Amtrak Hiawatha schedule
Amtrak Hiawatha schedule

The Amtrak Hiawatha: Chicago to Milwaukee

The Amtrak Hiawatha is a daily train with six round trips between Milwaukee, WI, and Chicago, IL, with intermediate stops at Gen. Mitchell International Airport, Sturtevant, WI, and Glenview, IL. The route is 86 miles end-to-end and takes about 90 minutes. The Amtrak Borealis replaces one of the round trips and extends the route to St Paul/Minneapolis.

The Hiawatha is my first Amtrak train and the one I’ve been on the most! I have used it to connect with different modes of transportation and just for fun.

Often, I’ve taken this train to Milwaukee General Mitchell Airport to catch a flight or to Chicago, where I’ve connected with the Orange Line, which took me to Midway, or the Blue Line, which goes to O’Hare. In addition, I’ve used this train to connect with buses.

This train offers excellent flexibility to intermodal travelers and links passengers to Amtrak’s national and regional networks. It is also a good option if you are looking to visit the biggest city in each state.

Amtrak Hiawatha Basics

Rows of Amtrak Venture car seats
New Amtrak Venture car coach seating

The Hiawatha is part of Amtrak’s Midwest Corridor and offers seven round trips between Milwaukee and Chicago. The average trip time is an hour and a half from start to end. The route has three interstate stops, including Milwaukee Airport, Sturtevant, WI, and Glenview, IL.

This train now offers bucket pricing, which can change based on occupancy. Book early to snag cheaper prices!

Coach class on the Hiawatha

The Hiawatha train offers only coach class seating with two seats on either side and no middle seat. 

These seats have at-seat outlets on the wall (in older cars) or between the seats (in newer cars). 

There is luggage storage above each seat and a car luggage shelf. The seating arrangement is open, and you cannot reserve two seats for yourself if the train is busy.

Amtrak's Hiawatha at the depot
Amtrak’s Hiawatha 334 at Sturtevant, WI,

Amtrak Hiawatha Quiet Car

The Hiawatha offers a Quiet Car for passengers who want to relax with less noise. The Quiet Car does not require special reservations and has limited seating. Some rules apply; check out the article below to see if the quiet car suits you!

Food Service

This train does not have food service.

Amtrak allows you to bring snacks and beverages aboard the train to enjoy while you ride, but adult beverages must stay in your luggage.

Luggage

The Hiawatha train service no longer provides checked bag service at any stops.

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.

Hiawatha add-ons

There are a few things you can add to your next Amtrak adventure.

Bikes

Space is available for standard, full-size bicycles or golf clubs; check the link for details. You must book your bike or clubs when making your reservation.

Bike storage service may be temporarily limited or unavailable on some trains.

Pets

If you want to bring a pet or service animal on an Amtrak train, read and understand the policies before booking or leaving for the station.

  • Amtrak allows dogs and cats on this train.
    • Pets can be up to 20 pounds with the combined weight of the pet and carrier.
    • You must book your pet when making your reservation and fill out the paperwork to fill out before you board the train.
    • Get the paperwork and more information from Amtrak’s pet policy page.

Service or comfort animal owners, check, read, and understand Amtrak’s service animal page before booking to see if your service critter qualifies.

Accessibility and the Hiawatha

Wheelchair Lift is available to assist passengers in boarding and detraining with a wheeled mobility device. They are available at all stations. When booking, indicate that you need assistance so conductors know that someone needs help, and so they look for you.

There are spaces on the train for people in mobility vehicles and for those who cannot walk far.

Tickets For The Amtrak Hiawatha

Hiawatha at SVT
A bird’s eye view of the Hiawatha at the Sturtevant Depot

The Hiawatha is a reserved train, which means your ticket needs to match the scheduled time of the train you want to ride. Years ago, the Hiawatha was an unreserved train.

If you need to make changes, you can often do so on the website or the app; depending on your ticket, there could be a fee. In some cases, you may need to call 1-800-USA-Rail. You can see a ticket agent if you are leaving from the Milwaukee Intermodal or Chicago Union Station.

The types of tickets you can get for the Hiawatha:

  • One Way
  • Ten Ride
    • A ten-ride ticket allows you to purchase five round trips on one ticket and is valid for 90 days.
    • With these tickets, you can ride any of the Hiawatha trains.
    • This ticket allows one round trip per day.
    • Note that these tickets are only valid for the person whose name is on that ticket.
  • Round Trip
  • Monthly ticket
    • The monthly ticket is valid for one calendar month.
    • With these tickets, you can ride any of the Hiawatha trains.
    • This ticket allows one round trip per day.
    • Note that these tickets are only valid for the person whose name is on that ticket.

Amtrak Hiawatha one-way fares

I have a guide for Hiawatha train ticket prices that you might find helpful. Amtrak or the Wisconsin DOT sets the prices and can change them anytime. Therefore, your prices could differ from those in this guide. Know that I try to keep this as updated as I can.

MKEMKASVTGLNCHI
Chicago (CHI)$19 – $32$19 – $32$18 – $30$8 – $12
Glenview (GLN)$18 – $27$13 – $26$16 – $20$8 – $12
Sturtevant (SVT)$8 – $14$8 – $14$16 – $20$18 – $27
Milwaukee Apt (MKA)$6 – $10$8 – $14$18 – $27$19 – $32
Milwaukee Dwtn (MKE)$6 – $10$8 – $14$18 – $27$19 – $32

Amtrak Hiawatha station updates

Improvements are being made at the Milwaukee Airport (MKA) and outside Chicago Union Station that could impact your trip. If your trip involves either or both stops, please click the buttons below to get the latest information from Amtrak.

Limited access to the passenger drop-off loop and the current platform in Milwaukee could occasionally occur.

The Amtrak Hiawatha on-time performance and host railroads

Amtrak’s Hiawatha train often operates on tracks owned by a freight and commuter railroad. Unfortunately, these railroads sometimes prioritize their trains over Amtrak’s, which can cause passengers to get delayed. While it is occasionally necessary to dispatch freight trains over passenger trains for safety reasons or in a first-come, first-served situation, it is not always justified.

Metra at Fox Lake

Between March 2023 and 2024, the Hiawatha train had an average on-time performance of 85.5%, with an average delay of 33 minutes. In March 2024, the average passenger on-time performance was 81.1%, with an average delay of 27 minutes.

The top two reasons for delays caused by host railroads were: 

1. CPKC (53 miles) delays due to slow orders and routing issues.

2. Metra (29 miles) delays due to slow orders and interference from commuter trains.

The information in this section comes from the March 2024 Amtrak Host Railroad Report.

Amtrak Hiawatha Schedule/Timetable

In most cases, the route averages an hour and a half from end to end; 339 is an hour and thirty-seven minutes. These schedules come from the official Hiawatha page. Amtrak, Wisconsin DOT, or the Illinois DOT can change these schedules anytime.

The times listed below are departure times.

Amtrak Hiawatha Schedule Southbound Trains

*All trains are daily, but train 330 does not run on Sunday!

Train 1340 is now the Borealis and runs past Milwaukee to the Twin Cities.

StationsMiles330 *3323343363381340342
Milwaukee, WI
(MKE)
06:15a8:05a11:00a1:05p3:00p5:45p7:35p
Milwaukee Airport
(MKA)
86:26a8:14a11:09a1:14p3:09p5:54p7:44p
Sturtevant, WI
(SVT)
236:43a8:27a11:23a1:27p3:22p6:07p7:57p
Glenview, IL
(GLN)
687:25a9:05a12:00p2:05p4:00p6:45p8:35p
Chicago, IL
(CHI)
867:57a9:34a12:29p2:34p4:29p7:14p9:04p

Amtrak Hiawatha Schedule Northbound Trains

*All trains are daily, but train 329 does not run on Sunday!

**Friday Only

+Take note that “train” 8307 is a late-night bus with no intermediate stops.

Train 1333 is now a Borealis train coming from the Twin Cities.

* This train may not run on holidays

Printable Amtrak Hiawatha Schedule/Timetable

If you are connecting with another train or service, you could benefit from printing a custom Amtrak schedule.

Amtrak’s I-41 Connecting Service Schedule

The Hiawatha has a connecting bus service, an Amtrak-branded bus that only services these Amtrak stops. Lamers run buses 7333 and 7338, which connect to Amtrak trains but are not Amtrak-branded charter buses.


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.