Amtrak Pere Marquette Schedule card
Amtrak Pere Marquette Schedule

The Amtrak Pere Marquette: A new passenger’s guide

The Amtrak Pere Marquette is a daily train part of the Amtrak Midwest Regional service. It travels 138 miles and takes about 4 hours between Chicago, IL, Grand Rapids, MI, and its intermediate stops.

The Pere Marquette connects Chicago to Grand Rapids, “Beer City USA.” The train stops include St. Joseph and Holland, where you can enjoy the beautiful beaches, rich Dutch heritage, and the annual Tulip Time Festival.

A quick look at the Amtrak Pere Marquette

Amtrak Pere Marquette seating accommodations

This train offers two different seating choices.

Coach seating

My niece sitting at a table in the new Amtrak Venture cars
My niece is enjoying her ride.

The Pere Marquette offers Coach seating with the following:

  • A fold-down tray
  • Seat back pockets
  • Individual reading lights
  • 120v grounded (three-prong) electric outlets.
    • Some cars have USB chargers between the seats.
  • There is a restroom in or between the coach cars.
  • Storage is available above, under the seat in front of you, and there is a rack for storing your luggage.

Business class

Or try Business class, which includes extra legroom, a comfortable seat, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. These cars are typically quieter than coach cars, but that is based on the behavior of your fellow travelers.

Plus, you are closer to the cafe car and, for a fee, have lounge access in Chicago Union.

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

Luggage: Check and carry on

This train 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.

Pere Marquette add-ons

Amtrak offers a few options to add to your reservation for a fee.


Amtrak conductor helping passenger
Amtrak conductor assists a passenger in getting to the right car. Photo Courtesy of Amtrak

If you want to bring your fur baby:

  • They must weigh 20 pounds, including carrier.
  • The carrier must fit under the seat.
  • Before you get too excited, read Amtrak’s pet policy.
    • Print out the necessary paperwork.
    • This will make traveling with your pet smoother and have fewer surprises.

If you have a service or comfort animal, read Amtrak’s service animal policy and chat with Amtrak staff before leaving for the station.

Bring your bike

You can bring your bike! For more information, check out Amtrak’s bike policy.

Golf clubs

If you need to bring your putter for mini-golf or a complete set of clubs, you can, providing you follow Amtrak’s golf club policy.

Food Offerings For The Amtrak Pere Marquette


This train offers food service, plus you can bring food with you.

Pere Marquette Cafe car

The cafe offers:

  • A variety of hot and cold meals
  • Snacks
  • Hot and cold beverages
  • Including beer, wine, and spirits.

You can enjoy your purchases in the cafe car or return them to your seat.

Bringing food on the train

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

Due to FDA rules and regulations, you cannot bring food or drink into the cafe car you brought on the train.

Wi-Fi on the train

You can access Amtrak’s free Wi-Fi service; this service is for email, and web surfing is not intended to be used for streaming.

Amtrak Pere Marquette Schedule

Below is a PDF you can download and print, or print a custom Amtrak schedule that lists all the trains on your ticket.

Click on the stations to see the services offered at that stop.

Pere Marquette Station StopsMilesWestbound
Read DownDaily TrainRead Up
6:30pChicago, IL
Union Station (CHI) CT
9:14pSt. Joseph-Benton Harbor, MI
9:50pBangor, MI (BAM)897:32a
10:33pHolland, MI (HOM)1026:49a
11:34pGrand Rapids, MI
Vernon J. Ehlers Station (GRR)
Last StopStationsMilesRead Up
CT = Central Timezone ET = Eastern TImezone

Printable Amtrak Pere Marquette Schedule

Feel free to print out or download this page from Amtrak. If you want to ensure you have the most up-to-date schedule (I do my best), this page will teach you how to print your Amtrak schedule. That link also shows you how to make custom schedules.

Amtrak Pere Marquette Route Guide

While this is an older document, many people find it interesting, for it tells you about a small history of the towns the train goes through.

Safe Travels,


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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