Center for International Studies

Transportation to/from Macomb

Nearby Airports

Macomb does not have an airport that you can fly into directly.  We recommend that you use Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Chicago, IL or Quad Cities International Airport (MLI) in Moline, Illinois. 

  • Quad Cities International Airport (MLI), Moline, IL
    • During orientation, new international students can arrange to be picked up from the Quad Cities International Airport
    • Limited transportation to Macomb. See below “traveling from Moline to Macomb".
  • Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and Midway Airports (MDW), Chicago, IL 
    • Amtrak train to Macomb twice daily
  • Greater Peoria Regional Airport (PIA), Peoria, IL
    • There is no direct public transportation from Peoria to Macomb
  • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL), St. Louis, MO
    • There is no direct public transportation from St. Louis to Macomb


Traveling from Chicago to Macomb

Chicago (ORD) - If you fly into Chicago, you will need to get to Union Station to take the train to Macomb. 

The best way to travel between the airport and Union Station is by the CTA rail. Trains are fast and run frequently, and the entire journey (including all waiting and walking) takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.  Beware that private shuttles run much less frequently than CTA trains do (about once an hour compared to every 10 minutes), and so on average you are not going to save much time by taking a shuttle despite paying at least 10 times as much as the cost of a train ride.  Moreover, trains run at all times, and trains do not risk getting stuck in Chicago traffic. 

Unless you have a lot of heavy luggage, a train ride is a more sensible option in most cases.  The two maps you will need for this journey are the CTA rail map and the Downtown Chicago map.

  • First, you need to get to the CTA station (the O'Hare station on the Blue line). If your flight arrived at the International terminal (5), you will need to take the Airport Transit System (ATS) first.  Follow the signs "Trains to City" or "Airport Transit System" and get to the ATS station.  Take an automated train to Terminal 3, get off, take an escalator up, turn left, walk to the elevators in the parking building, take an elevator down to the "CTA" level, and follow the underpass to the CTA station.  The entire trip takes about 15 minutes.
  • Now you are at the CTA station.  The fare is $5.00.  Buy a transit card from the fare card machines (cash only).  Exact fare is required; however, one transit card can be shared by several people - just put enough money for all the riders.  Pay your fare and pass through the turnstiles to the boarding platform.  Take any train and travel to the Clinton station on the same Blue line.  The travel time from O'Hare to Clinton is 49 minutes; trains run every 7-10 minutes daily.
  • Finally, you need to get from the CTA station to Union Station.  Union Station is located two blocks (300 m) north of the Clinton station (map).  Take the escalator up and simply walk north along Clinton (there is a sign pointing in the direction of Union Station at the exit from the Clinton station).  You will see an entrance to Union Station near the intersection with Jackson (there is also an accessible ramp down into the station on its Clinton side just after the taxi drive-in entrance).  The entire walk takes about 5 minutes.

The total travel time from O'Hare to Union Station should be about 1 hour 15 minutes including all walking, waiting, and riding the train (about 1 hour 20 minutes if you are coming from the International terminal). 

The Blue line operates at all times, and so there is no last train to miss to get to Union Station.  However, there are only two trains a day that go from Chicago to Macomb. 

If you are limited on time or have a lot of luggage, you may want to take a taxi from O’Hare to Union Station which will cost approximately $50-$60.  Another option would be to take a shuttle with GO Airport Express for approximately $33-$35.  Their website is or call them at 1-888-284-3826. There are several ticket counters and loading zones for boarding the GO Airport Express shuttle at the airport.  The shuttles leave O'Hare airport every 10-15 minutes. Groupon often has shuttle discounts.  See

Chicago (Union Station) to Macomb
  • Amtrak Train Chicago to Macomb (Mon.- Sun.) 
    • Price: $22.00 (one way)
  • Morning:
    • Departs Chicago at 7:35 a.m.  Arrives in Macomb at 10:58 a.m.
  • Evening:
    • Departs Chicago at 5:55 p.m.   Arrives in Macomb at 9:22 p.m.
Macomb to Chicago (Union Station)
  • Amtrak Train Macomb to Chicago (Mon. - Sun.) 
    • Price: $22.00 (one way)
  • Morning:
    • Departs Macomb at 7:00 a.m.  Arrives in Chicago at 10:35 a.m.
  • Evening:
    • Departs Macomb at 6:18 p.m.  Arrives in Chicago at 9:53 p.m.


Traveling from Moline to Macomb

Moline (MLI) - The Center for International Studies will pick you up during the free pickup period during orientation.  If you fly home out of Moline, you will need to arrange transportation to the airport yourself.

Moline to Macomb
  • Amtrak Train Galesburg to Macomb (Mon. - Sun.) 
    • Price: $6.50
  • Burlington Trailways Bus Galesburg to Moline (Mon. - Sun.) 
    • Price: $17.50
  • Morning: 
    • There is no morning bus departing from Moline.
    • Amtrak Train departs Galesburg at 10:18 a.m. and arrives at 10:58 a.m.
  • Evening: 
    • Burlington Trailways Bus departs Moline at 4:20 p.m. and arrives in Galesburg at 5:05 p.m.
    • Amtrak Train departs Galesburg at 8:38 p.m. and arrives in Macomb at 9:22 p.m.
 Macomb to Moline
  • Amtrak Train Galesburg to Macomb (Mon. - Sun.) 
    • Price: $6.50
  • Burlington Trailways Bus Galesburg to Moline (Mon. - Sun.) 
    • Price: $17.50
  • Morning:
    • Amtrak train departs Macomb at 7:00 am.  Arrives in Galesburg at 7:38 am
    • Note:  There is no morning bus*.  (Will have to take the Burlington Trailways Bus at 5:30 pm.)
  • Evening*:
    • Amtrak train departs Macomb at 6:18 pm and arrives in Galesburg at 6:56 pm.
    • Bus departs at 5:30 pm.*  You will need to take the morning train in order to get to Moline at 6:30 pm.)

Note:  Take the morning train at 7 a.m. and the evening bus at 5:30 p.m.


Other Transportation to/from Macomb

Macomb to Quincy
  • Amtrak Train Macomb to Quincy (Mon. - Sun.) 
    • Price: $8.00 (one way)  
  • Morning: 
    • Departs Macomb at 10:58 a.m.  Arrives in Quincy at 11:58 a.m.
  • Evening:
    •   Departs Macomb at 9:22 p.m.  Arrives in Quincy at 10:18 p.m. 
Quincy to Macomb
  • Amtrak Train Quincy to Macomb (Mon. - Sun.)   
    • Price: $8.00 (one way)  
  • Morning: 
    •  Departs Quincy at 6:12 a.m.  Arrives in Macomb at 7:00 a.m.
  • Evening: 
    • Departs Quincy at 5:30 p.m.  Arrives in Macomb at 6:18 p.m. 
Macomb to Peoria
  • Amtrak Train Macomb to Galesburg (Mon. - Sun.) 
    • Price: $6.50
  • Burlington Trailways Bus Galesburg to Peoria (Mon. - Sun.) 
    • Price: $17.50
  • Morning
    • Train departs Macomb at 7:00 a.m.  Arrives in Galesburg at 7:38 a.m.
    • Bus departs Galesburg at 1:25 p.m.  Arrives in Peoria at 2:25 p.m.
  • Evening:
    • Bus departs Galesburg at 5:10 p.m.  Arrives in Peoria at 6:15 p.m.
 Peoria to Macomb
  • Burlington Trailways Bus Peoria to Galesburg (Mon. - Sun.) 
    • Price: $17.50
  • Amtrak Train Galesburg to Macomb (Mon. - Sun.) 
  • Price: $6.50
  • Morning: 
    • Bus departs Peoria at 10:55 a.m.  Arrives in Galesburg at 11:45 a.m.
    • You will have to wait in Galesburg and take the night train at 8:38 p.m.
  • Evening: 
    • Bus departs Peoria at 4:40 p.m.  Arrives in Galesburg at 5:30 p.m.
    • Train departs Galesburg at 8:38 p.m.  Arrives in Macomb at 9:22 p.m.


Traveling in Macomb

Bus: Go West Bus (free)

Taxi (S & G Taxi in Macomb)
  • S&G Taxi
  • Hours of Service:  Sunday - Thursday:  5:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
  • Friday - Saturday:  5:30 a.m. - 2:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $8 per one-way trip in Macomb, $10 for two people, $15 for three people (going to the same location).  Children under 12 years old ‐ free. Outside Macomb: $1.65 per mile.  Phone:  309-318-9815 or 309-837-9087. 
Train (Amtrak) 
  • There are two trains that go from Chicago to Macomb daily.  You can purchase your tickets in advance online ( or at the train station (it is recommended to buy them in advance to ensure you have a seat).  Another option if you are purchasing numerous tickets is to call 1-800-872-7245.
  • Prices can be as low as $22 (if purchased in advance) but can vary depending on the day of the week, availability, etc.  Students ages 13-25 with a valid student ID are eligible for 15% off the lowest value or flexible fare when they book their travel at least 3 days in advance.  For times, see  “Transportation to/from Macomb.”
Travel Agent
  • Margaret Roberts Travel
  • 120 East Calhoun Street, Macomb, IL 61455
  • 309-837-4711 or email:
  • Margaret Roberts Travel is a full-service travel agency located in Macomb, IL, next to the Amtrak Station.  They “can assist you with all your travel plans, whether you are looking for the ultimate all-inclusive, the perfect cruise, last-minute travel deals, train tickets or packages, or business travel.”