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Train Information to Chicago from Grand Rapids, MI

distanceDistance126 miles (204 km)
durationAverage train duration4 h 8 min
priceAverage train ticket price$37 (€30)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersAmtrak

Trains from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago cover the 126 miles (204 km) long journey taking on average 4 h 8 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $37 (€30), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $30 (€24).

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Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago with Amtrak

Buy your official Amtrak train tickets between Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago from $30 (€24) with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most popular route.

Amtrak

Amtrak is the main train company in the United States operating medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 US states as well as in 3 Canadian provinces. There are over 300 Amtrak trains running daily. With Amtrak you can travel by train across the country and explore destinations near and far with routes such as the Northeast Regional connecting cities in the East Coast, the Coast Starlight connecting destinations up and down the West Coast, the Empire Builder connecting Chicago and Midwestern cities to the Northwest, and many more. Amtrak offers different class options suiting any budget, from Coach Class to Business Class, First Class, and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. There are several different ticket types including Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium for you to book for your next train journey between Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago.

Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago train information with Amtrak:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 4 min
  • Amtrak frequency: 1 a day

Amtrak's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train between Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago are the following:

  • 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 Grand Rapids to Chicago

Named after Grand Rapids River in Michigan, the city of Grand Rapids earns its title as America's Furniture Capital and a prime center for the manufacture of office furniture. Chicago, on the other hand, is famous for sports teams such as Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Fire, Chicago Bears, Culinary delights such as Chicago-style pizza and hotdogs, and architectural marvels such as Sears Towers. The distance between the two cities is approximately 179 miles (288 kilometers). Traveling by train from Grand Rapids to Chicago is the most convenient public transport mode. The train route from Grand Rapids to Chicago runs at a frequency of five trains per day- one direct and four indirect. The indirect connections are at Kalamazoo train station. The journey from Grand Rapids to Chicago takes an average duration of 4 hours 8 minutes.

Which train companies travel from Grand Rapids to Chicago?

Amtrak Company operates the train route from Grand Rapids to Chicago, the same as most of the train routes in the USA. It is the national passenger train operator in the USA. Amtrak trains offer efficiency, relaxation, and comfort for long-distance journeys such as the trip from Grand Rapids to Chicago. The trains have convenient seating arrangements, quiet cars, sleeping accommodations, and onboard dining for long-distance travel. Amtrak may operate all the trains from Grand Rapids to Chicago, but there are variations in terms of total trip time taken, the train route service used, the train used, and the transfer time taken.

How long is the train ride from Grand Rapids to Chicago?

The distance from Grand Rapids to Chicago is approximately 179 miles (288 kilometers). By train, this distance can be covered in an average duration of 4 hours, 8 minutes. The total time taken to complete this journey depends on the available connections, train service route in use, the transfer time, and the train used. The journey between Grand Rapids and Chicago has both a direct and indirect connection, with a stop at Kalamazoo train station. Indirect trains take a duration of 4 hours, 20 minutes up to 8 hours, 5 minutes, depending on the transfer time taken at Kalamazoo.

How many trains are there from Grand Rapids to Chicago?

The train route from Grand Rapids to Chicago has one direct train and four indirect trains daily. The direct connection train from Grand Rapids to Chicago is offered by the Pere Marquette train service (371) and departs from Grand Rapids at 6:00 a.m. Multiple train services provide indirect trains with different train routes. From Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo, the trains are offered by a connecting bus. From the train transfer station to Chicago, connections are offered by Wolverine and Blue Water train service routes. The first indirect train departs from Grand Rapids at 7:10 a.m. while the last one departs at 7:05 p.m., giving the passenger loads of choice when booking their trip to Chicago.

What are the departure and arrival stations for the trains from Grand Rapids to Chicago?

Departure station: For the journey from Grand Rapids to Chicago, departures are from Grand Rapids train station. The station is located approximately one mile from the city center. It is commonly called The Vernon J. Ehlers train station, and is the terminus station of the Pere Marquette line. The station has one platform and one track and can be accessed on foot from most of the areas in Grand Rapids. From the city center, the station can be accessed using bus nine, 11, 90, 13, and six- a trip which takes approximately 13 minutes. Services and facilities at the station include a Quik-Trak kiosk, waiting room, restroom, vending machines, and parking spaces.

Arrival station: Arrivals for the journey by train from Grand Rapids to Chicago are at the Chicago Union Station. The distance from the station to Chicago city center is approximately half a mile (0.8 kilometers). The large station has various facilities and services such as a food court, luggage storage, restrooms, lockers, dining, MobileQubes, ATMs, retail stores, baggage claim offices, Amtrak and Metra offices, parking options and access for people with limited mobility. For getting around Chicago and to the train station, there are three public transportation options that one can use besides walking- which takes approximately seven minutes from the city center. By using the bus- bus numbers one, seven, 28, 60, 121, 125, 126, 151, 156, 157, 192, 754, and 755- a trip which takes approximately ten minutes to the city center from the train station. By using train- Md-W, MD-N, BNSF, and SWS. By using metro- blue line, purple line, brown line, orange line, and pink line.

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Trains from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago
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FAQs
What is the price of the cheapest train from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago?
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago trains for as little as $30 (€24)  in the next 7 days.
What is the cost of a train to Chicago from Grand Rapids, MI?
The train price to Chicago from Grand Rapids, MI is on average $37 (€30)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this trip in the next 7 days.
What is the distance from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago by train?
When traveling this route you should expect the distance between Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago by train to be approximately 126 miles (204 km).
How long is the train between Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago?
On average the Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago train time is 4 h 8 min  covering the 126 miles (204 km) long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
What train providers go from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago?
If you're looking for trains from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago, you can rely on Amtrak to get you to Chicago. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago journey to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
What are the first and last departure train times from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago?
You can take the first train from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago at 10: 00 AM. The last train from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago that you can take departs at 10: 00 AM. Omio shows you the latest train from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago schedule to help you book the best departure time for this route.
How far in advance should I purchase train tickets from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago for the best deals?
If you book a train ticket from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $37 (€30) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.