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About South Bend

South Bend is quite a small city in Indiana, but this town offers plenty of beautiful landmarks and outdoor activities that will keep you captivated. When visiting South Bend, don't miss the Century Center, which not only hosts some of the best exhibitions in town but also boasts a great view towards the nearby St Joseph River, making it a particularly photogenic spot. The North/South Continental Divide is one particular point of interest, just a bit further down the US 20 bypass. Immerse yourself in nature at Shiojiri Niwa, a Japanese garden with more than twenty different large plants.

Though a small town, South Bend still has plenty of great dining options on its plate. For the best locally sourced burgers and a killer view of the river, check out Oaken Bucket Restaurant. If you can splurge a little bit, LaSalle Grill offers some of the finest dishes in town!

South Bend is a convenient location to reach from anywhere in the Midwest, with several bus stations in the city and Amtrak service stopping at a station close to downtown. In addition, South Bend International Airport is very close to the city and offers flights to domestic and international destinations.

Station Information

2702 W Washington St  - SOBAMT-0

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2703 W Washington St  - SOBAMT-1

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The South Bend Amtrak Station opened more than 50 years ago. In 1970, the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad constructed the station, and South Shore Line was the main rail provider until 1992. Located in the cultural hub of "Michiana," the station is near the Notre Dame University campus. Today, the South Bend Station is served by Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited and Capitol Limited lines, connecting South Bend with New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. The practical one-story concrete block station is painted a vivid, deep blue. Passengers can wait for trains on the spacious porch beside the tracks. A small shelter is also accessible on the adjacent platform.

Popular train stations in South Bend:

  • 2702 W Washington St

What train companies travel to South Bend, Indiana?

Located in Indiana, South Bend is accessible by train from 12 other cities. You can choose from 30 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to South Bend on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Coach tickets to South Bend are also available..

Train companies serving South Bend

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak21915h 25m£100.41
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited183h 59m£38.72
Amtrak Capitol Limited104h 12m£53.75
  • 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.

  • The Amtrak Lake Shore Limited is an overnight train that runs along some of the best shorelines in the U.S., connecting New York City and Boston with Chicago. The service provides top-tier amenities to its passengers, including free WiFi and dining onboard.

  • Passing through seven states, 16 cities, and various National Parks, Amtrak Capitol Limited connects Washington D.C. and Chicago, on 750 miles of railroad. Taking over 17 hours for a complete trip, these trains offer various overnight accommodations and feature panoramic observation cars where passengers can enjoy exceptional scenery. The trains include various options for food; however, WiFi connectivity is not available onboard due to the rural nature of the route.

Which train carrier has the best service to South Bend?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to South Bend by train with Amtrak giving them a 4.8 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Capitol Limited had the most comfortable train service to South Bend taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Capitol Limited offers. They rate Amtrak Capitol Limited a 4.6 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to South Bend punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak has the best on time performance on their train schedules to South Bend, rating them a 4.4 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

£5.56 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to South Bend, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to South Bend. In the last month, trains from Elkhart to South Bend had the lowest average price at £9.26.

The main train station in South Bend is 2702 W Washington St. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around South Bend.

The closest airport to South Bend is South Bend Regional Airport (SBN), it is located 4.1 miles from the city center of South Bend.
South Bend is the most popular train destination in Indiana. It also ranks number 197 in United States. South Bend has the second most number of destinations in Indiana that are connected to South Bend by train service. Each day 24 direct train schedules arrive in the South Bend.
The population of South Bend is 101516. South Bend ranks number 2 in terms of population in Indiana and number 157 in all of United States.
Train tickets to South Bend range from £6 for a short trip to South Bend, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to South Bend starts at , and a longer trip by train to South Bend can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as £12.
People who take the train to South Bend are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to South Bend easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest train station to the city center of South Bend is 2702 W Washington St, located just 1.8 miles away. Select 2702 W Washington St as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of South Bend. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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