Travel by Train
Amtrak operates three routes through the state of Ohio: the Lake Shore Limited, the Capitol Limited and the Cardinal.
The Lake Shore Limited travels daily between Chicago and New York City/Boston, along some of the country’s prettiest waterways. You may board this train in Cleveland, Elyria (Lorain), Sandusky, Toledo and Bryan. (Last verified September 2012.)
You’ll travel along the south shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Erie, near Lake Ontario, then along the Mohawk River, the Erie Canal and the wide Hudson River. In New York State, you’ll pass just north of the Finger Lakes region to Albany, capital of the Empire State. From there, the train splits in two sections, to Boston and New York City. Bound for Boston, you’ll travel through the Berkshires and stop in Pittsfield, where you can tour the house where Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick. Or, visit the Berkshire Museum. In Boston, make connections to Providence and Mystic Seaport, or to Portland, Maine in the other direction. On the New York section, you’ll scoot along the scenic Hudson valley at up to 110 mph, past castles and the West Point military academy. Onboard, make the most of the luxurious Viewliner sleeper, dining car, lounge car and spacious coach seating.
The Capitol Limited runs daily between Washington, DC and Chicago. You’ll follow the historic B&O line on your journey through the Potomac Valley, past historic Harpers Ferry and the Allegheny Mountains into Pittsburgh. Cross into Ohio heading north to Cleveland, and then across Ohio and Indiana into the center of Chicago. You may board in Ohio at Alliance, Cleveland, Elyria (Lorain), Sandusky and Toledo. (Last verified September 2012)
Spacious Superliner accommodations make your trip more enjoyable, with showers and thoughtful amenities, friendly service and delicious dining. Choose a wide, comfortable reserved coach seat, or make reservations for sleeper service accommodations. In the daylight hours, find a spot in the Sightseer Lounge, and enjoy watching the spectacular scenery roll past through floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Cardinal operates between New York and Chicago three days a week with plans for daily service, offering unforgettable views of the Southeast’s stunning natural beauty. You’ll see gently rolling horse country, the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley, and the wild white-water rivers of West Virginia as they can only be seen by train. Heading westward, the train rolls along the banks of the mighty Ohio River—from the quaint towns of Huntington, Ashland, South Portsmouth and Maysville, to the skyline of Cincinnati (Last verified September 2012). From there, your journey continues to Indianapolis, and then northward to Chicago.
Choose a wide, comfortable reserved coach seat, or make reservations for sleeper/bedroom accommodations. Checked baggage service is available at most staffed stations on this route. Look for the checked baggage icon when making your reservation to ensure this service is available at your desired departure and arrival points.