Amtrak Illinois Zephyr Schedule

Illinois Zephyr (Amtrak): Chicago to Quincy, IL

The Amtrak Illinois Zephyr is a daily train between Chicago and Quincy, IL, including Galesburg and other intermediate stops. A complementary regional train is the Carl Sandburg, with the long-distance trains Southwest Chief and the California Zephyr covering many but not all of the same stops.

The eastbound Carl Sandburg coming into Princeton, IL

The Illinois Zephyr Numbers

Amtrak’s Eastbound Illinois Zephyr Line is 380, and 383 is the Westbound.

Coach class on the Illinois Zephyr

Amfleet Coach
Amfleet Coach Class

The Illinois Zephyr coach seating features a fold-down tray and seat back pockets.

This train has individual reading lights and 120v grounded (three-prong) electric outlets for convenience. Depending on the car, the outlet is either on the wall or between the seats.

Overhead luggage racks and a shelf at one end where you can also put your belongings.

Business class

Business class includes extra legroom, a comfortable seat, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages; ask the cafe car attendant for more details.

Additionally, Business Class customers receive a 25% bonus on Amtrak Guest Rewards points, and if you are leaving from Chicago, business class passengers can use the Metropolitan Lounge for a fee!

Wi-fi & Entertainment

Amtrak offers free Wi-Fi on this train. While free, it does have some restrictions, for it can throttle or not allow streaming. You may not be able to download or upload large files.

Amtrak does not offer streaming entertainment, but here are some entertainment ideas for you.

Food on the Illinois Zephyr

Amtrak's Amfleet Café Car
Amtrak’s Amfleet Cafe Car

On this train, you can buy or bring food in the cafe car, which offers a variety of hot and cold meals, snacks, and hot, cold, and adult beverages.

You can consume your purchases in the cafe or at your seat.

Conductors and the cafe car attendant will let you know when it is open and its location, generally at the one end of the train.

Bringing Food On The Illinois Zephyr

Amtrak allows you to bring food and drink aboard the train, but you can only consume what you obtained at your seat, not in the cafe.

While you can bring alcohol on the train, you can’t consume it on the rails. If you get caught drinking your own or get out of hand, you can be removed by the train’s conductors.

Add on’s

There are a few convencases you can add to your reservations.


Carry-On/Trainside bicyclesyou can bring up to 50 lbs. Standard bicycle sizes apply. Maximum tire width: 2″. Check the link for details. Bike service may not be available at all stations.

Pets and service animals

Amtrak allows dogs and cats:

Amtrak helping passenger
Amtrak conductor assists a passenger in getting to the right car. Photo Courtesy of Amtrak
  • Up to 20 pounds
    • The combined weight of the pet and carrier.
  • These spots could be limited, and there is paperwork.
  • You need paperwork before you leave for the station.
  • For paperwork and all the rules and limitations, check out Amtra’s pet policy.

If you have a service or comfort animal, read the Amtrak service animal policy before booking for qualifications and booking information.

Golf clubs

You must make reservations to bring golf clubs on the train; you can do so on the app, website, phone, or staffed stations. For more information, check out Amtrak’s golf policy.


This train does not offer a checked bag service.

Each passenger may carry on:

  • One personal item, 25 lbs. (12 kg) and 14 x 11 x 7 inches
  • Two carry-on pieces of luggage, 50 lbs. (23 kg) and 28 x 22 x 14 inches each

If you transfer to the Pacific Surfliner at some point along your journey, the baggage size for that train is up to 28 x 22 x 11 inches each.

Charges apply for additional and oversized luggage; check out Amtrak’s carry-on bag policy for more information.

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr Schedule

If there are two times, the first is the arrival, the second is the departure, and if there is only one, it is a quick stop. Click on the stations to see the services offered at that stop.

The information in the sections comes from the official Amtrak website. Always check your online ticket before heading on your trip to verify the times. These timers were last updated in June 2024.

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6:12aQuincy, IL (QCY)010:17p
7:01aMacomb, IL (MAC)569:24p
7:37aGalesburg, IL (GBB)968:43p
8:06aKewanee, IL (KEE)1278:08p
8:31aPrinceton, IL (PCT)1547:44p
8:53aMendota, IL (MDT)1757:22p
9:24aPlano, IL (PLO)2066:54p
9:58aNaperville, IL (NPV)2306:30p
10:14aLa Grange, IL (LAG)2446:14p
10:33aChicago, IL
Union Station (CHI)
FinalStationsMilesRead Up

The California Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, and Southwest Chief duplicate some Illinois Zephyr stops.

Printable Amtrak Illinois Zephyr Schedule

Feel free to print out or download this page from Amtrak. The schedule below does not list the last three stations.

Safe Travels,


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Kevin Monteith

Kev Monteith has been traveling on Amtrak since 2012. With over a decade of experience, he has been on over 800 trains, covering over 200k miles of rail. Kev enjoys helping others achieve their travel dreams by providing support and information. Outside of travel, Kev enjoys making music as an organist and outings with family.

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