Welcome to The Train Inn Bed and Breakfast in Carbondale Illinois

Thanks for pulling into the Train Inn! Here at The Train Inn bed and breakfast in Carbondale, Illinois, we appreciate all our visitors, even virtual visitors. The internet is often your first encounter with businesses and service providers, and we strive to make sure that you feel welcome and comfortable right from the start. We know that when you are seeking an inn, B and B, bed and breakfast, or guest house you are searching for more than just a hotel room. You are in search of a warm, welcoming, home away from home.

Here at the Train Inn, we ensure that our guests have exactly that experience, by offering welcoming friendly service; personal attention to needs; home cooked hearty breakfasts; and clean, comfortable, cozy accommodation. For those of you coming by train, we are conveniently located for access to the Amtrak railway station. Amtrak’s southernmost Illinois stop is your gateway to the Shawnee Forest and the land between the Mississippi, Ohio and Wabash rivers.

Southern Illinois B&B: First-Rate Accommodation and a Cozy Retreat

A finely appointed Arts and Crafts Bungalow, this Circa 1905 home reveals some of the traditional values of the Craftsmanship era, including tongue and groove yellow pine and a Mission Oak staircase. You’re sure to enjoy our hearty, home-style breakfast at this cozy southern Illinois B&B. We feature Kentucky Lake Barkley Lodge red eye gravy for the bold adventurer, and many other regional favorites that are difficult to find. Our B&B offers assistance in the discovery of local Southern Illinois treasures for hikers, bikers, antique collectors and train enthusiasts. Perhaps you may not have time to explore the bluebirds of Panthers Den while you are watching graduation ceremonies at SIU, but you are cordially invited to The Train Inn for a comfortable night’s stay, even if your wagon is an automobile.

Our B&B amenities include King or Queen size beds, bird watching, outdoor hot tub, in-room Cable TV, wireless internet connection, full breakfast with cappuccino, and additional regional activities including the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Antiques include original artwork, art deco style and train memorabilia. All bathroom facilities are private. Fishermen and hunters are welcome. The Train Inn Bed and Breakfast permits smoking on the back deck, patio, or covered front porch.

The Proprietor

The owner and operator of The Train Inn is Mr. Paul Lewers. Paul is a native of Illinois and has made Southern Illinois his home for the past 42 years. He is a very personable host with a friendly spirit who enjoys providing his guests with a warm and inviting environment for their stay in Southern Illinois. Feel free to contact Paul with any questions you may have regarding booking, the local area, or services you will need during your stay at this unique and tasteful B&B.

Bed and Breakfast Location – Carbondale, Illinois Near SIU

The Train Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in Carbondale, Illinois, in beautiful Southern Illinois. Situated within Carbondale city limits, it is the ideal location for visiting Southern Illinois University / SIU parents and faculty. This Carbondale accommodation is just a three minute drive to University Mall or downtown shopping areas, many fine restaurants, SIUC functions and sports, theaters, museums, Japanese gardens, farmers market, Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome, stately old campus, the historical district, pubs, tennis courts, concerts and other attractions. There are dining delivery services with a wide variety of lunch and dinner menus. A few of these restaurants were even in business when your host arrived in Carbondale in 1973.

The Train Inn Bed and Breakfast is within a stone’s throw of SIU Recreation Center and is perfectly situated for swim meets at the Olympic-sized pool, basketball tournaments and even a high school accounting tournament.

For outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, our guest house accommodation is ideally located, being only a short drive to many outdoor activity locations. Southern Illinois is a beautiful rural setting, an outdoorsman’s paradise, offering many outdoor activities, such as hunting, fishing, boating, rock climbing, horseback riding, wine trails, nature walks, and more.

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For International Travellers and Those Flying Domestically

If you are coming to Southern Illinois by air, Lambert St. Louis International Airport is an important midwest flight hub and serves several major domestic airlines.

There are several options for getting from Lambert Airport to Carbondale. There are commercial flights from Lambert Airport to Williamson County Regional Airport in Marion, which is 14 miles from The Train Inn. BART is a regional shuttle service with regular transports to and from the airport. BART will pick you up at the airport and bring you straight to our door. BART offers a comfortable ride and their fees are quite reasonable. If you prefer to drive, Lambert has several major car rental services available. The Train Inn is about a 2 hour drive from Lambert.