Amtrak’s Lincoln Service trains travel daily between Chicago and St. Louis. Total trip time is about 5 hours and 20 minutes, just one hour longer than driving. The schedules are set up for day trips so you can leave in the morning and return same day.

Things to Know

  • WiFi and a cafe are available on all trains
  • Business class tickets include non-alcoholic beverages and a newspaper
  • Schedules and frequency may be different during the pandemic


You can view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets. If you know your start and end stations, you can also use the Amtrak website to create a custom timetable.


  • The 7 a.m. train out of Chicago does not stop at all stations
  • There are two morning and two early evening departures in each direction
  • Trains depart earlier in St. Louis at 4:30 a.m. and 6:40 a.m., which allows for a longer day trip in Chicago (you’ll only have two to three hours in St. Louis if you’re commuting in from Chicago for the day)


Note: All stops are in Illinois except for St. Louis.


  • Chicago Loop
  • Willis Tower
  • Slammers Stadium
  • Jacob Henry Mansion
  • Rialto Square Theatre
  • Humiston-Riverside Park
  • Catherine Yost House Museum
  • Illinois State University
  • Old State Capitol Building
  • Illinois State Museum
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site
  • Scottrade Center
  • Peabody Opera House
  • Busch Stadium
  • Soldiers’ Memorial Military Museum
  • Gateway Mall
  • The Gateway Arch

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