Explore Portage by train: Amtrak Borealis begins May 21

Portage welcomed Amtrak Borealis on May 21

A crowd gathered on the platform of the Portage Amtrak station to celebrate the arrival of the new Amtrak Borealis train service on Tuesday, May 21. This is now the second Amtrak service to make stops in Portage, running daily between Minneapolis and Chicago.

ST. PAUL, Minn., and CHICAGO – Tickets are now available for a second daily Amtrak service between the Twin Cities and Chicago, via Milwaukee: new state-sponsored Borealis trains originate from St. Paul at midday and from Chicago in the late morning. Travelers seeking a more comfortable, sustainable and productive choice than driving will have double the current rail options, starting May 21, 2024.

Amtrak Borealis coach fares start at $41 each way between St. Paul and Chicago for adults, with everyday discounts for children ages 2-12, students, seniors, veterans, military personnel and families, groups, and others.

Amtrak Borealis makes first stop in Portage, Wisconsin
Elected officials and residents celebrate the arrival of Amtrak Borealis on May 21, 2024 at the Portage Amtrak Station.

Amtrak Borealis trains will offer Coach and Business Class in addition to a café car featuring regional items. Customers will enjoy wide reclining seats with ample legroom, no middle seats, free Wi-Fi, and views of the Mississippi River between St. Paul and La Crosse, Wisc., in daylight in both directions across Wisconsin.

The trains will make the current Empire Builder stops between St. Paul and Milwaukee and Hiawatha stops between Milwaukee and Chicago (see schedule). There are 8 stations along the way in Wisconsin, including Milwaukee and Wisconsin Dells.

Another benefit of the Amtrak Borealis service is a new eastbound Amtrak origination from Ramsey County’s Union Depot in St. Paul.

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