Amtrak Capitol Limited Schedule
Amtrak Capitol Limited Schedule

Capitol Limited (Amtrak): Chicago to Washington, DC

Get ready for an incredible adventure aboard the Amtrak Capitol Limited, a daily long-distance train between Chicago and Washington, D.C. It covers 780 miles and stops at exciting places like Harper Ferry, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and other small communities waiting for you to explore!

The Capitol Limited is Train 29 heading East and Train 30 heading West.

During the 17.5-hour trip, you’ll witness breathtaking views of mountains, cities, and countryside. It’s an excellent opportunity to relax and appreciate the history and beauty of the places you pass by.

This article provides you with the Capitol Limited schedule and accommodations available on the train. 

I have been riding this train since 2013, and I’m still amazed by the views every time. Come along on this journey with me, and let’s explore the magnificent sights together!

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Why you should ride the Capitol Limited

A view of the woods and the Potomac River from the Amtrak Capitol Limited.
Potomac River and the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

On a trip aboard Amtrak’s Capitol Limited, you can enjoy the beauty of Harper’s Ferry, where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers converge amidst rugged cliffs and rolling hills as you enjoy this scenic ride. Cross the mighty Potomac River, witnessing its serene majesty from the comfort of your seat. As the train winds through the Allegheny Mountains, be captivated by panoramic views of lush forests and towering peaks.

The Capitol Limited route holds a special allure for railroad history enthusiasts. Follow in the footsteps of pioneers and adventurers along the historic B&O Railroad line, which dates back to 1827. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of America’s railroads as you traverse the same paths traveled by generations past.

You can access an old Amtrak route guide that can help enhance your journey. It offers information on some of the areas the train passes through.

The Capitol Limited on-time performance and host railroad

Amtrak's Capitol Limited at a stations stop.
Capitol Limited at a station stop in Cumberland, Maryland

Delays happen; sometimes, they are Amtrak’s fault, but sometimes they are not.

From April 2023 to 2024, Amtrak Capitol Limited’s average on-time performance was 71.3%, with an average delay of 64 minutes.

For April 2024, the average on-time performance was 73%, with an average delay of 64 minutes.

CSX (307 miles) caused delays by slow orders and routing. NS (481 miles) caused delays due to freight train interference and routing.

Information from this section came from the Amtrak Host Railroad Report – April 2024

Coach Seating on the Amtrak Capitol Limited

Amtrak Superliner coach seats
Amtrak Superliner lower-level coach seating (Photo courtesy of Amtrak.com)

Amtrak coach seating offers a range of features to ensure a comfortable journey.

You can expect reclining seats with ample legroom, a fold-down tray, individual reading lights, and 120v grounded (three-prong) electric outlets.

Additionally, these seats offer a foot and leg rest, a seat back pocket to store belongings, and racks above your seat to store your luggage. Alternatively, you can use the luggage shelves on the lower level.

The coach seating has upper and lower levels, with the lower level typically reserved for passengers with mobility challenges. There are restrooms on the lower level for your convenience.

Sleeper Accommodations on the Amtrak Capitol Limited

Amtrak Superliner roomette seat
Amtrak Superliner roomette seat

Amtrak provides sleeping accommodations on their trains, which you can book for your journey for privacy, comfort, and more!

These sleeping accommodations provide you with convenience in a small space. 

Enjoy fresh linens and towels, meals, a dedicated car attendant, a 120v grounded (three-prong) outlet, a shower, at least one outlet in the room, and a morning coffee and juice station, all at your fingertips. 

Also, there is a table that you can pull out, and if you bring chess or checker pieces, you can play as you roll down the tracks!

Passengers starting their journey in Chicago and Washington, DC, can wait in the Metropolitan lounges at these stations.

During the day, there are chairs, and at night, those seats get converted into beds.

This train will become a Viewliner train in September 2024, replacing the current Superliner equipment. More to come as I get more details.

The kind of rooms are available.

  • Roomette
    • Smallest of the rooms, comfy for one and cozy for two.
    • 1-10 on the upper level, 11-14 on the lower
  • Bedroom
    • It gives you twice the space of a Roomette with an ensuite sink, bathroom, and shower.
    • Lettered rooms are all on the upper level.
  • Accessible room
    • offers passengers with a disability an accessible bedroom located on the lower level of the train.
    • It provides ample space for a wheelchair, with a sofa for two by day and an upper and lower berth for the night.
  • Family bedroom (Through sometime in September 2024)
    • For two adults and two smaller kids.
    • Room 15 on the lower level.

Carry-on and checked baggage

Find out what you can bring!

Carry on

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.

Checked bag service

The Capitol Limited offers checked bag service, but your first and last stations must also provide the service.

Amtrak allows two bags weighing up to 50 lbs each and a maximum size of 75 linear inches per person for free. Additional charges apply for extra or oversized luggage.

Suppose you are connecting to the Capitol Limited from another Amtrak train. In that case, you can check your bags at the layover station if the station and your destination offer checked bag service. Please ensure to do this 45 minutes before departure, or there may be a chance that you won’t be able to do so.

Wi-Fi on the Capitol Limited

The Capitol Limited currently does not provide Wi-Fi. For trip entertainment ideas, see my article on entertainment on Amtrak ideas.

Capitol Limited add-ons

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

Bikes

  • Amtrak allows you to bring a standard, full-size bicycle
    • Bikes up to 50 lbs, 70 inches x 41 inches x 8.5 inches.
    • Amtrak stores bikes in designated bike racks inside the baggage car. Space can be limited.
    • For more information and rules, please read Amtrak’s bike policy.

Pets and service animals

  • You can bring a dog or cat aboard the Capitol Limited
    • Providing your trip is under 7 hours.
    • Your pet and carrier are 20 pounds or less.
    • It would be best to complete the paperwork before the train arrives.
      • Amtrak will electronically send you the paperwork after you complete your reservation, or you can find it in the My Trip area on the Amtrak app or website.
    • You can find the restrictions and more info on Amtrak’s pet policy page.

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

Accessible ramps on the Capitol Limited

Wheelchair ramps are available to assist passengers in boarding and detraining passengers with a wheeled mobility device.

Food on the Capitol Limited

You have a few options when it comes to eating on this train.

Bringing food with you

You can bring food and drinks on the train, but Amtrak cannot store, chill, or heat your food. They can only heat the food you purchased onboard.

Over the years, my experience with train travel has taught me a few valuable lessons. One lesson is that bringing snacks can enhance your journey. Snacks can help fill the gaps between meals or when the cafe car is closed. The same applies to having a water bottle that you can refill on the train or at a station.

If you are of legal drinking age, you are permitted to bring alcohol on the train. However, you are only allowed to consume it if you are in a sleeping accommodation.

Capitol Limited Cafe Car

Amtrak Coffee
Coffee tastes better on the rails, especially from the Amtrak cafe car.

The Capitol Limited cafe is open to all passengers from 6 am to 10 pm. However, it may close for breaks and sleeper meal preparation. Please listen to announcements for any changes in cafe hours. The Amtrak Cafe is between the coach and sleeping cars in the train’s center.

The cafe offers a variety of options, including hot and cold meals, snacks, hot and cold beverages (including alcoholic drinks), and even cars and comfort kits for sale.

Meals for sleeper car passengers

Amtrak Flex Meal
Amtrak’s Asian Noodle Flex dining entree includes a dinner roll, salad, dessert, and beer.

Sleeper car passengers on Amtrak’s Capitol Limited receive hot, prepared meals through their flex dining service. This complimentary dining is for passengers to consume in their rooms or the cafe car, and complimentary beverages during their meals. For those of age sleeping car passengers, their first adult dinner drink with dinner is on Amtrak!

The meals served are based on the day of travel.

This table tells you what meals the Capitol Limited offers sleeping car passengers.

DayEastbound 29Westbound 30
1DinnerDinner
2BreakfastBreakfast
If the train is running late, Amtrak can add meals

Other links you may need

Here are links to a few articles that could help you.

Amtrak’s Capitol Limited Schedule

Train 29
Westbound
The Capitol Limited runs dailyTrain 30
Eastbound
Read DownCommunities ServedMilesLast Stop
4:05pWashington, DC
Union Station (WAS) (ET) *
01:05p
4:29pRockville, MD (RKV)16D 12:16p
5:16pHarpers Ferry, WV (HFY)
(Frederick, MD)
5511:31a
5:45pMartinsburg, WV (MRB)
(Hagerstown, MD)
7411:01a
7:24pCumberland, MD
Amtrak Station (CUM) *
1469:32a
9:47pConnellsville, PA (COV)2396:59a
11:59pPittsburgh, PA
Union Station (PGH) *
2995:05a | 5:20a
1:39aAlliance, OH (ALC)3833:05 am
2:59aCleveland, OH (CLE)4391:54a
3:29aElyria, OH (ELY) (Lorain)4641:15a
4:02aSandusky, OH (SKY)49912:40a
5:08a | 5:22aToledo, OH (TOL) *54611:39p | 11:49p
6:36aWaterloo, IN (WTI) (Ft Wayne)62410:23p
7:29aElkhart, IN (EKH)6799:29p
7:51aSouth Bend, IN (SOB) Eastern Time6969:09p
8:45aChicago, IL – Union Station (CHI)*
Central Time
7806:40p
Last StopStationsMilesRead Up
This schedule is a guide; check with Amtrak for current times. ‘

Capitol Limited Schedule Abbreviations

* = Stations with Amtrak Connecting Services, or you can connect with other Amtrak trains.

Printable Amtrak Capitol Limited Schedule

You can use the PDF below or print this or any other Amtrak route schedule from Amtrak.com. They even allow you to print custom schedules that include connecting trains and services! Learn how to print your own Amtrak schedule.


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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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