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February 14, 2020

New Decatur-Springfield/Champaign Amtrak Thruway Buses

Convenient connections to Chicago/St. Louis/Kansas City and points west and south put the Illinois city back on the Amtrak map

CHICAGO – An Amtrak Thruway Bus Service now provides daily Illinois roundtrips between Decatur and Springfield or Champaign, making connections at Springfield for Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and points west and at Champaign for Carbondale, Memphis and New Orleans.

“More than a million Amtrak customers every year begin or end their travels on an Amtrak Thruway bus or van,” said Paul Vilter, the Amtrak Assistant Vice President for these services. “With our state partners, these services are an important part of our network that together give us more than 1,000 destinations nationwide served either by Amtrak train or by Amtrak Thruway services.”

A video shows how easy it is to Get Carried AwaySM on the combination of Amtrak services.

Adult Coach Fares Each Way Between These Cities Price Adult Coach Fares Each Way Between These Cities Price
Decatur – Chicago $44* Decatur – Milwaukee $69*
Decatur – St. Louis $39* Decatur — Detroit $76*
Decatur – Kansas City $78 Decatur – Carbondale $43*
Decatur – Dallas $119* Decatur – Memphis $97*
Decatur – Houston $127* Decatur – New Orleans $123*
Decatur – Oklahoma City $165 Fares as low as these, *Denotes 14-day advance purchase fare.

Exchanges are permitted within the ticket validity period; a 25 percent cancellation fee applies. For more information, including other important terms and conditions, visit

This Amtrak Thruway Bus service is operated by Illinois Charter with connections at Springfield to Amtrak Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains and at Champaign to Amtrak Illini/Saluki and City of New Orleans trains. Lincoln Service, Illini and Saluki trains are operated by Amtrak under a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Illini trains previously directly served Decatur from July 1981 to July 1983.

For More Information

Marc Magliari
Amtrak Contact
312 544.5390

Amtrak Contact
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202 906.3860

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