The cheapest trainsfrom Chicago to Los Angeles

Showing times and prices for 2023-06-08





The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Chicago to Los Angeles will cost around $211 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $146.

Journey Summary

Journey Summary

Chicago to Los Angeles train information

timelapseAvg. Train duration11h 12m
attach_moneyTrain ticket price$146
place Train depart fromChicago
pin_drop Train arrive inLos Angeles
directions_transit Train companiesAmtrak

Travel tips

Train from Chicago to Los Angeles

Travel by train to Los Angeles easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Chicago to Los Angeles.
  • How much cost tickets to Los Angeles?

  • Amtrak tickets to Los Angeles costs between $146 and USD 312.00 each seat.

    This $146 train leaves at 19:50 from Chicago train station at Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St, Union Station.

    On the contrary, the train leaving at 20:05 have the most expensive ticket to Los Angeles for about USD 312.00.

    During holidays and peak seasons fares are generally higher.

  • How far apart is Los Angeles from Chicago?

  • The train traveling average length from Chicago to Los Angeles is around 11h 12m.

    Getting Amtrak fastest train from Chicago, you probably arrive in about 1h 30m in Los Angeles.

    Amtrak does not normally guarantee connections of less than 60 minutes.

    Usually 90 minutes between arriving long-distance trains and local trains in the Northeast Corridor.

  • Can I bring my pet on the train?

  • Sure! But there are several rules you have to comply with and be aware of, so your beloved pet will be able to come with you.

    - Dogs and cats up to 20 pounds

    - You need to make a prior reservation. There's a maximum of five pets per train, and they're limited to one pet per customer.

    - The trip is limited to 7 (seven) hours of total travel time. Multi-ride tickets aren’t allowed.

    - The pet carrier you bring can be hard or soft-sided but has to be leakproof and well ventilated for comfort and safety. Maximum weight: 20 pounds. Maximum size: 19" long x 14" wide x 10.5" high.

    - Also, the carrier has to be big enough so the pet is able to sit, lie down and remain entirely inside without touching the sides.

    - Is allowed in Coach class, but not in First class, non-Acela Business class, bedroom accommodations, or food service cars.

    - It’s mandatory to sign a Pet Release and Indemnification Agreement for each travel segment.

    - It must be at least eight weeks old, odorless, harmless, not disruptive, and require no attention during travel.

    - It’s not permitted to ship it or allow them to travel as checked baggage.
  • Can you buy an Amtrak ticket onboard the train?

  • There are two options for purchasing tickets during the trip, is using cash or credit card.

    All tickets purchased onboard include a service fee built into the fare and payment must be in cash. Who chose to purchase using a credit card must call the contact center at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) to complete their payment.

    But stay aware that is used in limited situations. For example, when you pay for your tickets in advance of travel and your departure station is closed at the time of departure and no other delivery option exists.

  • How to get ticket refund on Amtrak?

  • Note that Amtrak have different policies regarding fare types and changes. Find more information on Amtrak page.

  • Where are located Chicago and Los Angeles train stations?

  • For this trip to Los Angeles, you can get on board at Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St, Union Station.

    Moreover, get off the train at Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St, Union Station, 3750 Empire Ave, Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd, 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth.

    Most Amtrak stations in major cities, and many other stations across the country, are accessible to passengers with a disability.

    Call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information regarding the accessibility of the stations on your itinerary.

  • When is the first and last train departing from Chicago on 2023-06-08?

  • The first train time to Los Angeles is at 03:20.

    The last departure time from Chicago is at 22:35.

  • How easy is to get by train to Los Angeles from Chicago?

  • On average you find 18 daily Amtrak Chicago to Los Angeles schedules.

    Usually, there are 126 train departures every week on this route.

    Amtrak operates a large fleet to Los Angeles.

    It is an average of 18 departures per day and 540 trips every month.

  • How to get cheap Amtrak train tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles?

  • Amtrak offer a total of 18 train schedules to Los Angeles.

    Compare all available fares that vary according to comfort, ticket promotions, and availability.

    Take time and check customers 1643 Amtrak reviews for train services.

    Users reviews always best describe the real train trip experience.The company score relates to quality, punctuality, cleanliness, and staff behavior. Ratings and reviews are relevant information when searching and comparing ticket prices for this destination.

    Keep in mind that in all train departure times from Chicago have different ticket prices based on fare options.

    What is shown on the list is the cheapest fare type still available if Saver, Value, Flexible or Premium.

    On this trip, tickets are available starting on $146 and this is the lower trip price you can get on 2023-06-08.

    Book your train tickets 14 days in advance with Saver Fares for 20% discount.

    On searching for Los Angeles cheap tickets it may apply. In many routes across the country this is the best method to get trip discounts.

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  • Can I get a bus from Chicago to Los Angeles instead of a train?

  • Click here to check on the bus prices for this trip. Going by bus, sometimes, can be the cheapest way to travel between Chicago and Los Angeles.

  • Which is the best way for train booking?

  • There are many different secure forms of acquiring a ticket. The more comfortable, secure and faster way is to get your eTicket online at Amtrak website. Alternatively, you can book at a Quik-Trak Kiosk or directly at the counter. Amtrak phone number: +1 215-856-7924 Find out more on search and buy cheap train tickets in North America.

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