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Chicago, IL to Houston, TX by train

The journey from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX by train is 940.38 mi and takes 45 hr 33 min. There are 1 connections per day, with the first departure at 1:55 PM and the last at 8:05 PM. It is possible to travel from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX by train for as little as $162.59 or as much as $805.55. The best price for this journey is $162.59.

Lowest Price$162.59
Journey Duration45 hr 33 min
Connection per Day1
Lowest Price$162.59
Highest Price$805.55
First Departure1:55 PM
Last Departure8:05 PM
Distance940.38 mi
DepartureChicago, IL
ArrivalHouston, TX
CarriersAmtrak

Chicago, IL to Houston, TX Train Times

Departure date
Friday, Mar 1, 2024

Traveling from Chicago, IL, to Houston, TX, by train

The average duration of a train journey from Chicago to Houston is 45 hr 33 min. The distance between the two main stations is 940.38 mi. There are approximately 1 trains connecting Chicago and Houston per day. The cheapest train ticket for this route costs around $162.59. If you're traveling from Chicago to Houston by train, you'll depart from stations. These stations are connected to stations. While there may not be a direct connection between all the stations on this route, Virail provides both direct routes and transfer connection information to reach your destination. Also, please arrive 30 minutes before your train departure to ensure optimal boarding conditions.

The transportation is provided by the railway company Amtrak, primarily through the Texas Eagle service, which offers a scenic and comfortable journey through America's heartland. Along this route, passengers are treated to a visual tour of varied terrains, from the bustling metropolis of Chicago to the expansive landscapes of Texas. The train also offers a variety of sleeping accommodations, ensuring a cozy and restful journey for travelers.

Discover Houston: The Space City

Upon arrival in Houston, a world of space exploration, diverse cultures, and modern marvels awaits. Houston, home to the famous NASA Johnson Space Center, offers a unique blend of pioneering spirit and southern charm. Dive deep into the world of space exploration, or enjoy the city's thriving arts scene and mouthwatering culinary offerings.

Beyond its space legacy, Houston boasts beautiful parks, iconic skyscrapers, and a mosaic of neighborhoods, each with a unique flavor. From the historic Heights to the bustling Downtown, Houston promises a rich experience to every visitor.

Things to do/see in Houston:

  1. Embark on a space adventure at the NASA Johnson Space Center.
  2. Admire world-class art collections at the Museum of Fine Arts.
  3. Discover the wonders of the natural world at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
  4. Stroll around the serene Hermann Park and visit the Houston Zoo.
  5. Explore the vibrant neighborhood of Montrose with its eclectic boutiques and eateries.
  6. Take in a show in the Theater District, home to renowned performing arts venues.
  7. Experience the city's culinary diversity, from Tex-Mex to Southern BBQ.

Things to eat/drink in Houston:

  1. Savor the flavors of Houston's famous Tex-Mex dishes.
  2. Enjoy Texas barbecue, especially the tender brisket.
  3. Indulge in fresh Gulf Coast seafood, including shrimp and oysters.
  4. Try Houston's diverse international cuisine, from Vietnamese to Indian.

Day trips from Houston

From Houston's central location, several fascinating day trip destinations beckon. Explore the beaches of Galveston Island, visit the historic city of San Antonio with its famous Alamo, or experience the tranquility of the Texas Hill Country with its wineries and scenic vistas.

Houston Travel Tips

When in Houston, take advantage of the METRORail for convenient transportation around the city. With its diverse offerings, the city can be overwhelming, so planning your visit is advisable. Due to the city's humid climate, remember to stay hydrated, especially if exploring outdoors. Consider timing your visit to coincide with one of Houston's many festivals or events for a unique experience.

If you plan to travel from Chicago to Houston by train, we're here to guide you through every step of your journey. Compare various travel options, routes, and prices, and choose the one that suits your preferences. Explore our comprehensive price calendar below to make an informed decision.

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Cheap train tickets from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX, 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 Houston, TX.

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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Virail Pro Tip ✌: Booking 10 days in advance save 10% on average

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 $158.07 to $288.84 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 45% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX

The cheapest Chicago, IL - Houston, TX train tickets can be found for as low as $177.35 if you’re lucky, or $201.10 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $258.26.

Find the best day to travel to Houston, TX by train

When travelling to Houston, TX 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 Houston, TX CO2 Emissions by Train

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Train
105.94kg
Bus
113.5kg
Flight
302.68kg
Car
242.14kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Chicago, IL and Houston, TX are 105.94kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Chicago, IL and Houston, TX? By taking the train between Chicago, IL and Houston, TX you will save 196.74kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 7.56kg compared to a bus and 136.2kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX?
A train ticket from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX is $300.13. 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 $162.59.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX is $162.59. 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 Houston, TX by train?
Chicago, IL to Houston, TX is 940.38 mi.
How long does the train between Chicago, IL and Houston, TX take?
Chicago, IL to Houston, TX is on average 45 hr 33 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 45 hr 15 min.
How many train connections per day go from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX?
Chicago, IL to Houston, TX has 1 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX leave?
The earliest train from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX departs at 1:55 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 Houston, TX depart?
The latest train from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX departs at 8:05 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 Houston, TX 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 $162.59 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.
From which stations can I leave from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX?
There are 4 station(s) that you can depart from Chicago, IL to go to Houston, TX. You can go from Chicago/Rockford International Airport, Chicago Midway International Airport, O'Hare International Airport and Union Station and you can arrive at Houston Gray St Parking (Bus Station), Houston Xpress Delivery and William P. Hobby Airport.
What's the fastest journey time between Chicago, IL to Houston, TX by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Chicago, IL and Houston, TX is 45 hr 15 min.
Is there a direct train from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX?
Yes, there is a direct train between Chicago, IL and Houston, TX.
What are the CO2 emissions for Chicago, IL to Houston, TX by train?
The train journey from Chicago, IL to Houston, TX creates 105.94kg of CO2 emissions.

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