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Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY by train

The journey from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY by train is 453.76 mi and takes 26 hr 39 min. There are 1 connections per day, with the first departure at 6:40 PM and the last at 9:30 PM. It is possible to travel from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY by train for as little as $89.25 or as much as $151.74. The best price for this journey is $89.25.

Lowest Price$89.25
Journey Duration26 hr 39 min
Connection per Day1
Lowest Price$89.25
Highest Price$151.74
First Departure6:40 PM
Last Departure9:30 PM
Distance453.76 mi
DepartureChicago, IL
ArrivalBuffalo, NY
CarriersAmtrak

Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY Train Times

Departure date
Wednesday, Jul 17, 2024

Travel from Chicago, IL, to Buffalo, NY, by train

The train ride from Chicago, IL, to Buffalo, NY, lasts on average 26 hr 39 min. Around 1 trains depart a day between Chicago and Buffalo, the average price is $125.98 and the lowest ticket pricing starts at around $89.25.

Amtrak, the largest passenger railroad service in the U.S., operates the train from Chicago to Buffalo. Amtrak Lakeshore Limited directly connects the two cities. It does not serve Buffalo's main Exchange station but Deepew station, a little bit outside of Buffalo, but there are frequent connections between the two stations.e

The Lakeshore Limited is the train route between Chicago and New York. It passes through Cleveland, South Bend, and Buffalo, along some of the most stunning shorelines of the USA. The name refers to the route following the Mohawk River, the Erie Canal, and the south shore of Lake Michigan. The scenery along the famous Native American Highway, as it is also called, is truly spectacular. It stops in 22 cities, and its estimated journey time is about 10 hours. It leaves New York once a day, every day. It is a Viewliner train with sleeper cars and a café on board.

Amtrak offers three sleeping options on Lakeshore Limited.

  1. The Roomette is, at first glance, a tiny room, but it is very well-used. Different innovative storage options will surprise you at every step. They start with two comfortable recliner seats, which turn into a bed, and a second bunk bed that you pull from the ceiling, making enough space for two people to sleep and have a great view. The older Viewliner cars have a toilet and a sink in the room (one of the surprises under the steps to the upper bunk), which can be tricky if there are two people. The newer cars have toilets and bathrooms in the hallway.
  2. The Bedroom is twice as big, with a big comfy queen bed and a bathroom in the room (separated by a door). It has all the amenities of the Roomette with more space and a higher price. 
  3. The Two-Room Suite on a train offers twice the space of a regular Bedroom accommodation. During the day, the suite features two sofas and separate chairs for seating; at night, these furnishings convert into upper and lower beds, providing comfortable sleeping arrangements. It includes two in-room sinks, restrooms, and showers.

If you opt for the sleeping car, you must book the entire unit, alone or with someone. Also, the coach has comfortable reclining seats, perfect for getting some shut-eye, so give it a chance.

The Café car is available for all passengers during the day, while the Sleepers Lounge is open only for sleeping passengers. Both offer meals, snacks, and beverages, and the sleepers have all three meals included in the ticket price.

Chicago Union Station is one of the biggest U.S. transportation hubs, ranking as the third busiest train station in the United States. It is a gateway to 15 Amtrak train lines, connecting travelers to nationwide destinations. Union Station also provides access to bus carriers such as Greyhound, Indian Trails, and Jefferson Lines and connections to Metra commuter lines. Conveniently located in downtown Chicago and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is within walking distance to the nearest Chicago L lines. It offers numerous amenities and services, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

You will end your journey at Depew Station—a historic train station in Depew, just outside Buffalo, New York. Initially built in 1916, the station was a busy hub for passenger train travel throughout the first half of the 20th century, serving multiple railroads, including the New York Central, Erie, and Lehigh Valley lines. Today, the station has been beautifully restored and serves as a stop for Amtrak'sAmtrak's Empire Service and Maple Leaf routes, connecting Buffalo with cities like New York, Toronto, and Chicago. The station has accessible parking and toilets.

Buffalo has plenty of activities and attractions to offer visitors. Art and architecture enthusiasts can explore the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, while foodies can relinquish Buffalo-style chicken wings. The city is also home to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Zoo, and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Visitors can stroll along the Canalside waterfront or drive to see Niagara Falls. 

So if you plan to travel by train from Chicago to Buffalo, let us help you plan it. We check thousands of rail, bus, and flight destinations to help you find the best price. Check out our handy price calendar below, where you can see the best prices across all modes of transport between Chicago and Buffalo.

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If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Price as departure date approaches

Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $80.12 to $495.36 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 84% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY

The cheapest Chicago, IL - Buffalo, NY train tickets can be found for as low as $95.99 if you’re lucky, or $128.91 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $213.64.

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When travelling to Buffalo, NY by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

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Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY CO2 Emissions by Train

Ecology
Train
51.12kg
Bus
54.77kg
Flight
146.05kg
Car
116.84kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Chicago, IL and Buffalo, NY are 51.12kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Chicago, IL and Buffalo, NY? By taking the train between Chicago, IL and Buffalo, NY you will save 94.93kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 3.65kg compared to a bus and 65.72kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY?
A train ticket from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY is $125.98. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $89.25.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY is $89.25. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Chicago, IL and Buffalo, NY by train?
Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY is 453.76 mi.
How long does the train between Chicago, IL and Buffalo, NY take?
Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY is on average 26 hr 39 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 16 hr 59 min.
How many train connections per day go from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY?
Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY has 1 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY leave?
The earliest train from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY departs at 6:40 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY depart?
The latest train from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY departs at 9:30 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $89.25 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
What's the fastest journey time between Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Chicago, IL and Buffalo, NY is 16 hr 59 min.
Is there a direct train from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY?
Yes, there is a direct train between Chicago, IL and Buffalo, NY.
What are the CO2 emissions for Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY by train?
The train journey from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY creates 51.12kg of CO2 emissions.

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