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Overview: Train from Chicago to Los Angeles

distanceDistance1737 miles (2801 km)
priceAverage train ticket price$182 (€151)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak

Trains from Chicago to Los Angeles cover the 1737 miles (2801 km) long route taking on average 48 h 32 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as $161 (€134), but the average price of train tickets is $182 (€151).

Train companies: Train between Chicago and Los Angeles with Amtrak

You can travel by train from Chicago to Los Angeles with Amtrak for as low as $161 (€134). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best 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 from Chicago to Los Angeles, you can choose between ticket types like Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium.

Chicago to Los Angeles train information with Amtrak:

  • Average Duration: 48 h 32 min
  • Average Price: $161
  • Amtrak frequency: 1 a day

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

  • 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).

Travel Tips: Trains from Chicago to Los Angeles

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FAQs

How much does a cheap train between Chicago and Los Angeles cost?

Omio customers have found cheap train tickets to Los Angeles from Chicago for as low as $161 (€134)  for the next 7 days.

What is the price of a train ticket between Chicago and Los Angeles?

If you are looking to book your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Chicago to Los Angeles train to cost on average $182 (€151)  one way.

What is the distance to Los Angeles from Chicago by train?

The distance to Los Angeles from Chicago by train is approximately 1737 miles (2801 km).

How long is the train ride to Los Angeles from Chicago?

On average the Chicago to Los Angeles train travel time is 48 h 32 min  for the 1737 miles (2801 km) long trip, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.

Which train providers should I travel with from Chicago to Los Angeles?

When taking a train from Chicago to Los Angeles, you can count on Amtrak for the best way to get you to Los Angeles. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service from Chicago to Los Angeles and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.

How many trains are there between Chicago and Los Angeles a day?

The average number of trains departing Chicago for Los Angeles is 1 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

What time is the earliest train from Chicago to Los Angeles? What time is the last train from Chicago to Los Angeles?

You can take the earliest train from Chicago to Los Angeles at 7: 45 PM   or take the last train from Chicago to Los Angeles leaving at 8: 50 PM. Look for the latest Chicago to Los Angeles train schedules on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this trip.

How far in advance should I buy a train ticket from Chicago to Los Angeles to get the best deals?

If you book a train ticket from Chicago to Los Angeles within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $182 (€151) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets to Los Angeles from Chicago are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.