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Basic costs and travel times from New York City NY to Chicago IL

The train journey from New York City to Chicago takes about 23 h 7 min and costs $ 94.25. There are roughly 2 daily departures, with the first train leaving at . The last train departure from New York City is at .

The route from New York City NY to Chicago IL

The long-distance, cross-country route from New York City to Chicago can be taken in several ways. The most direct is the historic Lake Shore Limited, an overnight Amtrak service that runs 3 days a week. Alternatively, you can take an Acela service to Washington Union Station and connect to the Capitol Limited service for Chicago. Other connections are also possible, such as in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, but they add several hours to your trip.

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Direct trains for Chicago depart from New York Penn Station, the city’s main railway hub. Easy to get to, you’ll want to arrive early to navigate this sprawling and alluring station. Your train will be found in Moynihan Train Hall. This epic 959-mile overnight journey takes in some 20 stops along the way, including the following:

  • New York City (Penn Station)
  • Albany
  • Buffalo
  • Cleveland
  • Chicago (Union Station)

Taking the Lake Shore Limited overnight train

The overnight train embarks in the mid-afternoon. Depending on your seat booking, you’ll be taken to your bedroom or your seat in a standard carriage. Your train departs north from New York along the Hudson River. This scenic stretch of Upstate New York offers excellent views to your left of the Catskills as you pass Poughkeepsie for Albany. This epic landscape of the Iroquois Nation is a beautiful blend of charming waterfront towns and rich forests. If you're lucky enough to travel in the fall, the views are astonishing.

All private cabin travelers have access to a complimentary onboard meal – the perfect accompaniment to the splendid surroundings. As night approaches, you head deeper into New York State, curving around Syracuse through Rochester and, eventually, Buffalo. By the time you wake up, you’ll likely have traversed the entire state of Ohio, hugging Lake Erie through Cleveland and Toledo.

Morning in Indiana

This stretch as you pass through Waterloo and Elkhart offers excellent views of Indiana State. From here, you head west toward the southern shores of Lake Michigan. It’s now only a short stretch to the city of Chicago, where you’ll catch prized glimpses north over the lake. Private cabin bookers will receive their breakfast overlooking these new state views.

Your train terminates at Chicago Union Station, the city’s main railway hub. It’s located in the West Loop Gate neighborhood of Chicago and serves as the Midwest’s flagship Amtrak station. It's an astonishing Beaux-Arts-style building that was completed in 1925. Centrally located, you can disembark for connections into the city by rapid transit rail, bus, or taxi.

Discover the Windy City, Chicago IL 

The city of magnificent Frank Lloyd Wright-designed architecture is a treat to behold. The third-largest city in the country, Chicago offers a plenitude of first-rate museums, galleries, and attractions. Yet it’s also a great place for outdoor enthusiasts, thanks to its position beside Lake Michigan.

 

Art and architectural wonders

Chicago's skyline is legendary. Of all the impressive skyscrapers, the Willis Tower dominates the landscape. Take an elevator to the top and experience the best panoramas of the city via the Skydeck viewpoint. The famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright began his career in the city. His Prairie-style designs were perfected here, with Robie House and The Rookery, along with his old studio, making excellent visits. Get an overview of all this at the Chicago Architecture Center, where you can take a boat tour of the city’s gems.

Chicago also offers a wide number of excellent galleries and outdoor art spaces. Look for the Chicago Picasso, a stunning sculpture located in Daley Plaza. As for museums, the world-class Art Institute of Chicago contains a breathtaking collection of Impressionist masterpieces. Other highlights include the Museum of Mexican Art, Intuit Gallery, Stony Island Arts Bank, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

First-rate museums and public spaces

Chicago boasts some of the country’s best museums. The Museum of Science & Industry is one of the largest in the world. It offers interactive weather exhibits and a wide range of Second World War machinery. Especially great for children, the museum is located near the famed Jackson Park. This peaceful 550-acre park is a true gem with an impressive Japanese garden. Another top choice is the Field Museum of Natural History, home to some 30 million artifacts.

Renowned for its outdoor parks and walkways, Chicago is a pleasure to explore on foot. One of its highlights is the Navy Pier, a bustling center of fun activity. With carnival rides and a delightful Children’s Museum, this is one for families. Another high point is Millennium Park, the city's alluring outdoor art space. Look out for the child-favorite Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain, an interactive display that spouts water at visitors.

World-famous food

Chicago is one of the country's most exciting culinary centers. Alongside local institutions like Lou Mitchell's, you'll find Michelin-starred restaurants and street food essentials. Some of the most renowned streets for food include Randolph Street, home to local superstars, and Division Street, offering trendy bistros. Upmarket dining can be found in West Loop. Some local love-it or hate-it options include Chicago-style hot dogs and the deep-dish pizza.

If you’re looking to walk and eat, head to one of Chicago’s bustling food truck spaces. The best of these can be found around Wicker Park and Lake View. Another excellent option is the Green City Market, a fun outdoor market with local produce and cooking demonstrations.

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New York, NY to Chicago, IL by train

Best price $ 90
Journey duration 23 h 7 min
Connections per day 5
First departure 06:45
Last departure 15:40
Distance 712 mi

Ticket price New York, NY - Chicago, IL every day

 
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$ 105.89
$ 91.50
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$ 123.47
$ 91.50
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$ 70.14
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Route Summary by Train

Connections
5
Carriers
1
Minimum price
$ 90
Maximum price
$ 269

New York, NY - Chicago, IL

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Best prices for the month

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By Bus

$ 123.47

Date
Sunday, December. 5th 2021
Greyhound-logo
GW Bridge - Union Station
3:00pm - 2:35pm
Greyhound
24h 35min
CO2: 36.67kg
By Flight

$ 91.50

Date
Sunday, December. 5th 2021
United Airlines-logo
LaGuardia - O'Hare Intl
8:00am - 9:52am
United Airlines
2h 52min
CO2: 230.3kg
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Amtrak
direct
Duration: 28 h 15 min
New York, NY - Chicago, IL
06:45 - 10:00
$ 112
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Amtrak
1 change
Duration: 22 h 43 min
New York, NY - Chicago, IL
11:02 - 08:45
$ 173
Amtrak-logo
Amtrak
1 change
Duration: 22 h 40 min
New York, NY - Chicago, IL
11:05 - 08:45
$ 173
Amtrak-logo
Amtrak
1 change
Duration: 22 h 53 min
New York, NY - Chicago, IL
10:52 - 08:45
$ 182
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Amtrak
2 changes
Duration: 23 h 58 min
New York, NY - Chicago, IL
10:52 - 09:50
$ 182
Amtrak-logo
Amtrak
direct
Duration: 19 h 10 min
New York, NY - Chicago, IL
15:40 - 09:50

How much time will it take to go from New York, NY to Chicago, IL by train?

The journey from New York, NY to Chicago, IL covers a distance of 712 mi. On average, you can expect your journey to last roughly 23 h 7 min. However, booking the fastest option will see you reach your destination in approximately 19 h 10 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 New York, NY to Chicago, IL faster by making connections, rather than taking a direct route.

At what time of the day can I travel from New York, NY to Chicago, IL?

The first daily departure from New York, NY to Chicago, IL leaves at 06:45, while the last journey of the day sets out at 15:40. These are according to the standard schedules for the route between New York, NY and Chicago, IL. However, different providers' timetables can vary from day to day or month to month, so these particular departures may not be available every day. Some providers may change their schedules on public holidays and weekends, or during the summer months. Check your travel dates when making your booking.

What are the stations on the New York, NY to Chicago, IL route?

There are different options to choose from when traveling between New York, NY and Chicago, IL. You can start your journey in New York, NY at stations such as New York, NY. These connect to stations including Chicago, IL in Chicago, IL. There may not be a direct connection between all the stations in the two locations. Some providers will only serve a selection of the stations, and you may have to travel from one station to another in the same city after arrival to reach your ultimate destination. Virail will show you both all direct routes and any connecting services which you can take to get from New York, NY to Chicago, IL.

How many times a day do departures from New York, NY leave for Chicago, IL?

If you want to get from New York, NY to Chicago, IL, you can travel with providers such as Amtrak. You will find a maximum number of 6 departures per day. On average, there are 5 departures per day. Book in advance to make sure that your journey will run smoothly and you depart at a time that suits you best. When you travel, you can look for direct journeys or other routes which offer connections and changes. On average, there are 2 direct journeys between New York, NY and Chicago, IL. If you don't mind changing along the way, you may find more options available to you. There are usually 3 journeys with at least one change. These numbers may vary depending on the time of year or day of the week. Some travelers prefer direct routes, particularly if they are carrying heavy suitcases or concerned about missing a connection. Others enjoy the flexibility offered by connecting journeys. Whatever you prefer, Virail can help you find the right options to suit you.

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