Southwest Chief


The Southwest Chief train travels from Los Angeles to Chicago, covering a distance of 2,265 miles over the course of 43 hours. This daily route passes through the Southwest and Midwest, offering views of various landscapes.

The train departs from Los Angeles and travels east through the Mojave Desert, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois. Along the route, passengers can see rock formations, the Mississippi River, Native American country, and the American heartland.

The Southwest Chief is a train that operates daily, offering a journey that is available to those who wish to travel by train.


  1. Chicago Union Station (eastern terminus)
  2. Los Angeles Union Station (western terminus)
Major Stops
  1. Flagstaff, Arizona
  2. Winslow, Arizona
  3. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  4. Raton, New Mexico
  5. La Junta, Colorado
  6. Newton, Kansas
  7. Kansas City, Missouri
  8. Galesburg, Illinois
Distance and Average Journey Time
  1. 2,265 miles (3,645 km)
  2. Approximately 43 hour


  1. Painted Desert and Red Cliffs of Sedona, Arizona
  2. Native American country in New Mexico
  3. Spectacular sunsets and pristine vistas of the Great Plains and Midwest
  4. Views of the mighty Mississippi River
  5. Crossing through the San Bernardino Mountains in California
  6. Passing by the Missouri River


Coach Class

One-way fares from Chicago to Los Angeles start at $150. Prices may vary depending on the route segment and booking time.

Superliner Accommodations
  1. Roomette: This accommodation features a private space with convertible seating to beds. Prices start at $500-700 one-way.
  2. Bedroom: This accommodation includes a private restroom and shower. Prices start at $1200-1500 one-way.
  3. Family Bedroom: This accommodation can accommodate up to four people and includes private facilities. Prices are approximately $1,800 one-way.

Note: Prices may vary depending on the route segment and booking time. Sometimes it is cheaper to book an airline.

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