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About Amtrak Blue Water℠

Amtrak and Blue Water are both registered trademarks owned by Amtrak. The Blue Water is an Amtrak train line that runs 319 miles between Chicago, IL and Port Huron, MI. Along the way, it stops in cities including Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and Flint. Overall, the Blue Water serves 80 routes, connecting 11 cities.

The Blue Water is designated as a higher-speed service, which means the trains go faster than conventional routes, but not quite fast enough to be called “high-speed rail.” Passengers can book either Coach Class or Business Class tickets. Upgrading to Business Class includes exclusive amenities like a dedicated car with attendant, free coffee and tea, and a more flexible ticket cancellation policy. All passengers can enjoy the free WiFi available on the train and the power outlets at every seat.

Amtrak Blue Water has been an official Wanderu partner since 2015. You will always find the cheapest Blue Water train tickets on or the Wanderu app. If you are an Amtrak Guest Rewards member, make sure to enter your member number at checkout to earn valuable points on your purchase.

Contact Amtrak Blue Water

Phone number: US: 1 (800) 872-7245

Online support: Amtrak Blue Water website

Amtrak Blue Water Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
Extra legroomExtra legroom
Loyalty rewardsLoyalty rewards
Power outletPower outlet


Amtrak Blue Water train coverage

Daily Trips22

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Blue Water

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Amtrak Blue Water had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 128 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 163 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 165 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 208 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 176 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 195 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 201 reviews

Amtrak Blue Water reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Blue Water

(Based on 231 reviews)

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Amtrak Blue Water passenger reviews



February 22, 2024- Visiting friends

Kalamazoo to East Lansing

Pros: Quick. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.



January 25, 2024- Business

Chicago to Durand

Pros: Trains are enjoyable and not expensive. Cons: The train was full upon boarding and our group could not sit together even though one passenger car was left empty. Would of been much more comfortable opening the other car up.



January 5, 2024- Solo travel

Chicago to Port Huron

Pros: I liked how it takes the stress out of having to navigate when you drive. Cons: Include a spot for travelers to post pictures on the review. Tips: Bring stuff to do and you can charge your devices right at your seat.



January 2, 2024- Solo travel

Port Huron to Chicago

Pros: I loved my train ride. It was an easy way to travel and nice and smooth. Cons: Nothing. Tips: FYI, you don't have time to get off at stops. There are really nice bathrooms on the train and they don't mind if you stand up and move around.


Mohammed isak

December 24, 2023- Visiting friends

East Lansing to Chicago

Pros: Good team. Cons: All the best. Tips: Better.

Amtrak Blue Water Routes & Network

Amtrak Blue Water’s train network features 80 train routes that connect 11 cities serving 11 stations. On average, Amtrak Blue Water performs about 22 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Blue Water offers the highest number of daily train service include New Buffalo and Chicago.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Blue Water

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Chicago1410:20 am3:24 pm
East Lansing1010:20 am11:38 pm
Kalamazoo1110:20 am10:43 pm
Flint1310:20 am1:00 am
Port Huron139:00 pm2:34 am
Durand29:00 pm1:00 am
Battle Creek1310:20 am11:11 pm
Lapeer110:20 am2:08 am
New Buffalo1611:35 am9:00 pm

Most popular Amtrak Blue Water routes

The train from New Buffalo to Chicago is Amtrak Blue Water’s most popular route. Trips from East Lansing to Chicago and Chicago to Kalamazoo are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Blue Water routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
New Buffalo to Chicago11h 21m$14
East Lansing to Chicago13h 51m$34
Chicago to Kalamazoo12h 8m$31
Flint to Chicago15h 10m$37
Port Huron to Chicago16h 25m$37
Kalamazoo to East Lansing11h 44m$11
Chicago to Battle Creek12h 33m$34
Lapeer to Chicago15h 37m$41
Durand to Chicago14h 37m$34

Amtrak Blue Water Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Blue Water tickets can be cancelled for a full refund within the first 24 hours after purchase. If more than 24 hours have passed, the cancellation policy and change fee structure for Amtrak bookings depend on the type of fare you purchased:

Saver Fare tickets: A 25% fee applies for any changes. If you cancel the trip, you will receive an eVoucher worth 75% of the original ticket price.

Value Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable up to 15 or more days before departure. If cancelled less than 14 days before departure, a 25% cancellation fee applies.

Flexible, Business and Premium Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable if cancelled or changed before departure.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable after the train has departed, so be sure to make your updates as soon as possible if your travel plans change.

If your Amtrak Blue Water ticket is eligible for change or cancellation, you can do that by calling Amtrak’s customer service phone number at 1 (800) 872-7245. To cancel or change your booking online, simply go to and click on the “Modify Trip” tab in the upper right corner.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase when booking your tickets. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and coverage for lost or damaged baggage, trip protection can help you get your money back in case you need to cancel or change your trip. You can file a claim to have any Amtrak change or cancellation fees reimbursed if you cannot travel due to covered reasons such as illness, extreme weather, or required work shifts.

Amtrak Blue Water Train Guide & FAQs

Yes, Amtrak Blue Water offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Blue Water will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Amtrak Blue Water WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak Blue Water trains. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Amtrak Blue Water might sometimes use replacement train vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

On a typical day, Amtrak Blue Water has 22 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

No, Amtrak Blue Water does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Yes, Amtrak Blue Water requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Blue Water trains. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Amtrak Blue Water provides snacks to satisfy your hunger during your travels. Be sure to pack a credit card and some cash in case you get hungry.

Amtrak Blue Water does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.

Amtrak Blue Water goes the extra distance to deliver premium features to its customers.

Do you find yourself squished in a regular seat or just love having extra room to sprawl out? Well you’re in luck as Amtrak Blue Water offers extra legroom seating. Since there is no standard of what extra legroom is, the extra space you get may vary between train lines, but getting extra is always good.

Cheap Amtrak Blue Water tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 22 Amtrak Blue Water trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Blue Water tickets start at just $5.48. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Amtrak Blue Water tickets?

Wanderu is the best place to score cheap Amtrak Blue Water tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare Amtrak Blue Water prices with trips offered by other train companies to be sure you’re getting the best deal on your tickets!

Pro travelers know that booking your ticket well in advance is key to finding the lowest price. Ticket prices normally go up the closer you get to the travel date, so don’t miss out on a good deal when you see one. If you can be flexible with your travel date, you can also get cheap tickets by traveling on weekdays instead of weekends.

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