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 in the evening.

Things to Know

  • WiFi and a cafe are available on all trains
  • Business class tickets include non-alcoholic beverages and a newspaper
  • The Texas Eagle stops at all the same stations if you need more train options between Chicago and St. Louis. The Eagle also has more amenities such as upper-level seating, a dining car and luggage storage, but no WiFi.


View the Amtrak timetable for the Lincoln Service train under the Illinois Services section to plan your trip. You can also view schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets.


  • 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