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Trains do a great job taking the traveler to the most important cities around South Bend. South Shore Rail System takes the traveler to neighboring Chicago. It runs a scheduled service with seven daily trips from Monday to Friday and nine on the weekends. Trains run from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. They depart from South Bend Airport to Michigan City's two stops, Chesterton, Gary, Hammond, Chicago 55th St., Chicago Museum Campus (12th St.), ends at downtown Millennium Station at Randolph Street. .Savvy urban travelers can walk to the Blue Line Subway to go out to O'Hare or Orange Line to Midway, but please note there's no baggage check on South Shore and no luggage carriers allowed on Chicago subway. Very few take train to Chicago airports. Most take the buses that take you and your luggage right to airport departure. Many take South Shore to downtown Chicago and walk to Red Line Subway to catch a daytime Cubs game.
For further information about schedules and stops, check out the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District website at http://www.nictd.com/.
The one way trip from South Bend to Chicage costs $ 10.75. There are reduced fares if you buy 10 or 25 rides passes, or
monthly tickets. Children, seniors and passengers with disabilities pay half price. There are also reduced fares for the weekends and for families(two children under 13 can travel free with an accompanying adult who bought a full fare ticket) .
Amtrak connects South Bend to Chicago and cities in the East. Capitol Limited goes to Chicago, Toledo, Cleveland, Pittsburg and Washington DC; Lake Shore Limited, to Buffalo, Albany, to New York City. No secure parking at Amtrak South Bend Station. Five miles north of South Bend, Niles Michigan Amtrak Station has two lines, Blue water connects Niles to Lansing and Port Huron, Wolverine connects to Ann Arbor, Dearborn (Henry Ford Museum), Detroit, and ends in Pontiac. Both lines go to Chicago. Free Parking is available at Niles station.