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Baltimore - Indianapolis Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 2 daily train trips between Baltimore and Indianapolis. The average train journey from Baltimore to Indianapolis takes 20 hours and 34 minutes, but some Amtrak Cardinal train trips are as short as 19 hours and 43 minutes.

Distance510 mi (820 km)
Fastest train19h 43m
Lowest price$205.23
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

What is the price of a train ticket from Baltimore to Indianapolis?

Over the past month, a train ticket between Baltimore and Indianapolis cost $221.20, on average. Since this route covers a considerable distance, tickets are typically a bit pricier than most train fares. Booking your trip at least 9 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $62.02 more.

Monthly avg. prices

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Mark your calendar for February if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Baltimore to Indianapolis. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $152. If you're planning a trip from Baltimore to Indianapolis during July, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $228 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Which train should you take from Baltimore to Indianapolis?

2 train services operate from Baltimore to Indianapolis. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak221h 10m$264.18
Amtrak Cardinal119h 47m$368.97
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from Baltimore to Indianapolis every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $216.

  • The Amtrak Cardinal is a long distance passenger rail service from New York to Chicago, connecting a total of 31 cities. As one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the Cardinal is a popular train line connecting the Northeast to the Southeast, and offers top-notch comfort thanks to its seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available for purchase in the Cardinal Café. There are usually 1 Cardinal trips from Baltimore to Indianapolis per day, with an average trip length of 19 hours and 47 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Baltimore and Indianapolis is approximately 510 miles, or 820 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 20 hours and 34 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 19 hours and 43 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

Saturday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Baltimore to Indianapolis. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Saturday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Thursday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Baltimore at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Trains leave the station in Baltimore twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Indianapolis faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Indianapolis to Baltimore.

City Information

Baltimore

Baltimore is a seaport in Maryland best known for its crab cakes and baseball legend, Babe Ruth. As there is plenty to see in Charm City, you'll be singing "Good Morning, Baltimore'' as soon as you experience all of the sights and activities this quirky town has to offer.

Some of Baltimore's most impressive attractions are centered in and around Inner Harbor. This scenic waterfront is filled with historic ships, dating as far back as the Civil War in the case of the USS Constellation. Alongside shops and restaurants, Inner Harbor also hosts the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and several entertainment venues where you can catch live music. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the harbor from atop Federal Hill Park, or if you prefer the view that inspired "The Star Spangled Banner," head out to Fort McHenry, known for its role in the War of 1812.

Baltimore is one of the stops on Wanderu's recommended East Coast wine tour, but don't worry about racking up a hefty tab; luckily, Baltimore is also one of the cheapest drinking cities in the U.S., with the cheapest bottle of beer going for just $1.42. Enjoy your wine or beer along the Avenue in Hampden, a neighborhood known for its hipster bars, restaurants, and boutiques.

Ready to plan your Baltimore adventure? Numerous bus and train options make Baltimore affordably accessible by ground transportation, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport not only offers hundreds of daily flights, it also is one of the best airports for food in the U.S.

Indianapolis

Indianapolis, or often referred to as just Indy, is the capital and largest city in the state of Indiana. While the city attracts thousands of visitors from the area every month, it is during Memorial Day weekend that Indianapolis becomes the place to be for over 300,000 race car fans from all over the globe. The reason for that is the Indianapolis 500, an annual automobile race and the world’s largest single day sporting event, taking place at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

If you’re not in Indianapolis for Memorial Day weekend, you can learn about the race and see a rare collection of 500 Indy race vehicles and memorabilia at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. And while you’re on a history streak, stop by at one of the many war memorials found throughout the city, like the Soldiers and Sailors monument, the World War II memorial, and the Indiana War Memorial where you must check out the Shrine Room for a stunning one-of-a-kind experience.

Over the past few years, Indianapolis has also been cultivating a vibrant restaurant scene, offering classic American dishes made with ingredients from local farmers, and a growing selection of international cuisine. If you’re a beer fan, you will be happy to know that Indianapolis has some of the highest quality breweries in the U.S.

Located in the heart of America’s Midwest, Indianapolis offers easy connections by bus and train to other Midwestern hubs like Chicago, Louisville, and Cincinnati, while the conveniently located airport connects Indy with the rest of the world.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Baltimore?

Main departure station: Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

There are two stations in Baltimore where you can board the train to Indianapolis.

All train stations in Baltimore:

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

Where is the train station in Indianapolis?

Indianapolis, IN - Indianapolis Union Station (350 S Illinois St) - INDAMT-0

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Main arrival station: 350 S Illinois St

Union Station at 350 S Illinois St in Indianapolis is a major train and bus station which serves the Amtrak Cardinal, and bus carriers including Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, Miller Transportation, and Burlington Trailways. The modern station is located directly south of the historic 1888 Union Station, which now houses a hotel, several restaurants, and a wedding venue. Union Station is in the Wholesale District of downtown Indianapolis, within walking distance to eateries and hotels. There is even an underground, climate-controlled walkway from the station to the nearby Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the Indianapolis Colts.

Train stations in Indianapolis:

  • 350 S Illinois St

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