In Brief

In less than a day, the rail line sold out hundreds of special tickets for the upcoming eclipse, which will take passengers to the best viewing spot in Illinois

Amtrak is cashing in on Monday’s solar eclipse by offering passengers a ticket to the best eclipse-watching location in the whole of Illinois. The company bet that at least 400 people would be interested in getting a prime view of the first solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1979—which is estimated to last about two and a half minutes.

It seems like Amtrak was right on target, as all 409 available eclipse train tickets sold out in less than a day. The train will depart from Chicago’s Union Station at 3 a.m. and stop in Champaign, Illinois at 5:05 a.m. to arrive in Carbondale in time for the highly anticipated astrological phenomenon. Tickets cost $153 from Chicago and $90 from Champaign.

After a whole day of activities and viewing options, along with vendors who will all be taking part in the Amtrak-sponsored Carbondale Eclipse celebration, the train will leave by 5:15 p.m. Eclipse-viewing glasses will be provided courtesy of Amtrak.

Amtrak | Carbondale Eclipse

Amtrak is cashing in on Monday’s solar eclipse by offering passengers a ticket to the best eclipse-watching location in the whole of Illinois. The company bet that at least 400 people would be interested in getting a prime view of the first solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1979—which is estimated to last about two and a half minutes.

It seems like Amtrak was right on target, as all 409 available eclipse train tickets sold out in less than a day. The train will depart from Chicago’s Union Station at 3 a.m. and stop in Champaign, Illinois at 5:05 a.m. to arrive in Carbondale in time for the highly anticipated astrological phenomenon. Tickets cost $153 from Chicago and $90 from Champaign.