• New York
  • Washington
  • Charlottesville
  • Cincinnati
  • Indianapolis
  • Chicago
26 hours 30 minutes Departures Three Days a Week

The Cardinal operates between New York and Chicago, offering unforgettable views of the Southeast's stunning natural beauty. You'll see gently rolling horse country, the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley, and the wild white-water rivers of West Virginia as they can only be seen by train. Heading westward, the train rolls along the banks of the mighty Ohio River — from the quaint towns of Ashland and Maysville, to the skyline of Cincinnati. From there, your journey continues to Indianapolis, and then northward to Chicago.

Soak up the scenery in a wide, comfortable Reserved Coach seat, or upgrade to Business Class and enjoy a fully refundable ticket if canceled prior to departure, 25% point bonus for Amtrak Guest Rewards members, seating in a dedicated car, leather seating with extra legroom and footrests, a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage and access to the Metropolitan Lounge at Chicago - Union Station with the purchase of a day pass. Even better, reserve spacious Viewliner bedroom accommodations to make your trip more enjoyable, with a variety of room types, friendly service and delicious dining.

Checked baggage service is available at most staffed stations on this route. Look for the checked baggage icon when making your reservation to ensure this service is available at your desired departure and arrival points.

Dip into the heart of the eastern U.S., where history awaits in the nooks and crannies of great cities like Philadelphia and Baltimore. Find inspiration in the beauty of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains and explore architecture and viniculture in Jefferson’s Charlottesville. Roll along the New River Gorge in West Virginia, paddle on a steamboat in Cincy and get a rush at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder

Features & Amenities

Amenities vary by train.

Dining Options

Meals on This Train

Eastbound: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Westbound: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

Sample Menus

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