Chicago to Champaign, IL train

Cheap train tickets from Chicago to Champaign, IL

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40

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04:05PMUnion Station2h10 06:15PMChampaign-Urbana Station
0 transfers
401One-way

Train schedule from Chicago to Champaign, IL

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Fastest train times from Chicago to Champaign, IL

Showing times and prices for Jul 04

Fastest Journey

2 h 10 m

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2 h 10 m

Trains per day

1

Distance

199 km

Of the 1 trains that leave Chicago for Champaign, IL 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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04:05PMUnion Station2h10 06:15PMChampaign-Urbana Station
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Overview: Train from Chicago to Champaign, IL

distanceDistance123 miles (199 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 55 min
priceAverage train ticket price$31 (€28)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak

Trains from Chicago to Champaign, IL cover the 123 miles (199 km) long route taking on average 1 h 55 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $31 (€28), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $19 (€17).

Train providers: Amtrak from Chicago to Champaign, IL trains

You can travel by train to Champaign, IL from Chicago with Amtrak for as low as $19 (€17). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best trip.

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

Chicago to Champaign, IL train information with Amtrak:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 16 min
  • Average Price: $19
  • Amtrak frequency: 1 a day

Train from Chicago to Champaign

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 at Urbana Champaign. The city of Chicago, on the other hand, is famous for its magnificent architecture, deep-dish pizza, and several iconic museums. Chicago and Champaign are separated by a distance of approximately 137 miles (220 kilometers). A direct train from Chicago to Champaign will take around 2 hours and 10 minutes to arrive in Champaign. The route runs about three trains daily.

Which train companies travel from Chicago to Champaign?

Various train companies operate the route from Chicago to Champaign, including Amtrak Company. The Amtrak Railway operator provides medium and long-distance intercity service in the United States and nine Canadian cities. A majority of connections from Chicago to Champaign are provided by three Amtrak train carriers; 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 trips per day. The fastest train from Chicago to Champaign is by Amtrak Illini Service, with a journey time of just over 2 hours.

How long is the train ride from Chicago to Champaign?

Typically, it will take an approximate time of 2 hours and 10 minutes to cover the distance of around 137 miles (220 kilometers) between Chicago and Champaign. A non-stop train from Chicago to Champaign might have stops along the way, but it does not necessarily mean that travelers will have to switch trains. Besides, the journey time is contingent on the number of stops the train carrier makes before arriving at the arrival station. The best day to travel from Chicago to Champaign is on a Saturday as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week. The busiest day to travel is on Wednesdays. Travelers looking to travel on this particular day should consider booking their tickets much earlier as tickets tend to sell out much faster.

How many trains are there from Chicago to Champaign?

Several trains offer connections from Chicago to Champaign. Amtrak Company has three train carriers that connect directly from Chicago to Champaign, which are; Amtrak Illini Service, Amtrak City of New Orleans, and Amtrak Saluki. On average, travelers can expect at least one direct train schedule from Chicago to Champaign. The earliest train departure from Chicago to Champaign is at 8:00 a.m. while the latest departure is set at 8:00 p.m. The route from Chicago to Champaign 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 are the departure and arrival train stations for trains from Chicago to Champaign?

Departure station: Trains from Chicago to Champaign depart from Union Station - 225 S Canal St. The train station is situated approximately 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from downtown Chicago, via W Van Buren St. Transit by public bus is the preferred means to connect to and from the city center and the train station. The bus duration is approximately six minutes from Champaign city center. Bus lines that connect to the train station from the center of Chicago are Blue Line and Orange Line bus lines. Besides, several other bus lines pass near the train station in Chicago, which include; bus lines 1, 126, 156, 60, and 7. For instance, bus Line 7 connects from CTA -35/Archer to Chicago in about 25 minutes passing near Union Station - 225 S Canal St. Consequently, the train has easily accessible parking garage found between Van Buren & Jackson on the left lane of the street. Other facilities at the station include; hotels and restaurants, washrooms, ATMs, waiting areas, free internet access, among other services.

​Arrival station: Trains from Chicago to Champaign arrive at 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.​

Travel Tips: Trains from Chicago to Champaign, IL

Travel by train to Champaign, IL easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Chicago to Champaign, IL.
FAQs
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Chicago to Champaign, IL to cost as little as $19 (€17)  in the next 7 days.
In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $31 (€28)  for a train ticket from Chicago to Champaign, IL.
The Chicago to Champaign, IL train distance is approximately 123 miles (199 km).
The Chicago to Champaign, IL train duration is on average 1 h 55 min, which is to be expected when traveling 123 miles (199 km) from Chicago to Champaign, IL. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.
When taking a train from Chicago to Champaign, IL, you can count on Amtrak for the best way to get you to Champaign, IL. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service to Champaign, IL from Chicago and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
Yes, there is 1 direct train per day from Chicago to Champaign, IL 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 book your train ticket.
On average, there is 1 train a day from Chicago to Champaign, IL. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
You can take the first train from Chicago to Champaign, IL at 2: 30 PM. The last train from Chicago to Champaign, IL that you can take departs at 9: 05 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from Chicago to Champaign, IL schedule to help you book the best departure time for this route.
If you buy a train ticket from Chicago to Champaign, IL within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $31 (€28) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets from Chicago to Champaign, IL are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

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