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Cardinal

New York - Washington, DC - Cincinnati - Indianapolis - Chicago
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The Cardinal operates between New York and Chicago three days a week, 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. 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.

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Schedule (PDF )
  • Effective January 11, 2016
  • Frequency
    3 days a week
    Length of Trip
    26 hours 30 minutes
    Amenities
    Lounge Wi-Fi
    50, 51
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