Travel by train

Amtrak service is available at the following cities in Ohio:

Elyria (Lorain)

Amtrak operates three routes through the state of Ohio: the Lake Shore Limited, the Capitol Limited and the Cardinal.

The Lake Shore Limited
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 Lake Shore Limited’s schedule is available at

The Capitol Limited
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 Capitol Limited’s schedule is available at

The Cardinal
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.

The Cadinal’s schedule is available at

12 Comments to "Travel by train"

  1. Linda Koller's Gravatar Linda Koller
    November 4, 2011 - 11:28 AM | Permalink

    I’ve been traveling Amtrak for a couple years now between Cleveland to Chicago to Phoenix. I love traveling by train. However, I have to say being a handicapped person, that the Red Cap service keeps going downhill each time I travel. I’ve been left sittng on the train more than 30 min. waiting to be detrained and people are starting to board for the next leg of the train’s journey! I’ve waited as long as 2 hours or even longer to get a conductor to answer my call button when I’ve needed some assistance so I can take my meds or other issues once the train is in motion. Last time in Chicago while waiting to be boarded for the return to Cleveland, they couldn’t even get RedCap to help board the handicap so they started loading everyone else. By the time Red Cap came to help the handicap, there was no room for me to get thru all the luggage stacked up in the front rows with my walker or a place for me to sit. The conductor was too busy getting other people on the train and there was no one to help me. I had carry on bags, my walker, and I was unable to proceed anywhere. I was tired and in severe pain at that point and was getting very angry. Because the service is getting so poor, it is making travel very difficult for me. And I must for health reasons travel to Arizona each winter because I cannot live in the north during the winter months. Because of health reasons, I cannot fly anymore. The train is pretty much the only mode of transportation I can take. A bus does not allow me to get up and move around as I can in a train. I could go on and on with other examples of poor service that I’ve received over the past 2 years alone, but I’m just aggravating myself thinking about it. The aggravation I’ve gone thru during the travel has caused enough problems and money as it is.

  2. Jerry Alter's Gravatar Jerry Alter
    January 19, 2014 - 5:08 AM | Permalink

    I’ve been riding Amtrak trains each year for nearly 40 years now and enjoy it! My first ride on Amtrak was to Southern California in June 1975 to participate in a panel discussion concerning the autistic adult in the community in San Diego at an annual conference by the Autism Society of America (then the National Society of Autistic Children). The first Amtrak train I’ve ever ridden was the National Limited (discontinued in 1979), I rode from Pittsburgh to Kansas City, MO and from there I rode the Southwest Limited to Los Angeles and the San Diegans from there to San Deigo. From San Diego I rode the San Deigans to Los Angeles and from there to San Fransisco on the West Coast train. I then rode from San Fransisco to Chicago on the San Fransisco Zephyr and from there to Canton on the Broadway Limited (discontinued in 1995). For a long time I’ve ridden Amtrak trains from Cleveland to Baltimore and Boston to visit my relatives and to Florida to hang out at Walt Disney World. On a train I can get up and walk over to the dining and/or lounge car which I can’t do on a bus.
    I was disgusted when Governor Kasich cancelled the 3-C Corridor project! I’ve been looking foreward to these trains from Cleveland to Columbus for nearly 30 years now. I just now told Amtrak to run trains to Columbus and Cincinnati. I suggest the 3-C Corridor trains be extended to Nashville via Louisville, especially if the People of the States of Kentucky and Tennessee want passenger trains to run from Nashville to Cincinnati via Louisville.
    I find the Amtrak personel to be very friendly and helpful. I’m on the autism spectrum disorder.

    • Donna's Gravatar Donna
      October 18, 2016 - 10:09 AM | Permalink

      Can someone send me information for trips from Alliance Ohio to Chicago, or where or who do I call for it.

  3. Sharlene Buchanan's Gravatar Sharlene Buchanan
    April 15, 2015 - 12:50 PM | Permalink

    ANY PLANS TO HAVE A TRAIN ROUTE to Nashville from Toledo, Ohio or another close city?

  4. Gerry Kocsis's Gravatar Gerry Kocsis
    October 19, 2015 - 9:31 PM | Permalink

    I would like to see a train schedule from Ohio to Arizona for a vacation.

  5. F. Orend's Gravatar F. Orend
    November 5, 2015 - 11:35 PM | Permalink

    Why is there no train station in Columbus,Ohio? You would think that with a booming economy and a constantly growing economy that is centrally located that would be a better transportation system in place. Could there be a “Three C’s Line: Cleveland,Columbus, Cincinnati that could link into Amtrak’s Northern Ohio lines?

    • Roger Freed's Gravatar Roger Freed
      January 3, 2018 - 11:23 AM | Permalink

      I agree. I have been coming to Columbus for 20 years and there should be some form of train available.

  6. Schmolik's Gravatar Schmolik
    February 1, 2016 - 8:45 PM | Permalink

    It would be nice to have at least one train serve Ohio outside the graveyard shift (midnight to 6am).

    The Cardinal train could be shifted 6 hours each way (eastbound forward 6 hrs and westbound back 6 hrs). This would give arrival times into Ohio at 7:36am from the east and 9:17pm from Chicago instead of the current 1:36am and 3:17am times now. It also moves back the westbound departure out of New York so it’s now 6:45am. It’s hard to say this train serves Ohio when you have to board the train in the middle of the night.

    If you added the Three Rivers train as suggested, that would give a train serving Cleveland/Toledo in better hours too.

  7. Shirley Bowald's Gravatar Shirley Bowald
    October 31, 2017 - 6:16 PM | Permalink

    My elderly parents live in Cincinnati, and my family and I are in the North Eastern part of Ohio. I would love for them to be able to ride a train to visit, as the 5 hour trip is getting very hard for them. I could pick them up in Alliance Cleveland or Youngstown, but after searching for several minutes on this site, I still do not know what routes are available and if this is possible

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