Capitol Limited

Washington, DC - Pittsburgh - Cleveland - Chicago
18 hours
The Capitol Limited train runs daily between Washington, DC and Chicago. You'll follow the historic B&O line on your journey through the Potomac Valley, past historic Harpers Ferry and the Allegheny Mountains into Pittsburgh. Cross into Ohio heading north to Cleveland, and then across Ohio and Indiana into the center of Chicago.

A Comfortable Journey

Instead of driving a car, taking a plane or bus between DC, Cleveland and Chicago, Capitol Limited is bound to give you a memorable train ride. Spacious Superliner accommodations make your trip more enjoyable, with showers and thoughtful amenities, friendly service and delicious dining. Choose a wide, comfortable Reserved Coach seat, or make reservations for sleeping car accommodations and enjoy watching the spectacular scenery roll past.

Capitol Limited Walk-On Bike Service

Don't let your bike sit at home while you have all the fun — take it with you on your next Capitol Limited train trip and explore your destination car-free. Advance reservations are required. See the full details.

Discover the renaissance of America’s great industrial cities, where factories have been transformed into hotels, parks have replaced parking lots and warehouses store boutiques instead of boxes. Explore the pop art legacy of Andy Warhol in Pittsburgh, let the music move you at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, or dive deep into World War II history with a tour of a genuine German U-boat at Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry. The only thing missing is enough time to see and do it all.
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.” — Benjamin Franklin

Features & Amenities

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    Arrive in DC’s magnificent Union Station and set off to discover the city by foot, bike or Metro. Tour the monuments and museums of the National Mall, including the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
    Enjoy the organic beauty of the National Botanic Gardens or bike the towpaths of the old C&O Canal or miles of trails along the Potomac River. Marvel at the magnificent architecture of the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court and of course, the U.S. Capitol.
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    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    “Steel” away to Pittsburgh, where old factories now house trendy street-side shops, bars and bistros. Miles of riverfront parks beckon with walking, jogging and biking trails.
    A 10-ton Bessemer furnace in Station Square recalls the Steel City’s roots, while the Grand Concourse Restaurant celebrates the elegant grandeur of the 1901 Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Station. Just don’t leave town without riding the Inclines for a bird’s-eye view of the city that consistently earns “Best Place to Live” honors.
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    Cleveland, Ohio

    As a mecca of museums and galleries, music halls and historic sites, University Circle is the smart place to start your Cleveland adventures. Lunch in Little Italy, then burn off that pasta by exploring the 70 miles of paved trails in the city’s “Emerald Necklace” network of parks.
    Roll your way over to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or catch some kitsch with Ralphie and family at the genuine “Christmas Story” house.
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    Chicago, Illinois

    From the grandeur of Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain to iconic museums and skyscrapers, see for yourself why Chicago was once dubbed “Paris on the Prairie.” Engage in retail therapy on the Magnificent Mile or root for the home team within the friendly confines of famed Wrigley Field.
    Chicago will satisfy whatever you hunger for, from hot dogs and deep dish to culture and comedy.

Trails & Rails - Heritage Appreciation Onboard

An innovative partnership program between the National Park Service and Amtrak, the Trails & Rails program provides Amtrak passengers with educational opportunities to foster an appreciation of a selected region's natural and cultural heritage and renews the long tradition of associating railroads with National Parks.
The Capitol Limited has an onboard Trails & Rails program operating from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington, D.C. and is hosted by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Train Stations Served by the Capitol Limited