Amtrak Saluki And Illini Schedules
Amtrak Saluki And Illini

The Amtrak Saluki and Illini: A New Passenger’s Guide

Amtrak’s Saluki and Illini run daily between Chicago, IL, and Carbondale, IL, with nine intermediate stops, offering two daily round trips. From start to finish, the 309-mile trip takes 5.5 hours.

A quick look at the Amtrak Saluki and Illini

Let’s take a quick look at what this train has to offer.

Amtrak Saluki and Illini accommodations

Recently, due to CN’s restriction on train length and weight due to what is needed to activate their grade crossing signals, Amtrak has been using Superliner cars. Some of those cars are not in service for passengers but are there for axle count. This could change at any time.

Coach class

Here is what Amtrak Coach seating on this train offers:

  • Comfortable seats,
  • Aa fold-down tray
  • Leg and footrest
  • Individual reading lights
  • 120v grounded (three-prong) electric outlets are on the wall.
  • Restrooms are on the lower level of the train.
  • There are overhead luggage racks and a shelf on the lower level of the car.

Business class

  • Everything coach class gives you.
  • Extra legroom
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.

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 lounge for a fee.

Wi-Fi & entertainment on Amtrak

Wi-Fi is free and available on this train, but streaming may not be. Amtrak does not entertain like other transportation, but here are some ideas for entertainment on Amtrak.

Food on this train

There is a cafe on this train plus you can bring food.

Cafe car

Don’t forget to stop by one of my favorite places to go, the Cafe Car!

What you can find in the cafe:

  • Hot and cold meals
    • Including breakfast options.
  • Snacks
  • Coffee, tea, and cold beverages
    • Including adult beverages.

The cafe car may not open immediately leaving the first station and may close before the last. Conductors and the cafe car attendant will let you know when it is open and its location.

Bringing food and beverages on the train.

You may bring food and drink aboard the train.

Amtrak allows you can bring alcohol on the train, but if you do, leave it in your bags! You can’t consume the alcohol you brought on board. If you get caught drinking your own or get out of hand, the train’s next stop will be yours.

Amtrak Saluki and Illini add ons

You can add a few add-ons to your reservations to bring those extras.


Amtrak allows bikes on the train, but spots can be limited; check out the Amtrak bike policy for the most up-to-date info and booking instructions.


Amtrak allows dogs and cats up to 20 pounds (combined weight of pet and carrier) for trips up to seven hours. You must print and complete paperwork before bringing your pet to the train. To find the paperwork and to get more information, check out Amtrak’s pet policy.

If you plan on bringing a service or comfort animal, read Amtrak’s service animal policy for instructions and restrictions. Don’t arrive at the stations without being prepared and researching the topic.


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, 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 Saluki and Illini schedules

This guide uses available information from; things could change since this article was published. Check with Amtrak or your ticket to ensure times do not vary.

These times below are departure times; the train may arrive a minute or two earlier than the stated time.

Communities Served391
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7:30a4:15pCarbondale, IL (CDL)1:45p9:35p0
7:51a4:36pDu Quoin, IL (DQN)1:17p9:07p20
8:23a5:08pCentralia, IL (CEN)12:44p8:34p56
9:09a5:54pEffingham, IL (EFG)11:57a7:47p109
9:33a6:19pMattoon, IL (MAT)11:33a7:23p136
10:24a7:08pChampaign-Urbana, IL
10:38a7:24pRantoul, IL (RTL)10:20a 6:08p194
11:05a7:51pGilman, IL (GLM)9:52a5:40p227
11:31a8:14pKankakee, IL (KKI)9:27a5:15p252
12:10p8:55pHomewood, IL (HMW)8:56a4:46p285
1:00p9:45pChicago, IL
Union Station (CHI)
Final StopFinal StopStopsRead UpRead UpMiles

Printable Amtrak Saluki and Illini schedules

You can print off either secdeule below, which include Amtrak connectin services. To ensure you have the most up to date schedules, you can print route or custom ones from, learn how to print Amtrak schedules here.

Safe Travels,


The information for these guides comes from Amtrak, and Amtrak can change times anytime.

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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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