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Journey Summary

Chicago to Indianapolis, IN Train Information

Avg. Train Duration
6 hours 37 minutes
Train Ticket Price: $53
Trains depart from:Chicago
Trains arrive in:Indianapolis, IN
Distance:263 km
Train Companies:Amtrak

Trains from Chicago to Indianapolis

Indianapolis is the state capital and most populous city of the US state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. The city is about 185 miles (300 kilometers) southeast of Chicago, Illinois. While passengers can travel between the two cities by road and air, train journeys are also common. Most train journeys from Chicago to Indianapolis are operated by Amtrak. This company operates more than five trains to Indianapolis from Chicago daily, implying that train journeys between the two cities are relatively frequent. A train from Chicago to Indianapolis operated by Amtrak takes an average of 4 hours 30 minutes to arrive at its destination. The earliest train to Indianapolis from Chicago is operated by Amtrak and departs at around 9:30 a.m. while the latest departs at around 11:00 p.m. This aspect gives travelers the flexibility of deciding whether to travel during the day or the night.

Which trains travel from Chicago to Indianapolis?

The only train company which operates the Chicago-Indianapolis route currently is Amtrak. This company operates more than five trains from Chicago to Indianapolis daily and it operates both during the day and night. The latest train from Chicago to Indianapolis operated by this company departs at around 11:00 pm. During the day, the frequency of trains from Chicago to Indianapolis is about 2 hours between departure times. Passengers have much flexibility in planning their train journey from Chicago to Indianapolis as the frequency of the trains is relatively high. Amtrak trains are faster hence making the journey by train from Chicago to Indianapolis more convenient to the passengers. For further convenience of the passengers on long haul journeys such as the one from Chicago to Indianapolis, Amtrak trains provide complementary services such as onboard dining and WiFi services.

How long is the train ride from Chicago to Indianapolis?

The distance between Chicago and Indianapolis is approximately 185 miles (300 kilometers). It takes an Amtrak train from Chicago to Indianapolis about 4 hours 30 minutes to reach its destination. The fastest train from Chicago to Indianapolis can take around 4 hours 20 minutes while the slowest one around 5 hours 10 minutes. Relative to road transport, a journey by train from Chicago to Indianapolis is considered both economical and convenient as some roads between these two cities may have tolls. Road transport is relatively more expensive than taking the train from Chicago to Indianapolis and is characterized by more emissions to the environment, not to mention the stress of finding a park in Indianapolis!. Passengers on a train from Chicago to Indianapolis will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the long journey time as Amtrak trains offer complementary services such as snacks and WiFi to keep passengers occupied and comfortable throughout the journey.

How many trains are there from Chicago to Indianapolis?

The only train company which operates train services from Chicago to Indianapolis is Amtrak, which has more than five daily trains, with up to nine trains to Indianapolis from Chicago. The first train departs at around 9:30 a.m while the last departs at around 11:00 p.m. The frequency of trains operated by Amtrak from Chicago to Indianapolis is relatively high, thus passengers have more flexibility in planning their journeys between these two cities. A train from Chicago to Indianapolis operated by Amtrak can be found practically after every 2 hours during the day. Passengers who plan their journeys by train from Chicago to Indianapolis can book a train from Amtrak's website.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains to Indianapolis from Chicago​?

Departure station:All trains depart from Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI). This station is exactly 0.4 miles (0.6 kilometers) from Chicago city center, equivalent to about eight minutes of walking. Passengers who prefer not to walk can access the train station from the city center by taxi or by riding a bicycle. When taking a taxi, it takes about three minutes to access the train station from the city center while it takes about five minutes for cyclists. Due to the station's proximity to the city center, public transport trains are not available, but several bus routes are. Facilities in this station include a waiting room, ATM, payphones, restrooms, vending machines, and Amtrak WiFi.

Arrival station: Trains from Chicago to Indianapolis terminate at Indianapolis, IN (IND). This station is about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Indianapolis, IN city center, which is equivalent to about five minutes of driving. Public transport is not available thus passengers can access the train station by use of a taxi, or on foot. There is a shortcut of 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) equivalent to 12 minutes of walking. Indianapolis, IN (IND) train station is built with a waiting room. Other facilities present in the station include payphones, elevator, restrooms, Quik-Trak kiosks, ticket sales office, and vending machines. ATM and Amtrak WiFi are unfortunately not available at this station.

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What is the distance to Indianapolis, IN from Chicago by train?
The distance between Chicago and Indianapolis, IN by train is approximately 163 miles (263 km).
When can I take the first train from Chicago to Indianapolis, IN? When can I take the last train for the day?
The earliest train for this route departs from Chicago at 9: 05 PM. The last train leaves from Chicago at 10: 45 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Chicago to Indianapolis, IN and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.

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