Champaign, IL to Chicago train

Cheap train tickets from Champaign, IL to Chicago

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30

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10:14AMChampaign-Urbana Station2h46 01:00PMUnion Station
0 transfers
301One-way

Train schedule from Champaign, IL to Chicago

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Fastest train times from Champaign, IL to Chicago

Showing times and prices for Aug 08

Fastest Journey

2 h 46 m

Average

2 h 46 m

Trains per day

1

Distance

199 km

Of the 1 trains that leave Champaign, IL for Chicago every day 1 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

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0 transfers
301One-way

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Overview: Train from Champaign, IL to Chicago

distanceDistance123 miles (199 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 46 min
priceAverage train ticket price$25 (€23)
frequencyTrain frequency3 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak

Trains from Champaign, IL to Chicago cover the 123 miles (199 km) long trip taking on average 2 h 46 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. Normally, there are 3 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $25 (€23), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $19 (€18).

Train providers: Amtrak from Champaign, IL to Chicago trains

Find the best trains between Champaign, IL and Chicago with Omio's travel partners Amtrak from $19 (€18). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.

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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 from Champaign, IL to Chicago, you can choose between ticket types like Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium.

Champaign, IL to Chicago train information with Amtrak:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 41 min
  • Average Price: $19
  • Amtrak frequency: 3 a day

Train from Champaign to Chicago

Champaign is a city located in central Illinois. The city is known for hosting various festivals, holiday celebrations and also is the home of the prestigious University of Illinois. The city of Chicago, on the other hand, is famous for its magnificent architecture and several museums. Chicago and Champaign are separated by a distance of approximately 137 miles (220 kilometers). A direct train from Champaign to Chicago will take around 2 hours and ten minutes to arrive in Champaign. The route has about three train frequencies daily. However, direct trains from Champaign to Chicago may have stopovers along the way.

Which train companies travel from Champaign to Chicago?

Various train companies operate the route from Champaign to Chicago, including Amtrak Company. The Amtrak Railway operator provides medium and long-distance intercity service in the United States and to several Canadian cities. Mostly, Connections from Champaign to Chicago are provided by three Amtrak train carriers, which include Amtrak City of New Orleans, Amtrak Illini Service, and Amtrak Saluki. The Amtrak City of New Orleans offers the most schedules departures from Chicago to Champaign, usually offering two train trips per day. The fastest train from Champaign to Chicago is by Amtrak Illini Service, with a journey time of under 3 hours.

How long is the train ride from Champaign to Chicago?

Typically, it takes an approximate time of 2 hours and ten minutes to cover the distance of around 137 miles (220 kilometers) between Champaign to Chicago. Nonstop trains from Champaign to Chicago might have stops along the way, however travelers are not required to switch trains. The total journey time is dependent on the number of connecting destinations. The best day to travel from Champaign to Chicago is on a Saturday as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week. The busiest day to travel along this route tends to be Wednesdays. Travelers aiming to travel on this particular day should consider booking their tickets earlier as tickets tend to sell out fast on this day.

How many trains are there from Champaign to Chicago?

Several trains offer connections from Champaign to Chicago. Amtrak Company has three train carriers that connect directly from Champaign to Chicago; Amtrak Illini Service, Amtrak City of New Orleans, and Amtrak Saluki. On average, travelers can expect at least one direct train schedule from Champaign to Chicago. The earliest train from Champaign to Chicago is at 8:00 a.m. while the latest train from Champaign to Chicago is set at 8:00 p.m. The route from Champaign to Chicago has at least 14 train frequencies weekly. For travelers opting to travel on weekends, there is one daily trip offered from Chicago to Champaign by each train carrier with the earliest train carrier departing at around 8:30 a.m., and the latest train departure is set at around 7:30 p.m.

What is/are the departure and arrival train stations for trains from Champaign to Chicago?

Departure Station: Trains from Champaign to Chicago depart from Illinois Term - 45 E University Ave train station. The train station is located less than a mile from the center of Champaign via N Neil St and E University Ave. Public transit to the station is mainly by public buses, which are operated by the MTD. The MTD buses are also equipped with bike racks. The journey time from the city center to the train station by bus is less than five minutes. Other bus lines passing near the train station include; bus lines 100, 20, 50, and 70. Extra facilities at the train station include; retail shops, ATMs, waiting areas, unlimited internet access, hotels, and restaurants, among other services.

Arrival station: Trains arrive at Chicago Union Station. The train station is situated approximately a mile from downtown Chicago via W Van Buren St. Transit by public bus is the preferred means to connect from downtown Chicago to Union Station with a travel time of roughly six minutes. CTA operates the majority of the public buses running through the city of Chicago. Bus routes that have stops at Union Station include bus routes 192, J14, 120, 60, among other several bus lines. Also, the bus to the station from downtown Chicago is contingent on the route the bus line will take. For instance, bus line J14 connects to Union Station via Jeffrey Jump in less than 15 minutes. Consequently, the train station has easily accessible parking garage found at the junction of Van Buren & Jackson on the left lane of the street. Other facilities at the station include; hotel and restaurants, washrooms, ATMs, waiting areas, free internet access, among other services.

Travel Tips: Trains from Champaign, IL to Chicago

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If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Champaign, IL to Chicago trains for as little as $19 (€18)  in the next 7 days.
The Champaign, IL to Chicago train ticket price is on average $25 (€23)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this route in the next week.
The Champaign, IL to Chicago train distance is approximately 123 miles (199 km).
While the time it takes to travel 123 miles (199 km) to Chicago from Champaign, IL can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Champaign, IL to Chicago train journey time is on average 2 h 46 min.
Take the Champaign, IL to Chicago train with Amtrak. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the route between Champaign, IL and Chicago as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Yes, there is 1 direct train per day from Champaign, IL to Chicago with Amtrak, and you won’t need to transfer at another stop in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when traveling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you buy your train ticket.
The average number of trains departing Champaign, IL for Chicago is 3 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
The earliest train for this route departs from Champaign, IL at 11: 10 AM. The last train leaves from Champaign, IL at 3: 27 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Champaign, IL to Chicago and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
If you purchase a train ticket from Champaign, IL to Chicago within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $25 (€23) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets to Chicago from Champaign, IL are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

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