LANSING, Mich. – Starting May 10, passengers aboard the Amtrak Wolverine Service (Pontiac-Detroit-Chicago) and Blue Water (Port Huron-East Lansing-Chicago) trains can now travel directly to New Buffalo, Mich., and have the option of spending a day at the beach, returning home that night, or making a vacation of it, all from the new downtown station near the lakefront.
The new schedule (attached) allows day-trips to “Harbor Country,” the westernmost gateway to the shores of Michigan and a favored getaway location for Chicagoans, Detroiters and many others. Beginning May 10 – coinciding with the new Amtrak spring/ summer timetable – six daily trains will begin stopping at New Buffalo, near the Michigan-Indiana border, rather than the current four daily stops.
The New Buffalo station, which opened last fall at 225 North Whitaker Street, is within sight of the public beach to the west and the restaurants and shops to the east in the resort community. A local casino provides a shuttle to meet each of the six trains.
Fares from Chicago range from $9 to $22, fares from Detroit range from $28 to $66 and fares from East Lansing range from $16 to $40, each way per adult. Children 2-15 years old are half-fare when accompanied by an adult and additional information about fares and other discounts is available under the “Deals” tab on Amtrak.com.
Amtrak Blue Water service is operated under a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation.