Mt. Pleasant & Central Michigan Now on Amtrak Map

February 21, 2017

Amtrak uses Indian Trails buses between Gaylord & Mid-Michigan

CHICAGO and OWOSSO, Mich. — Amtrak customers now can make connections between Amtrak Wolverine Service trains and Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant and other communities along US-127 and I-75 — Michigan’s main north-south highways — using buses operated by Indian Trails, Inc., of Owosso.

Schedule details for same-day travel to and from points in west Michigan and Chicago are on a passenger service notice, with northbound customers transferring from Amtrak trains to buses in Battle Creek and southbound customers transferring from buses to trains in Kalamazoo.

For example, a traveler could board an Amtrak Wolverine train in Chicago at 7:20 a.m. CT, transfer to a bus in Battle Creek, and arrive in Gaylord at about 7 p.m. ET.  Similar to the Amtrak trains, these Indian Trails motorcoaches are typically equipped with free cellular-based Wi-Fi, footrests, restrooms, 110V outlets and are wheelchair-accessible.

Here are some examples of coach fares (adult, each way, as low as, subject to further discounts):

Mt. Pleasant to Chicago $59 Gaylord to Chicago $78
Alma   to Chicago $55 Grayling to Chicago $75

Students at Central Michigan, Alma College or other schools can get three-day advance purchase tickets at a student discount under a program available across the Amtrak network.

This schedule, now bookable via, smartphone apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL, connects central Michigan to more than 500 Amtrak destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces.

As a result of the expanded Amtrak Thruway agreement, Indian Trails’ network of daily scheduled routes is now accessible via Amtrak. These bus routes serve 270,000 people a year in more than 100 towns throughout Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, as well as Duluth, Minn., Chicago and Milwaukee.

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Marc Magliari

Mark Holoweiko

About Amtrak®

Amtrak – America’s Railroad® – is dedicated to safe and reliable mobility as the nation’s intercity passenger rail service provider and its high-speed rail operator. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak passengers for each of the past six years. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a nine member board of directors appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman.  Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Learn more at or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and other information.

About Indian Trails, Inc.

Indian Trails, Inc.—which has served as Michigan’s premier, family-owned, intercity motorcoach carrier for more than 100 years, and is based in Owosso, MI—operates one of the largest and newest fleets of deluxe motorcoaches in Michigan. Its services include charters, tours, shuttles, airport transfers, and casino runs, as well as daily scheduled route service. On the web at Ranked by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation in the top 5 percent of transportation companies nationwide for safe driving, Indian Trails is also the parent company of the Michigan Flyer, which offers affordable, comfortable, and reliable motorcoach connections between East Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport. On the web at