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, Hudson River Valley and mountains or hop off the train to explore cities and museums near stations. Note that the Lake Shore Limited is Boston’s only long-distance Amtrak route.

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
  • There is a station near Notre Dame University (South Bend)
  • There is beautiful scenery along the Erie Canal.


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.

Schedule highlights:

  • Overnight, trains are in Ohio.
  • Trains depart Chicago around 9:30 p.m. and arrive in the morning.
  • Trains depart Boston and New York City in the afternoon and arrive at these cities in the evening.

Major Stops

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



  • 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

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