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About Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

The Lake Shore Limited is an Amtrak train line that starts in Chicago and branches to two lines east of Albany; one goes to New York City and the other to Boston. Among the 25 cities along the route are Toledo, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Utica.

The line transports passengers 1,000 miles along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, the Mohawk River, and the Erie Canal. A trip from New York City to Chicago takes about 20 hours, while a trip from Boston to Chicago takes a bit longer, about 22 hours. As an overnight train line, the Amtrak Lake Shore Limited offers luxury roomettes and bedroom suites beyond the typical Coach and Business Class offerings.

Each train comes with free onboard WiFi and cafe services, plus meal plans for passengers who book a sleeper cabin. Checked baggage services are offered at some of the stations along the way, so be sure to check out the train's luggage allowance before your trip.

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Contact Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

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

Online support: Amtrak Lake Shore Limited website

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited Amenities

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Amtrak Lake Shore Limited train coverage

Daily Trips274

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

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

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 259 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 290 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 342 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 397 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 333 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 391 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 377 reviews

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

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Amtrak Lake Shore Limited passenger reviews



16 January 2024- Vacation

Chicago to Cleveland

Pros: The water faucet in the train bathroom. The space between the seat and ability to set your seat back far.the big window view,. Cons: The help of staff. The delay time and updates on delay times,. Tips: Call and complain about ridiculous wait times.



15 January 2024- Visiting friends

Pittsfield to Boston

Although the train was 8 hours delayed, other passengers and I didn’t receive any calls or emails to notify us. I stayed for a long time in the station waiting for the train.



3 January 2024- Solo travel

New York to Chicago

Pros: Tomar asiento con alguien que hablaba mi mismo idioma ya que los demás no lo entendían. Incluso los ayudantes del tren. Cons: Ir contando en que estaciones se acercan y que puntos turísticos hay alrededor. Tips: Tener horarios claros de restaurante o que también lo digan en español.



15 November 2023- Visiting friends

Rensselaer to Boston

Pros: I liked it very much and felt very safe. The driver did a great job! Cons: A little more spacious seats and a little more friendliness. Tips: This is a great, inexpensive and safe way to travel.



14 October 2023- Business

Boston to Rensselaer

Pros: Loved the space between seats, plenty of room. They were so comfortable. Such a smooth journey. Tips: Traveling by train is a fantastic way to get around.

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited Routes & Network

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited’s train network features 396 train routes that connect 25 cities serving 26 stations. On average, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited performs about 274 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Lake Shore Limited offers the highest number of daily train service include Waterloo and Chicago.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Chicago104:39 am3:29 am
Boston85:20 am3:59 am
New York134:27 am3:59 am
Syracuse94:27 am3:59 am
Rochester115:20 am3:59 am
Rensselaer94:27 am3:59 am
Springfield87:15 am3:59 am
Cleveland84:27 am3:59 am
Pittsfield21:05 pm3:59 am

Most popular Amtrak Lake Shore Limited routes

The train from Waterloo to Chicago is Amtrak Lake Shore Limited’s most popular route. Trips from Rensselaer to Boston and Springfield to Boston are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Lake Shore Limited routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Waterloo to Chicago23h 21m£21
Rensselaer to Boston1611h 56m£10
Springfield to Boston22h 24m£7
Boston to Pittsfield23h 48m£7
Chicago to Rochester211h 30m£50
Chicago to Cleveland27h 8m£39
Chicago to New York120h 12m£72
South Bend to Chicago22h 5m£13
Syracuse to Boston28h 46m£17

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Lake Shore Limited 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 Lake Shore Limited 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 Lake Shore Limited Train Guide & FAQs

Yes, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Lake Shore Limited 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 Lake Shore Limited 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 Lake Shore Limited 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 Lake Shore Limited 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 Lake Shore Limited has 274 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 Lake Shore Limited 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 Lake Shore Limited 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 Lake Shore Limited 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 Lake Shore Limited 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 Lake Shore Limited 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 Lake Shore Limited 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 Lake Shore Limited 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.

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