There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to Evanston by train, bus, subway, taxi or car
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Train • 23 min
$4 - $6
Line 147 bus • 45 min
3 alternative options
Subway • 49 min
$2 - $5
Taxi • 17 min
$40 - $50
Drive • 17 min
$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.
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Questions & Answers
The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Evanston is to drive which costs $1 - $2 and takes 17 min.
The fastest way to get from Chicago to Evanston is to taxi which takes 17 min and costs $40 - $50.
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.
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.
The distance between Chicago and Evanston is 12 miles. The road distance is 13 miles.
The best way to get from Chicago to Evanston without a car is to train which takes 23 min and costs $4 - $6.
The train from Chicago OTC to Evanston takes 23 min including transfers and departs hourly.
Chicago to Evanston bus services, operated by Chicago Transit (CTA), depart from Michigan & Randolph station.
Chicago to Evanston train services, operated by Metra, depart from Chicago OTC station.
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.
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.
Subway from Harold Washington Library to Davis
- Ave. Duration
- 49 min
- Every 20 minutes
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- $2 - $5
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Bus from Michigan & Randolph to Paulina & Howard Terminal
- Ave. Duration
- 45 min
- Every 15 minutes
- Estimated price
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More Questions & Answers
Chicago to Evanston bus services, operated by Chicago Transit (CTA), arrive at Paulina & Howard Terminal station.
Chicago to Evanston train services, operated by Metra, arrive at Evanston station.
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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