Amtrak’s Lakeshore Limited route travels between Chicago and either New York City or Boston depending on the train. Enjoy views of the Great Lakes, Erie Canal, rivers and mountains or hop off the train to explore cities and museums near stations.

Things to Know

  • New York City and Boston trains split and merge at the Albany-Rensselaer station
  • Boston to Albany trains are coach seats only (sleeper cars attach in Albany)
  • Business class is available on the Boston – Albany – Chicago trains
  • WiFi is available (but slow), along with a dining car, lounge and sleeping accommodations

Schedule

View the Amtrak timetable for the Lake Shore Limited train to plan your trip. You can also view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets.

Schedule highlights:

  • Trains depart Boston and New York in the early afternoon
  • Trains depart Chicago around 9:30 p.m.
  • Morning arrivals in Chicago and evening arrivals in Boston and New York City
  • Overnight, trains are in Ohio

Reviews

Top tips and takeaways from rider reviews:

  • Comfy seats, especially in business class
  • Crowded over the holidays
  • Helpful staff
  • Delays common, but relaxing way to travel if not in a hurry
  • Beautiful scenery along Erie Canal and at other locations
  • Hit or miss on sleeping well (bumpy) so bring any extra sleeping gear/essentials that might make your overnight stay more comfortable
  • Bathrooms can get funky on long trips; bring cleaning wipes

Major Stops

  • Chicago
  • Toledo, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Buffalo, NY
  • New York City
  • Boston (two stops)

Stations

Attractions

  • Chicago Loop
  • Willis Tower
  • Midwest Museum of American Art
  • National New York Central Railroad Museum
  • Middlegrounds Metro Park
  • Lake Erie
  • Great Lakes Science Center
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Steamship William G. Mather Museum
  • FirstEnergy Stadium
  • Canalside Park
  • KeyBank Center
  • Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
  • New York wineries
  • High Falls (Rochester)
  • Rochester Auto Museum
  • Hudson River Valley
  • Adirondack Mountains
  • The Rhinecliff
  • Empire State Building
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Manhattan
  • Berkshire Museum
  • Springfield Museums
  • Pan African Historical Museum
  • Connecticut Riverwalk and Bikeway
  • Downtown Boston
  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Boston Chinatown

More Information

New York Penn Station Guide
Boston South Station Guide
7 essential things to pack for an Amtrak trip

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