Capitol Limited

  • Washington, DC
  • Pittsburgh
  • Cleveland
  • Chicago
18 hours Train Numbers
29, 30
Frequency: Daily

A Historic Journey. 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

Amenities vary by train.

Downloadable menus are updated regularly, but menu items and prices are subject to change and may be different from what is available onboard.

Take your small dog or cat along with you on the train. Before you go, learn more about the types of pets allowed, pet reservations and fares, approved pet carriers and additional details.

See the Complete Pet Program Guidelines

Trails & Rails - Heritage Appreciation Onboard

Trails & Rails - Heritage Appreciation Onboard

Trails & Rails - Heritage Appreciation Onboard

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.

Learn More about Trails & Rails