Amtrak Blue Water
Amtrak Blue Water

The Amtrak Blue Water: Chicago to Port Huron

Embark on a scenic journey through the heart of the Midwest by taking the Amtrak Blue Water, which runs daily and connects the bustling city of Chicago, Illinois, to the charming shores of Port Huron, Michigan. As part of the Amtrak Midwest Corridor, the Blue Water offers a convenient and comfortable travel experience with nine stops.

This route is not just a way to get from one place to another; it’s an opportunity to explore the vibrant landscapes and quaint towns that make up the region. 

This post includes everything you need to book your train trip, including accommodations, add-ons, and a schedule. Join me as we explore this train. 

Amtrak Blue Water Accommodations

The Amtrak Blue Water offers several seating options, including a quiet car. You can book this train through Amtrak’s website, app, staffed stations, ticket machines or by calling 1-800-USA-Rail.

Blue Water Coach class

Amtrak Venture Coach Seats
Amtrak Venture Coach Seats

You might not be assigned a specific seat in advance when you board a train. Instead, you may have the option of open seating, which means you can choose any available seat. However, you could be assigned a specific car.

Each coach class seat includes fold-down trays, individual reading lights, overhead luggage racks, and sometimes tables (though not all cars have them).

Additionally, there are grounded or three-prong 120v electric outlets on the wall for your convenience. In newer cars, USB chargers and outlets are located between the two seats and an outlet for each passenger.

In the past years, I have spent numerous hours traveling in coach class, and I found it a fantastic way to travel. Not only do you get to reach your destination, but you can also avoid the stress of driving. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy a beverage while watching the scenery or get caught up on your favorite TV show.

Business class

The Amtrak Blue Water also offers business class, which includes extra legroom, a comfortable seat, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Plus, you are closer to the cafe car. At Chicago Union, you can use the lounge for a fee.

Additionally, Business Class customers receive a 25% bonus on Amtrak Guest Rewards points.

Amtrak Quiet Car

The Amtrak Blue Water train provides a quiet car accessible to all coach passengers on a first-come, first-served basis, with no extra charges.

Specific rules must be followed to maintain a peaceful environment inside these cars. If you are unsure about the location of the quiet car, you may ask the conductor. Usually, it is situated on the opposite end of the train from the cafe car.

Luggage on the Amtrak Blue Water

The Blue Water does not offer a checked bag service.

Each passenger may carry on:

  • One personal item, 25 lbs. (12 kg) and 14 x 11 x 7 inches, and 
  • Two carry-on pieces of luggage, 50 lbs. (23 kg) and 28 x 22 x 14 inches each
  • If you transfer to the Pacific Surfliner at some point along your journey, the baggage size for that train is up to 28 x 22 x 11 inches each. 

Charges apply for additional and oversized luggage; check out Amtrak’s carry-on bag policy for more information.

Amtrak Blue Water add-ons

Here are a few things you can add to your reservations for a fee, but keep in mind space can be limited.

Bringing your bike

  • You can bring a standard bicycle.
  • Max weight of 50 pounds.
  • The maximum tire width is 2″.
  • Bike service may not be available at all stations.

Check out Amtrak’s bike policy before booking your bike on this train.

Bring your golf clubs.

Bring your golf clubs in an enclosed, securely fastened, and full-length cover (vinyl, cloth, nylon, or hard-sided case) no larger than 72 inches and 50 lbs. Golf bag carts must be detached and checked separately.

Bringing our pet

  • Amtrak allows dogs and cats
  • Up to 20 pounds or less, including the carrier.
  • Spaces can be limited.
  • You need to add your pet to your reservation.
    • After completing your reservation, you will receive the necessary paperwork, which you can find in the My Trip section.
  • Before booking, look at Amtrak’s pet policy and print out the documentation.

If you have a service or comfort animal, read the Amtrak service animal policy before booking to ensure your critter qualifies and for booking instructions.

Amtrak Wi-Fi

Blue Water provides free Amtrak Wi-Fi. This service is intended for emailing and web browsing and may not allow streaming.

Food on the Amtrak Blue Water

Lunch from the cafe car

The Blue Water cafe car provides a range of hot and cold meals, snacks, and hot, cold, and adult beverages.

This car is open to all passengers for most of the journey. Its location varies depending on the direction, but it’s usually towards one end of the train.

The cafe car is often located between the business class and the coach class, and conductors and cafe staff will announce its location throughout the journey to make it easier for passengers to find it.

You may bring food and drink aboard the train, but you cannot consume alcohol on the train you brought aboard.

Amtrak Blue Water Schedule

If there are two times, the first is the arrival, the second is the departure, and if there is only one, it is a quick stop. Click on the stations to see the services offered at that stop.

364 EastboundStation StopMiles365 Westbound
Read DownDaily TrainLast Stop
4:00pChicago, IL
Union Station (CHI) CT
011:45a
Time Zone Change
6:10pNew Buffalo, MI (NBU) ET6211:24a
6:32pNiles, MI (NLS)8911:04a
6:43pDowagiac, MI (DOA)10210:52a
7:11pKalamazoo, MI (KAL)13810:26a
7:38pBattle Creek, MI (BTL)16010:00a
9:00pEast Lansing, MI (LNS)2088:54a
9:37pDurand, MI (DRD)2388:08a
10:08pFlint, MI (FLN)2567:35a
10:34pLapeer, MI (LPE)2747:08a
11:31pPort Huron, MI (PTH) ET3196:20a
Last StopStationsMilesRead Up
CT = Central Timezone ET = Eastern TImezone

Use this timetable as a guide; check with Amtrak or your eticket for exact times. The information for these guides comes from Amtrak, and Amtrak can change them anytime.

Printable Amtrak Blue Water Schedule

Feel free to print out or download the PDF using the button below. You can print route schedules from Amtrak.com, including custom schedules with other Amtrak transportation. Learn how to print Amtrak schedules.

An alternative to the Blue Water: Amtrak Wolverine

If you are planning a trip between Chicago, IL, and Battle Creek, MI, or need to make a stop at an intermediate location, consider the Amtrak Wolverine train. It covers most of the same stops as the Blue Water train, so it may be a good alternative for you.

Check out the Wolverine’s schedule to see if it can better suit your needs.

Safe Travels,

Kev

Kevin Monteith

Kev Monteith has been traveling on Amtrak since 2012. With over a decade of experience, he has been on over 800 trains, covering over 200k miles of rail. Kev enjoys helping others achieve their travel dreams by providing support and information. Outside of travel, Kev enjoys making music as an organist and outings with family.

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