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

  • There is a dining car, sleeping accommodations and cafe but no WiFi
  • Chicago is on Central Time and the rest of the stops are in Eastern
  • Trains stop at South Bend; great for Notre Dame students and families of students
  • National park rangers provide on board narratives between May and September on selected days over parts of this route.
  • 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.

Schedule

View the Capitol Limited timetable to plan your trip. You can also view schedules and trip recommendations via Google Maps or when booking your tickets.

Highlights:

  • 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 (sorry if you need to get on or off there). Cleveland in general has less-than-ideal train arrival times in both directions

Major Stops

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

Stations

Attractions

  • 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