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Train Information from Chicago to East Lansing, MI

distanceDistance172 miles (278 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 55 min
priceAverage train ticket price$34 (€27)
changesDirect trainYes
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Trains from Chicago to East Lansing, MI cover the 172 miles (278 km) long route taking on average 3 h 55 min with our travel partners like. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $34 (€27)], you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $34 (€27).

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Train between Chicago and East Lansing, MI with Amtrak

For as little as $27 (€27) you can travel by train from Chicago to East Lansing, MI with Amtrak. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this route.

Amtrak

Amtrak is the main train provider in the United States. There are several different ticket types including Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and First Class for you to book for your next journey by train from Chicago to East Lansing, MI.

Find the perfect Amtrak train from Chicago to East Lansing, MI for a smooth and relaxing journey. Omio makes it convenient for you to check the latest Amtrak train schedules and compare the cheapest, fastest or earliest train between Chicago and East Lansing, MI. You can also check relevant travel information for the Amtrak train, such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard, depending on the class fare you choose. Once you find the ideal route, book your cheap Amtrak train tickets online. You can expect to travel around 172 miles (278 km) on this journey and your Amtrak Chicago to East Lansing, MI train ticket can cost as little as $27 (€27) one-way if you book in advance. When you search for Amtrak tickets between Chicago and East Lansing, MI in the Omio app, you can quickly see if they are mobile tickets so that you can travel paperless. Buy your official Amtrak train tickets online quickly and easily on Omio and enjoy the travel experience!

Amtrak has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and traveling by train from Chicago to East Lansing, MI:

  • 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).

Trains from Chicago to East Lansing

East Lansing is a city in the US state of Michigan directly east of Lansing, and it is the state capital. The city is approximately 230 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Chicago, Illinois. Passengers can travel between the two cities by train journeys offered by Amtrak Train Company. This company offers three daily trains to East Lansing from Chicago with the earliest departing at around 7:30 a.m. and the latest at around 10:00 p.m. While the frequency of the trains from Chicago to East Lansing operated by Amtrak is three a day, passengers are almost guaranteed to find a train that suits them as the trains are not always booked to capacity. Due to the relatively long distance between the two cities, an Amtrak train from Chicago to East Lansing takes an average of 4 hours 30 minutes to reach its destination.

Which train companies travel from Chicago to East Lansing?

Currently, the dominant train company operating between Chicago and East Lansing is Amtrak. This company has been in the business since 1970 hence acquiring vast experience on customer satisfaction. A train from Chicago to East Lansing operated by Amtrak has all the necessities to keep passengers satisfied. The company operates three trains from Chicago to East Lansing daily, thus giving passengers the flexibility of choosing which route to go for. Passengers can travel from Chicago to East Lansing via the morning, afternoon, or evening service. A journey by train from Chicago to East Lansing is considered long haul, despite being doable in a morning or afternoon, thus Amtrak provides complementary services such as onboard dining and WiFi services for the convenience of passengers. This means all travelers are left to do is to sit, chill, and let the gorgeous scenery pass them by without worrying about traffic or dangerous drivers.

How long is the train ride from Chicago to East Lansing?

The distance between Chicago and East Lansing is approximately 230 miles (48 kilometers). This distance is relatively far and it takes an Amtrak train from Chicago to East Lansing an average of 4 hours 30 minutes to reach its destination. The fastest Amtrak train from Chicago to East Lansing can take around 3 hours 30 minutes while the slowest one around 5 hours 40 minutes. When traveling by road, passengers take almost the same time as when traveling by train from Chicago to East Lansing. This aspect makes the journey by train from Chicago to East Lansing both economical and convenient. Road transport is also characterized by such aspects as traffic congestion and more emissions, whereas due to the complementary services and picturesque scenes on board a train from Chicago to East Lansing, passengers will not mind the journey between the two cities.

How many trains are there from Chicago to East Lansing?

Since Amtrak is the only train company offering train services between Chicago and East Lansing at the moment, train journeys between the two cities are limited to three trains daily. Since the train capacity is way more than that of a bus, three trains a day are able to satisfy the demand of passengers between the two cities. Passengers have the flexibility of deciding whether to travel in the morning, afternoon or evening by train from Chicago to East Lansing.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains to East Lansing from Chicago?

Departure station: All trains depart from Chicago, IL from Union Station (CHI). Chicago, IL city center is located exactly 0.4 miles (0.6 kilometers) from this station. Passengers can walk from the city center to the train station in about eight minutes, however, passengers who prefer not to walk can access the train station from the city center by taxi or by riding a bicycle. It takes about three minutes from the city center to access the train station by taxi. Cyclists will take about five minutes. Due to the station's proximity to the city center, public transport means such as buses or trains are not available. Facilities in this station include a waiting room, ATM, payphones, restrooms, vending machines, and Amtrak WiFi.

Arrival station: Trains from Chicago to East Lansing terminate at East Lansing, MI (LNS). This station is located 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) from the city center. Passengers take about five minutes from the train station to the city center by taxi. Public transport is not available owing to the proximity of the train station to the city center. East Lansing, MI (LNS) train station is built with a waiting room. Other facilities present in the station include restrooms, Quik-Trak kiosks, and vending machines. ATMs and WiFi are not available at this station. Unaccompanied children are also not allowed to travel from this station.

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Trains from Chicago to East Lansing, MI
Travel by train to East Lansing, MI 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 East Lansing, MI.
FAQs
How much are cheap trains between Chicago and East Lansing, MI?
Train tickets between Chicago and East Lansing, MI for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $34 (€27)  one way in the next 7 days.
What is the cost of a train to East Lansing, MI from Chicago?
If you are looking to book your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Chicago to East Lansing, MI train to cost on average $34 (€27)  one way.
How many miles is it from Chicago to East Lansing, MI by train?
The Chicago to East Lansing, MI train distance is approximately 172 miles (278 km).
How many hours is the train time between Chicago and East Lansing, MI?
While the time it takes to travel 172 miles (278 km) between Chicago and East Lansing, MI can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Chicago to East Lansing, MI train journey time is on average 3 h 55 min.
What are the first and last departure train times from Chicago to East Lansing, MI?
The earliest train for this trip departs from Chicago at 9: 00 PM. The last train leaves from Chicago at 9: 00 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Chicago to East Lansing, MI and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
When should I purchase the Chicago to East Lansing, MI train for the best deals on tickets?
You can find trains between Chicago and East Lansing, MI to cost on average $34 (€27) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your route. You’ll see tickets for the Chicago to East Lansing, MI train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

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