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Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA by train

The journey from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA by train is 1,731.9 mi and takes 58 hr 56 min. There are 2 connections per day, with the first departure at 1:45 PM and the last at 2:50 PM. It is possible to travel from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA by train for as little as $77.15 or as much as $269.12. The best price for this journey is $77.15.

Lowest Price$77.15
Journey Duration58 hr 56 min
Connection per Day2
Lowest Price$77.15
Highest Price$269.12
First Departure1:45 PM
Last Departure2:50 PM
Distance1,731.9 mi
DepartureChicago, IL
ArrivalSan Diego, CA
CarriersAmtrak

Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA Train Times

Departure date
Sunday, Mar 3, 2024

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How much does it cost to get from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA by train?

The cheapest train tickets from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA cost $77.15. On average, you can expect to spend around $159.48 for your train ticket. Virail will help you find a journey that fits your budget. You can expect prices to vary between different travel providers and methods of transport; often, faster journeys will cost more than slower routes. If your travel dates are flexible, you might be able to find cheaper train tickets, as prices may fluctuate a little from day to day. You may also find lower prices by booking at certain times of day, avoiding rush hour traffic. Another tip for travelers on a tight budget is to look for connecting journeys. Sometimes it can be cheaper to make a change or two along the way, rather than traveling on a direct route from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA.
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On average, a train ticket from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA will cost you $159.48. If you are trying to stick to a budget, there are several ways you can seek out lower ticket prices. For example, if your travel dates are flexible, you might find that some days of the week are cheaper than others. Traveling during peak season will usually cost more, so avoid that if you want to save money. Even the time of day can affect the price of tickets sometimes. You can also look for an indirect route, which may be cheaper than a direct connection. Often, the cheapest train tickets can be found by booking well in advance. However, be mindful that many companies do not offer refunds or exchanges on their cheapest tickets.

How long does the journey from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA take by train?

The journey between Chicago, IL and San Diego, CA by train is approximately 1,731.9 mi. It will take you more or less 58 hr 56 min to complete this journey. This average figure does not take into account any delays that might arise on your route in exceptional circumstances. If you are planning to make a connection or operating on a tight schedule, give yourself plenty of time. The journey from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA covers a distance of 1,731.9 mi. On average, you can expect your journey to last roughly 58 hr 56 min. However, booking the fastest option will see you reach your destination in approximately 47 hr 47 min. For faster journeys, look for express routes. Please remember that these may only depart at certain times of day, or on particular days of the week. You may also find that you can go from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA faster by making connections, rather than taking a direct route.

At what time of the day can I travel from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA?

If you want to set off early, take the first departure of the day from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA, which usually leaves at 1:45 PM. The last scheduled departure of the day is normally at 2:50 PM. These timetables may vary depending on the day of the week, or at different times of year. If you prefer to travel at night, you will usually find the first departure from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA leaving at 1:45 PM. Although things may change depending on the day, in general the last departure of the night leaves at 2:50 PM.If you have some flexibility over the day on which you travel, you might find more options available to you. For example, some providers may only run early morning routes on weekdays, when people are traveling to work. You will often find fewer options available on weekends or public holidays.

When traveling from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA by train, which stations can I use?

Depending on the type of transport, and the provider you decide to use for your journey, you will be able to depart Chicago, IL from the following stations: . Arriving at San Diego, CA, your route will pass through all or some of the following stations: . Not all transport providers serve every station, so check in advance to see exactly where your route takes you. You may need to use another form of transport to get from one station to another or to your final destination when you arrive in San Diego, CA.

How many journeys from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA take place each day?

You will be able to travel from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA using companies such as . Combined, these providers offer an average of 2 journeys each day. This average figure may not necessarily reflect your chosen travel dates. On certain days of the week, there may be more or less journeys available. At the busiest times, there will be up to departures available in a single day. You can choose to travel from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA using both direct and indirect routes. These options will help you find a journey that suits your budget, your time frame, and the circumstances of your trip. There are, on average, 0 direct connections from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA each day. Indirect connections add more possibilities, giving you extra flexibility when traveling. In an average day, you will find 2 journeys with at least one change. These figures may vary at certain times of year, and some routes might not run every day of the week. Unfortunately, no connection was found for your trip from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA. Selecting a new departure or arrival city, without dramatically changing your itinerary could help you find connections.

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Cheap train tickets from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA
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 San Diego, CA.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA, 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 San Diego, CA.

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.

Best time to book Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA travel

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Best time to book cheap train tickets from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA

The cheapest Chicago, IL - San Diego, CA train tickets can be found for as low as $158.33 if you’re lucky, or $212.72 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $369.34.

Find the best day to travel to San Diego, CA by train

When travelling to San Diego, CA 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 San Diego, CA CO2 Emissions by Train

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Train
195.11kg
Bus
209.04kg
Flight
557.44kg
Car
445.95kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Chicago, IL and San Diego, CA are 195.11kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Chicago, IL and San Diego, CA? By taking the train between Chicago, IL and San Diego, CA you will save 362.33kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 13.93kg compared to a bus and 250.84kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA?
A train ticket from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA is $159.48. 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 $77.15.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA is $77.15. 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 San Diego, CA by train?
Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA is 1,731.9 mi.
How long does the train between Chicago, IL and San Diego, CA take?
Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA is on average 58 hr 56 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 47 hr 47 min.
How many train connections per day go from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA?
Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA has 2 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA leave?
The earliest train from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA departs at 1:45 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 San Diego, CA depart?
The latest train from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA departs at 2:50 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 San Diego, CA 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 $77.15 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 San Diego, CA?
There are 4 station(s) that you can depart from Chicago, IL to go to San Diego, CA. You can go from Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago/Rockford International Airport, Union Station and O'Hare International Airport and you can arrive at San Diego Balboa Park (Presidents Way), Old Town Station and Santa Fe Depot.
What's the fastest journey time between Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Chicago, IL and San Diego, CA is 47 hr 47 min.
Is there a direct train from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA?
Yes, there is a direct train between Chicago, IL and San Diego, CA.
What are the CO2 emissions for Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA by train?
The train journey from Chicago, IL to San Diego, CA creates 195.11kg of CO2 emissions.

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