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There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to Evanston by train, bus, subway, taxi or car

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Recommended option

Train  •  23 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago OTC to Evanston Up-N

$4 - $6

Cheapest option

Line 147 bus  •  45 min

  1. Take the line 147 bus from Michigan & Randolph to Paulina & Howard Terminal 147

$3

3 alternative options

Subway  •  49 min

  1. Take the subway from Harold Washington Library to Davis Purple Line

$2 - $5

Taxi  •  17 min

  1. Take a taxi from Chicago to Evanston 13 miles

$40 - $50

Drive  •  17 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Evanston 13 miles

$1 - $2

Chicago to Evanston by train

The train journey time between Chicago and Evanston is around 22 min and covers a distance of around 12 miles. The fastest train normally takes 20 min. Operated by Metra, the Chicago to Evanston train service departs from Chicago OTC and arrives in Evanston. Typically 225 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
22 min
Fastest train time:
20 min
Train distance:
12 miles
Trains per week:
225
Cheapest price:
$4
Carbon emissions:
1 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
00:30
Last train departs at:
23:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Evanston train schedules

Chicago → Evanston
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Rules to follow in United States

2m

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Recommended

Travel within United States

Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 800-232-4636

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, travel within United States is currently allowed.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Evanston is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Evanston is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Evanston is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800-232-4636.

Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Evanston is to drive which costs $1 - $2 and takes 17 min.

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The fastest way to get from Chicago to Evanston is to taxi which takes 17 min and costs $40 - $50.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Michigan & Randolph and arriving at Paulina & Howard Terminal. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago OTC and arriving at Evanston. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 23 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Evanston is 12 miles. The road distance is 13 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Evanston without a car is to train which takes 23 min and costs $4 - $6.

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The train from Chicago OTC to Evanston takes 23 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Chicago to Evanston bus services, operated by Chicago Transit (CTA), depart from Michigan & Randolph station.

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Chicago to Evanston train services, operated by Metra, depart from Chicago OTC station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Evanston is to train which takes 23 min and costs $4 - $6. Alternatively, you can line 147 bus, which costs $3 and takes 45 min.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Evanston.
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  • Distance: 11.9 miles
  • Duration: 23 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Evanston, IL, USA?

Metra operates a train from Chicago OTC to Evanston hourly. Tickets cost $4 - $6 and the journey takes 23 min. Alternatively, Chicago Transit (CTA) operates a bus from Michigan & Randolph to Paulina & Howard Terminal every 15 minutes. Tickets cost $3 and the journey takes 45 min.

Train operators
Metra
Phone
+1 312-322-6777
Website
metrarail.com
Train from Chicago OTC to Evanston
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Metra
Bus operators
Chicago Transit (CTA)
Phone
+1 888-968-7282
Website
transitchicago.com
Bus from Michigan & Randolph to Paulina & Howard Terminal
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
transitchicago.com
Other operators
Taxi from Chicago to Evanston
Ave. Duration
17 min
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Yellow Cab Chicago
Phone
+1 312-829-4222
Website
facebook.com
Flash Cab
Phone
+1 773-561-4444
Checker
Phone
+1 312-243-2537
Website
checkertaxichicago.com

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Chicago to Evanston bus services, operated by Chicago Transit (CTA), arrive at Paulina & Howard Terminal station.

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Chicago to Evanston train services, operated by Metra, arrive at Evanston station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Evanston is 13 miles. It takes approximately 17 min to drive from Chicago to Evanston.

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