There are 3 ways to get from Chicago to Kankakee by train, bus or car
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Train • 1h 16m
$25 - $35
Bus • 1h 38m
$23 - $31
1 alternative option
Drive • 1h 2m
$5 - $9
Chicago to Kankakee by train
The train journey time between Chicago and Kankakee is around 1h 11m and covers a distance of around 56 miles. The fastest train normally takes 1h 7m. Operated by Amtrak, the Chicago to Kankakee train service departs from Chicago Union Station and arrives in Kankakee. Typically 14 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.
Train route overview
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The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.
Chicago to Kankakee train schedules
Trains departing Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Trains departing Thursday, June 17, 2021
Trains departing Friday, June 18, 2021
Trains departing Saturday, June 19, 2021
Trains departing Sunday, June 20, 2021
Trains departing Monday, June 21, 2021
Trains departing Tuesday, June 22, 2021
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Last updated: 16 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers
The cost-effective way to get from Chicago to Kankakee is to drive, which costs $5 - $9 and takes 1h 2m.
The quickest way to get from Chicago to Kankakee is to drive which costs $5 - $9 and takes 1h 2m.
Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Kankakee. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 16m.
The distance between Chicago and Kankakee is 54 miles. The road distance is 59.3 miles.
The best way to get from Chicago to Kankakee without a car is to train which takes 1h 16m and costs $25 - $35.
The train from Chicago Union Station to Kankakee takes 1h 16m including transfers and departs three times a day.
Chicago to Kankakee train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Chicago Union Station.
The best way to get from Chicago to Kankakee is to train which takes 1h 16m and costs $25 - $35. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $22 - $35 and takes 1h 38m.
Chicago to Kankakee train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Kankakee station.
Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Kankakee is 59 miles. It takes approximately 1h 2m to drive from Chicago to Kankakee.
What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Kankakee, IL, USA?
Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Kankakee 3 times a day. Tickets cost $25 - $35 and the journey takes 1h 16m. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Chicago to Kankakee once daily. Tickets cost $13 - $20 and the journey takes 1h 35m.
Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.
Train from Chicago Union Station to Kankakee
- Ave. Duration
- 1h 16m
- 3 times a day
- Estimated price
- $25 - $35
- Schedules at
- Coach Seat
- $25 - $35
- $180 - $250
- Flexi Coach Seat
- $35 - $55
- Business Seat
- $30 - $50
Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.
Bus from Chicago to Kankakee
- Ave. Duration
- 1h 35m
- Once daily
- Estimated price
- $13 - $20
- $13 - $20
- $30 - $45
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