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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.

Find all Lake Shore Limited schedules and get the best deals on cheap train tickets by searching on Wanderu. Wanderu is an official Lake Shore Limited partner, giving you the chance to search, compare and book train tickets securely with ease.

Contact Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

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

Online support: Amtrak Lake Shore Limited website

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
RestroomRestroom
Extra legroomExtra legroom
Loyalty rewardsLoyalty rewards
Power outletPower outlet
SnacksSnacks
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Amtrak Lake Shore Limited train coverage

Daily Trips385
stations26
cities25
countries1

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 202 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 247 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 278 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 335 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 274 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 322 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 314 reviews

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

(Based on 386 reviews)

4.2
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.3

Timeliness

4.2

Staff

4.3

Value

4.0

Condition

4.4

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited passenger reviews

5.0

Mary

February 1, 2023- Solo travel

Boston to Pittsfield

Very pleasant trip and staff

Very pleasant trip and staff

3.0

Cindy

January 11, 2023- Visiting friends

Waterloo to Chicago

Pros: Train was on time, seats great. Cons: Bathrooms were atrosious Food choices very limited. Tips: Bring your own food and drinks but if you drink beware of the bathrooms.

Pros: Train was on time, seats great. Cons: Bathrooms were atrosious Food choices very limited. Tips: Bring your own food and drinks but if you drink beware of the bathrooms.

4.0

Shoshana

December 20, 2022- Visiting family

Chicago to Cleveland

Pros: The car was spacious. Tips: An eye mask is a must if you want to get some sleep.

Pros: The car was spacious. Tips: An eye mask is a must if you want to get some sleep.

3.0

Ruth

December 18, 2022- Visiting friends

Toledo to Chicago

Pros: It was a great way to travel without having to drive. Cons: The bathroom had been extensively used by the time I boarded. The waste receptacle was overflow and waste paper was on the floor. Also a piece of luggage was lost off the transfer truck and thus caused a...

Pros: It was a great way to travel without having to drive. Cons: The bathroom had been extensively used by the time I boarded. The waste receptacle was overflow and waste paper was on the floor. Also a piece of luggage was lost off the transfer truck and thus caused a big delay after I arrived in Chicago. Vigilance and care on the part of the baggage handler should have been better. Tips: None.

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5.0

Kathryn

December 1, 2022- Visiting friends

Waterloo to Chicago

Pros: Fast and easy way to travel to chicago. Cons: Nothing that I can think of. Tips: No.

Pros: Fast and easy way to travel to chicago. Cons: Nothing that I can think of. Tips: No.

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited Routes & Network

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited’s train network features 414 train routes that connect 25 cities serving 26 stations. On average, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited performs about 385 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Lake Shore Limited offers the highest number of daily train service include Chicago and Cleveland.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Chicago185:39 am4:29 am
Boston165:27 am4:59 am
New York235:27 am4:59 am
Syracuse175:27 am4:59 am
Rochester155:27 am4:59 am
Rensselaer179:46 am4:59 am
Springfield1410:50 am4:59 am
Cleveland165:39 am4:59 am
Pittsfield68:15 am4:59 am

Most popular Amtrak Lake Shore Limited routes

The train from Chicago to Cleveland is Amtrak Lake Shore Limited’s most popular route. Trips from Toledo to Chicago and South Bend to Chicago are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Lake Shore Limited routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Chicago to Cleveland27h 8m$48
Toledo to Chicago24h 39m$35
South Bend to Chicago22h 5m$16
Chicago to New York120h 12m$90
Waterloo to Chicago23h 21m$26
Boston to Pittsfield23h 48m$9
Springfield to Boston22h 24m$9
Rensselaer to Boston2312h 47m$13
Syracuse to Boston28h 46m$21

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 www.amtrak.com 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

Do Amtrak Lake Shore Limited trains have WiFi?

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.

Are there power outlets or USB plugs on the train?

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.

What is Amtrak Lake Shore Limited's schedule?

On a typical day, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited has 385 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 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.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

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.

What are Amtrak Lake Shore Limited’s COVID-19 policies?

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

Are there bathrooms on Amtrak Lake Shore Limited trains?

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.

Are meals or beverages available?


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.

Do you have to print your Amtrak Lake Shore Limited ticket?

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.

Does Amtrak Lake Shore Limited offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

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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How do I get the best deal on Amtrak Lake Shore Limited tickets?

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