The Capitol Limited Amtrak route travels daily between Washington D.C. and Chicago through the Allegheny Mountains. Explore and view Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, with historic sights and museums along the way.

Things to Know

  • No WiFi.
  • The Capitol Limited has flexible dining service as well as a cafe.
  • Family bedrooms are an option on this route.
  • Trains stop at South Bend; great for Notre Dame students and families of students.
  • Around the Cumberland Station and east, the train travels on the historic B&O Railroad line, which was chartered in 1827 as the nation’s first common carrier railroad.


You can view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets. If you know your start and end stations, you can also use the Amtrak website to create a custom timetable.


  • One train in each direction daily
  • This is an overnight route; trains depart Chicago and Washington D.C. in the early evening
  • Overnight, trains are in Ohio. Cleveland does not have ideal train arrival times.

Major Stops

  • Washington D.C.
  • Pittsburgh
  • Cleveland
  • Toledo
  • Chicago



  • U.S. Capitol
  • Washington D.C. Museums
  • Resting place of F. Scott Fitzgerald (St. Mary’s church in Rockville)
  • Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
  • Jefferson Rock
  • Potomac River
  • Belle Boyd House
  • Martinsburg Roundhouse
  • Allegany Museum
  • Viaduct Junction
  • Downtown Pittsburgh
  • ToonSeum
  • David L. Lawrence Convention Center
  • Senator John Heinz History Center
  • August Wilson Center for African American Culture
  • FirstEnergy Stadium
  • Great Lakes Science Center
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Steamship William G. Mather Museum
  • Lake Erie
  • Cedar Point
  • Middlegrounds Metro Park
  • National New York Central Railroad Museum
  • Midwest Museum of American Art
  • Willis Tower
  • Chicago Loop

More Information

Amtrak to Chicago
Amtrak to DC
DC Union Station Guide