[menuItemContent][menuItemRightSideContent]
Currency

COMPARE Prices across different modes

Mon
Jun 14
$34Amtrak
Find prices
Tue
Jun 15
$34Amtrak
$167envoy air
Wed
Jun 16
$34Amtrak
$377air wisconsin
Thu
Jun 17
$34Amtrak
$377envoy air
Fri
Jun 18
$34Amtrak
$377envoy air
Sat
Jun 19
$34Amtrak
$353Republic Airlines
Sun
Jun 20
$34Amtrak
$353Republic Airlines
Mon
Jun 21
$33Amtrak
$130envoy air
Tue
Jun 22
$34Amtrak
$130envoy air
Wed
Jun 23
$34Amtrak
$130envoy air
Thu
Jun 24
$33Amtrak
$130envoy air
Fri
Jun 25
$60Amtrak
$95envoy air
Sat
Jun 26
$34Amtrak
$130envoy air
Mon
Jun 28
$33Amtrak
$130envoy air
Wed
Jun 30
$34Amtrak
Find prices
Thu
Jul 1
$34Amtrak
$163envoy air
Fri
Jul 2
$34Amtrak
Find prices
Sat
Jul 3
$34Amtrak
$130envoy air

These companies trust us. We sell their tickets all in one place.

Deutsche Bahn
Renfe
Italo
Frecciarossa
Accommodation

Need a place to stay?

Tue, Jun 15
Total price for 1 nights, 1 adults
Top pick hotels
Entire homes & apartments

Find the best accommodation for you, with our partner Booking.com

View all
train

Journey Summary

East Lansing, MI to Chicago Train Information

Avg. Train Duration
4 hours 51 minutes
Train Ticket Price: $35
Trains depart from:East Lansing, MI
Trains arrive in:Chicago
Distance:278 km
Train Companies:Amtrak

Trains from East Lansing to Chicago

Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, Michigan, and is the second-most populous city in the US, located on the shores of Freshwater Lake. The distance between East Lansing and Chicago is about 171 miles (275 kilometers). There are several ways travelers can get to Chicago from East Lansing, predominantly via road, air or rail. The average duration for a train from East Lansing to Chicago is approximately 5 hours and 27 minutes. This might sound long, but when considering check-in time, not to mention transport to and from airports, taking the train is a quick, stress-free and comfortable mode of transport. Typically, there are two trains scheduled every day, or 40 monthly trips. The first train departs from East Lansing station, 1240 S Harrison Rd E, at 5:00 a.m. and arrives at Chicago's Union Station, 225 S Canal St, 5 hours and 27 minutes later.

Which train companies travel from East Lansing to Chicago?

The main company offering services for trains from East Lansing to Chicago is Amtrak. Amtrak prides itself as being the major national rail operator of the US and has been transporting Americans in safer, greener and healthier ways for the past 40 years. The company provides the most scheduled trains from East Lansing to Chicago. The Amtrak Blue Water service offers a direct train from East Lansing to Chicago with a total travel time of 4 hours, which is over an hour faster than the standard train. However, the best alternative will depend on the traveler's time of travel, available prices and the day of the week. Although Amtrak has the most regularly scheduled trips, travelers should plan well in advance to get the best deals.

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

The distance between East Lansing and Chicago is around 171 miles (275 kilometers). The average time taken for a train from East Lansing to Chicago is approximately 5 hours and 27 minutes with the absolute fastest train time being 4 hours. There is one direct schedule offered daily by Amtrak Bluewater which is the faster route. For instance, a train from East Lansing to Chicago that departs at 8:45 a.m. arrives at Chicago's Union Station at exactly 11:45 a.m., so it is very convenient for most passengers.

How many trains are there from East Lansing to Chicago?

Typically, there are two regular train services every day from East Lansing to Chicago. The best schedule is dependent on the time of the trip, available prices and the day of the trip. Amtrak has the most regularly scheduled train trips from East Lansing to Chicago averaging at least 2 trips every day and 40 monthly trips. Amtrak and Blue Water are both registered trademarks owned and operated by Amtrak.

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

Departure station: Trains to Chicago depart from East Lansing, MI (LNS). The station is situated approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the city center. Travelers can choose to walk or use a taxi to access the city center. Travelers who opt to take a taxi take about five minutes from the train station to the city center. Unfortunately, there is no public transport available since the train station is quite near to the city center. East Lansing, MI (LNS) train station has a waiting room or shelter for travelers. Other amenities available at the station include Quik-Trak kiosks, restrooms, as well as vending machines. East Lansing, MI (LNS) train station has no ATM or WiFi.

Arrival station: The arrival train station for all trains from East Lansing is known as Chicago Union Station. Situated on the west side of the Chicago River between West Jackson Boulevard and West Adams Street, just outside the Chicago Loop, travelers can easily access the station on foot, or via buses that operate run 24/7. Passengers can be dropped or picked up by the effective public transit (the CTA buses) which runs more than 13 routes with the Union Station being directly served by route 130 mid-May through Labor Day. Chicago Union Station prides itself in such facilities as a spacious food court located at the mezzanine floor, with extra retail alternatives such as Nuts on Clark, Robinson's, Pret, etc.

Travel Tips

Trains from East Lansing, MI to Chicago
Travel by train to Chicago 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 East Lansing, MI to Chicago.
FAQs
How much do cheap train tickets from East Lansing, MI to Chicago cost?
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap East Lansing, MI to Chicago trains for as little as $34 (€26)  in the next 7 days.
What is the price of a train ticket to Chicago from East Lansing, MI?
The East Lansing, MI to Chicago train ticket price is on average $34 (€26)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this trip in the next week.
How far is Chicago from East Lansing, MI by train?
When traveling this route you should expect the distance to Chicago from East Lansing, MI by train to be approximately 172 miles (278 km).
What is the East Lansing, MI to Chicago train travel time?
The train time from East Lansing, MI to Chicago is on average 3 h 51 min  for the 172 miles (278 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go to Chicago from East Lansing, MI by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
Are there any direct trains from East Lansing, MI to Chicago?
Yes, you can find a direct train from East Lansing, MI to Chicago with Amtrak  on Omio. This is worth paying attention to when you buy your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and help save you time traveling to your destination.
When can I take the first train from East Lansing, MI to Chicago? When can I take the last train for the day?
You can take the first train from East Lansing, MI to Chicago at 12: 54 PM. The last train from East Lansing, MI to Chicago that you can take departs at 12: 54 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from East Lansing, MI to Chicago schedule to help you book the best departure time for this journey.
How early should I buy train tickets to Chicago from East Lansing, MI to score the best deals?
The price of a one way train ticket from East Lansing, MI to Chicago is on average $34 (€26) if you buy within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train companies offering this route. In general, you can find train tickets between East Lansing, MI and Chicago available a few months in advance.