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About Amtrak Hiawatha

Amtrak Hiawatha is an intercity train line that has been a part of the nationwide rail network since 1971. The route is named for the historic Hiawatha fleet of trains that were among the world's fastest locomotives in the 1930s and 1940s. Today, Amtrak Hiawatha is Amtrak’s busiest line in the Midwest and the ninth-busiest rail route nationwide.

Amtrak Hiawatha operates an 86-mile route from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Chicago, Illinois. The commute takes just 90 minutes since there are only three stops between Milwaukee and Chicago. These intermediate stops are Milwaukee International Airport, Sturtevant, and Glenview. The route operates seven days per week, with additional departure times on weekdays to serve commuters.

Since the Hiawatha stops at Milwaukee International Airport, travelers can choose between flying directly into Chicago or possibly finding cheaper flights into Milwaukee. From the Milwaukee airport, downtown Chicago is just a quick train ride away on the Hiawatha.

Amtrak Hiawatha trains are equipped with onboard WiFi and a checked baggage service for larger luggage. Passengers can also check bicycles and bring small pets onboard. However, because the Hiawatha covers only a short route, there is no onboard cafe car, and seating options are limited to coach class only.

Amtrak Hiawatha is an official partner of Wanderu and has been one since 2015. Wanderu makes it simple to browse and purchase train tickets for all of Amtrak's services across America. Don't forget to enter your Amtrak Guest Rewards number at checkout to earn valuable points on your purchase.

Contact Amtrak Hiawatha

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

Online support: Amtrak Hiawatha website

* #2 Best Ground Travel in the Midwest   
 * #3 Best Train Line in the United States
  • #2 Best Ground Travel in the Midwest
    • #3 Best Train Line in the United States

Amtrak Hiawatha Amenities

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Amtrak Hiawatha train coverage

Daily Trips118

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Hiawatha

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

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 56 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 59 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 77 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 85 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 89 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 86 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 88 reviews

Amtrak Hiawatha reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Hiawatha

(Based on 93 reviews)

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Amtrak Hiawatha passenger reviews



21 January 2023- Couples trip

Chicago to Milwaukee

Pros: It was carefree, the staff were completely professional and very engaging. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ride.

Pros: It was carefree, the staff were completely professional and very engaging. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ride.


Beatrice B

20 December 2022- Business

Glenview to Milwaukee

That it was 50 minutes

That it was 50 minutes



3 December 2022- Vacation

Milwaukee to Chicago

Pros: I was seated next to a handsome man, doctor in training, named Tom, and spent the whole trip talking, probably bothering him. Cons: I wish I had 10 more minutes to get the chance to ask for his number!

Pros: I was seated next to a handsome man, doctor in training, named Tom, and spent the whole trip talking, probably bothering him. Cons: I wish I had 10 more minutes to get the chance to ask for his number!



14 November 2022- Solo travel

Chicago to Milwaukee

The conductor was very friendly and helpful!

The conductor was very friendly and helpful!



9 November 2022- Vacation

Chicago to Milwaukee

The signage at the Grand Central Chicago Terminal needs to be more clear. Such as this train is leaving from this track to the destination. There was signage on how to get to the trains. But it was a little confusing about what specific train at a specific gate.

The signage at the Grand Central Chicago Terminal needs to be more clear. Such as this train is leaving from this track to the destination. There was signage on how to get to the trains. But it was a little confusing about what specific train at a specific gate.

Amtrak Hiawatha Routes & Network

Amtrak Hiawatha’s train network features 18 train routes that connect 4 cities serving 5 stations. On average, Amtrak Hiawatha performs about 118 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Hiawatha offers the highest number of daily train service include Glenview and Milwaukee.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Hiawatha

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Milwaukee166:25 am5:47 am
Chicago2012:15 pm2:36 am
Glenview1712:10 pm5:25 am
Sturtevant1212:10 pm5:47 am

Most popular Amtrak Hiawatha routes

The train from Glenview to Milwaukee is Amtrak Hiawatha’s most popular route. Trips from Glenview to Sturtevant and Sturtevant to Milwaukee are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Hiawatha routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Glenview to Milwaukee140h 59m£19
Glenview to Sturtevant70h 37m£17
Sturtevant to Milwaukee140h 21m£8
Glenview to Chicago70h 28m£8
Sturtevant to Chicago71h 7m£19
Chicago to Milwaukee141h 22m£20

Amtrak Hiawatha Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Hiawatha 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 Hiawatha 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 Hiawatha Train Guide & FAQs

Do Amtrak Hiawatha trains have WiFi?

Yes, Amtrak Hiawatha offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Hiawatha 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 Hiawatha 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.

Are there power points or USB points on the train?

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak Hiawatha 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 Hiawatha 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.

What is Amtrak Hiawatha's schedule?

On a typical day, Amtrak Hiawatha has 118 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.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

No, Amtrak Hiawatha 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.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

Yes, Amtrak Hiawatha 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.

What are Amtrak Hiawatha’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about Amtrak Hiawatha’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there toilets on Amtrak Hiawatha trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Hiawatha 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.

Are meals or drinks offered during the trip?

Amtrak Hiawatha does not offer meals or beverages onboard. We recommend you bring a drink and some snacks for your trip. We also suggest packing a reusable water bottle with you to reduce your impact on the environment. However, note that most trains do not allow you to bring your own alcoholic drinks.

Do you have to print your Amtrak Hiawatha ticket?

Amtrak Hiawatha 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.

Does Amtrak Hiawatha offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Amtrak Hiawatha 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 Hiawatha 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 Hiawatha tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 118 Amtrak Hiawatha trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Hiawatha tickets start at just £8.07. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Amtrak Hiawatha tickets?

Wanderu is the best place to score cheap Amtrak Hiawatha tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare Amtrak Hiawatha 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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