$179Greyhound
$60American Airlines

Fastest train times from Boston to Chicago

Showing times and prices for Dec 7

Fastest Journey

21 h 53 m

Average

21 h 56 m

Trains per day

4

Distance

1368 km

Of the 4 trains that leave Boston for Chicago every day 2 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 1368 km distance in an average of 21 h 56 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 21 h 53 m .

The slowest trains will take 22 h and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
12:57PMBack Bay Station, MA21h53 09:50AMUnion Station
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$1351One-way
Fastest
12:57PMBack Bay Station, MA21h53 09:50AMUnion Station
0 changes
$1351One-way
2nd Fastest
12:50PMSouth Station22h00 09:50AMUnion Station
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$1351One-way
2nd Fastest
12:50PMSouth Station22h00 09:50AMUnion Station
1 changes
$1351One-way

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Overview: Train from Boston to Chicago

distanceDistance848 miles (1367 km)
durationAverage train duration22 h
priceAverage train ticket price$118 (€99)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersAmtrak

Trains from Boston to Chicago cover the 848 miles (1367 km) long journey taking on average 22 h with our travel partners like Amtrak. There are direct train services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as $102 (€85), but the average price of train tickets is $118 (€99).

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Train from Boston to Chicago with Amtrak

Buy your official Amtrak train tickets to Chicago from Boston from $102 (€85) with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most convenient journey.

Amtrak

Amtrak is the main train company in the United States and operates medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 American states and 3 Canadian provinces. With over 300 Amtrak trains running daily, you can travel by train across America and explore destinations near and far. Take the Acela train for high-speed services connecting popular cities in the Northeast, the Coast Starlight to travel up and down the stunning West Coast or the Empire Builder to travel from Chicago to the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest among others. Amtrak offers different class options to suit any traveler’s budget with classes like Coach, Business, First and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. When you book your train journey to Chicago from Boston, you can choose between ticket types like Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium.

  • Average Price: $102

These are Amtrak's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train from Boston to Chicago:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • Change fees have been waived for all reservations made before March 31, 2021.
  • If you've booked with Omio, to change your reservation, go to Amtrak.com (Modify Trip) or the Amtrak app. A fare difference may apply to your new itinerary. If you want to cancel your reservation, you must call 800-USA-RAIL (not available via Amtrak.com or the app).

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FAQs
How much do cheap train tickets to Chicago from Boston cost?
Train tickets to Chicago from Boston for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $102 (€85)  one way in the next 7 days.
What is the cost of a train from Boston to Chicago?
The train price from Boston to Chicago is on average $118 (€99)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this route in the next 7 days.
How far is it from Boston to Chicago by train?
When traveling this route you should expect the distance to Chicago from Boston by train to be approximately 848 miles (1367 km).
How long is the train ride between Boston and Chicago?
On average the Boston to Chicago train travel time is 22 h  for the 848 miles (1367 km) long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
Which train companies can take me between Boston and Chicago?
Take the Boston to Chicago train with Amtrak. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the trip to Chicago from Boston as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Are there any direct trains from Boston to Chicago?
Yes, there are direct trains from Boston to Chicago, and you can find a direct train for this trip with Amtrak  on Omio. It's worth paying attention to when you buy your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting to your destination.
When can I take the first train from Boston to Chicago? When can I take the last train for the day?
You can take the first train from Boston to Chicago at 5: 50 PM. The last train from Boston to Chicago that you can take departs at 5: 50 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from Boston to Chicago schedule to help you book the best departure time for this trip.
How far in advance should I buy a train ticket from Boston to Chicago to get the best deals?
If you buy the Boston to Chicago train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $118 (€99). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains between Boston and Chicago. Look out for train tickets for this journey to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.