Amtrak Lincoln Service
Amtrak Lincoln Service

The Amtrak Lincoln Service: Chicago to St Louis

Embark on a journey with the Amtrak Lincoln Service, which provides three daily round-trip trains between the bustling city of Chicago, IL, and the heart of St. Louis, MO. The train covers 284 miles, and this scenic route offers a convenient and comfortable travel experience, taking between 4.75 to 5 hours from end to end. 

Along the way, you’ll pass through popular stops such as Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, and Alton, each offering unique attractions and local charm.

This article contains everything you need about the Lincoln Service, including the complete schedule, accommodation options, food choices, and more. Whether planning a full trip from Chicago to St. Louis or just a short segment, this guide will ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.

Alternatives to this train

There are two alternatives for the Lincoln Service; check out:

Amtrak Lincoln Service Seating Accommodations

This train offers two seating options.

Coach Class

Lincoln Service Coach Seats

Amtrak Lincon Service offers coach seating:

  • A fold-down tray
  • Individual reading lights,
  • 120v electric outlets in some cars have USB chargers.
  • You can store your belongings above your seats or under the seat in front of you, and if you have a heavier bag or can’t reach the above seat rack.
    • There is an in-car luggage rack.

Business Class

Business class includes extra legroom and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Plus, you have lounge access in Chicago Union for a fee and the St Louis stations for free.

Additionally, Business Class customers receive a 25% bonus on Amtrak Guest Rewards points.


It helps to know what you can do with your luggage before you go!

Checked bag service

The Lincoln Service 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, and 
  • 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 Lincoln Service add-ons

Amtrak allows you to bring these things with you for a fee.


You can take your bike with you. Here are the guidelines and Amtrak’s bike policy.

Golf clubs

If you are hitting the links, you can bring your golf clubs. Here are Amtrak’s golf club guidelines.

Pets and service animals

  • Bring your cat or dog:
    • Under 20 pounds with a carrier.
    • Print and complete the necessary paperwork before packing the treats for the fur baby.
    • Amtrak’s pet policy provides all the details and paperwork.

If you need to bring a service animal, please check out Amtrak’s service animal page, which also covers Amtrak’s distinction between service animals and comfort animals.

Ensure you bring your critter with you before you go to the station! Do not show up to a station with a pet without reading the pet, service, or support animal rules and regulations.

Food On The Amtrak Lincoln Service

Amtrak Coffee
Coffee tastes better on the rails—coffee from Amtrak’s cafe car.

The Lincoln Service train has a cafe car that offers a variety of meals, snacks, and hot, cold, and adult beverages. 

The cafe is available for all customers for most of the journey, but it could be closed at the beginning and end of the route. 

The cafe car may close at the start and end of the route, and you can find the cafe towards the end of the train, which can vary depending on the direction of the train.

You can bring food and drink onboard the train, but you cannot consume adult beverages you did not purchase onboard.

Amtrak Lincoln Service Schedule

Amtrak Lincoln Service Schedule: Northbound

The Texas Eagle runs daily as train 22 and three times a week as 422. The two trains run as a single train from Chicago to San Antonio, TX. You can learn more more about trains that split.

Missouri Runner/
Lincoln Service
St. Louis, MO
Gateway Station (STL)
Alton, IL (ALN)5:14a7:21a8:54a3:39p6:24p27
Carlinville, IL (CRV)7:46a9:18a4:05p60
Springfield, IL (SPI)6:11a8:22a9:58a4:46p7:24p99
Lincoln, IL (LCN)6:36a8:44a10:26a5:08p7:46p128
Bloomington-Normal, IL (BNL)7:06a 9:16a11:06a5:35p8:17p160
Pontiac, IL (PON)7:31a 9:42a11:36a 5:59p8:46p192
Dwight, IL (DWT)9:58a6:12p210
Joliet, IL
Gateway Center (JOL)
8:24a10:39a12:45p6:46p 9:35p247
Summit, IL (SMT)8:49a11:04a7:11p10:00p272
Chicago, IL
Union Station (CHI)
*This train starts in Kansas City, MO, and runs as the Missouri Runner/Lincoln Service

Amtrak Lincoln Service Schedule: Southbound

The Texas Eagle runs daily as train 21, and 421 runs three a week. The two trains run as one from Chicago to San Antonio, TX. You can learn more more about trains that split.

Chicago, IL
Union Station (CHI)
Summit, IL (SMT)10:13a5:42p7:32p12
Joliet, IL
Gateway Center (JOL)
Dwight, IL (DWT)11:09a6:42p74
Pontiac, IL (PON)11:23a3:33p6:55p8:38p92
Bloomington-Normal, IL (BNL)9:16a11:59a4:07p7:28p9:19p124
Lincoln, IL (LCN)12:25p4:33p7:58p9:47p156
Springfield, IL (SPI)10:13a12:56p5:11p8:28p10:19p185
Carlinville, IL (CRV)1:33p5:40p9:09p224
Alton, IL (ALN)11:14a1:59p6:11p9:38p11:22p257
St. Louis, MO
Gateway Station (STL)
*This train continues to Kansas City, MO, and runs as the Missouri Runner/Lincoln Service

This page is a guide; check with Amtrak or your eticket for exact times. 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.

Printable Amtrak Lincoln Service Schedule

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I aim to keep these updated as much as possible, which can take a little time.

Safe Travels,


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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