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About Amtrak Cardinal

The Amtrak Cardinal is a long-distance passenger rail service from New York to Chicago, connecting a total of 32 cities. Other major stops on the Cardinal's 354 city-to-city routes include Washington, DC, Charlottesville, and Indianapolis.The Cardinal is part of the Amtrak network, the largest passenger rail service in the United States. Amtrak has been running the Cardinal since 1977.

The Cardinal is one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, and it's no wonder why. The train passes through the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley, and along the New River Gorge National Park, known for its white water rafting. This route becomes even more stunning in late October and early November, when leaf peepers flock onto the Cardinal to view the one-of-a-kind blazing fall foliage along the tracks.

You can pick from an average of 63 trips per day on the Amtrak Cardinal, and depending on your route, train ticket prices range between $8.28 and $636.33. You'll be comfortable traveling on the Cardinal thanks to the reclining seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets at each seat, and snacks available to purchase from Amtrak’s Café Service.

Amtrak has been an official Wanderu partner since 2015, so rest assured that you will find the cheapest and most convenient Amtrak Cardinal tickets right here, at no additional cost. You can even earn Amtrak Guest Rewards points when you purchase your ticket on Wanderu, so have your unique rewards number handy, and get ready to book your next adventure!

Contact Amtrak Cardinal

Phone number: US: 1 (800) 872-7245

Online support: Amtrak Cardinal website

Amtrak Cardinal Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
Extra legroomExtra legroom
Loyalty rewardsLoyalty rewards
Power outletPower outlet


Amtrak Cardinal train coverage

Daily Trips63

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Cardinal

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Amtrak Cardinal had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 42 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 60 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 72 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 78 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 68 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 82 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 78 reviews

Amtrak Cardinal reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Cardinal

(Based on 100 reviews)

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Amtrak Cardinal passenger reviews



August 20, 2023

Alexandria to Staunton

Cons: The train was 2 hours delayed, with no word on when it would arrive from staff , when I got an Uber and went to the airport. I never boarded this train, and had no reason to believe it was going to arrive. Tips: I would not depart from this Alexandria station--at least not on the train heading to Chicago. The staff didn't seem at all surprised that it still hadn't arrived 2 hours later.



April 5, 2023- Visiting family

Washington to Charlottesville

Cons: The ticket taker saw that we had two large pieces of luggage, yet then assigned us seats at the far end of the car instead of giving us seats near where luggage is stored so we could keep an eye on it. We were some of the first to board, so that could easily have been done. Tips: If you have large luggage that won't fit in the overhead bins, ask for a seat assignment near the space large luggage is meant to be stored.



November 5, 2022- Business

Chicago to Lafayette

Pros: Seats are marvelous. Cons: The speed. Amtrak needs faster cars. Tips: use train as much as you can.


Nanda Kumar

October 21, 2022- Visiting family

Charlottesville to Manassas

Online tracking from app was useless



May 6, 2022- Vacation

Charlottesville to Washington

Pros: The staff interacted well with my children and we were able to board earlier to ensure the seats were all close to each other. Cons: We rode Coach class into DC and Upgraded to Business Class for the ride home. There was no clear difference other than the amount of money I spent.. and a free soda. Tips: If you can .. sit in the cafe area.. you can sit with your family and play games.

Amtrak Cardinal Routes & Network

Amtrak Cardinal’s train network features 354 train routes that connect 32 cities serving 32 stations. On average, Amtrak Cardinal performs about 63 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Cardinal offers the highest number of daily train service include Baltimore and Washington.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Cardinal

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Washington144:15 am1:56 am
Chicago105:41 am2:14 am
Charlottesville117:37 am10:55 pm
Indianapolis75:41 am1:56 am
New York124:15 am2:30 am
Lafayette27:36 am10:55 pm
Alexandria114:15 am1:56 am
Philadelphia154:15 am10:55 pm
Charleston17:37 am11:54 pm

Most popular Amtrak Cardinal routes

The train from Baltimore to Washington is Amtrak Cardinal’s most popular route. Trips from Charlottesville to New York and Chicago to Indianapolis are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Cardinal routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Baltimore to Washington10h 41m$33
Charlottesville to New York16h 39m$116
Chicago to Indianapolis14h 54m$50
Charlottesville to Washington13h 0m$43
Chicago to Lafayette13h 1m$37
Cincinnati to Chicago19h 19m$72
Philadelphia to Washington11h 55m$94
Charlottesville to Alexandria12h 43m$48
New York to Washington13h 25m$141

Amtrak Cardinal Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Cardinal tickets can be cancelled for a full refund within the first 24 hours after purchase. If more than 24 hours have passed, the cancellation policy and change fee structure for Amtrak bookings depend on the type of fare you purchased:

Saver Fare tickets: A 25% fee applies for any changes. If you cancel the trip, you will receive an eVoucher worth 75% of the original ticket price.

Value Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable up to 15 or more days before departure. If cancelled less than 14 days before departure, a 25% cancellation fee applies.

Flexible, Business and Premium Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable if cancelled or changed before departure.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable after the train has departed, so be sure to make your updates as soon as possible if your travel plans change.

If your Amtrak Cardinal ticket is eligible for change or cancellation, you can do that by calling Amtrak’s customer service phone number at 1 (800) 872-7245. To cancel or change your booking online, simply go to and click on the “Modify Trip” tab in the upper right corner.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase when booking your tickets. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and coverage for lost or damaged baggage, trip protection can help you get your money back in case you need to cancel or change your trip. You can file a claim to have any Amtrak change or cancellation fees reimbursed if you cannot travel due to covered reasons such as illness, extreme weather, or required work shifts.

Amtrak Cardinal Train Guide & FAQs

Yes, Amtrak Cardinal offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Cardinal will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Amtrak Cardinal WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak Cardinal trains. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Amtrak Cardinal might sometimes use replacement train vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

On a typical day, Amtrak Cardinal has 63 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

No, Amtrak Cardinal does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Yes, Amtrak Cardinal requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Cardinal trains. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Amtrak Cardinal provides snacks to satisfy your hunger during your travels. Be sure to pack a credit card and some cash in case you get hungry.

Amtrak Cardinal does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.

Amtrak Cardinal goes the extra distance to deliver premium features to its customers.

Do you find yourself squished in a regular seat or just love having extra room to sprawl out? Well you’re in luck as Amtrak Cardinal offers extra legroom seating. Since there is no standard of what extra legroom is, the extra space you get may vary between train lines, but getting extra is always good.

Cheap Amtrak Cardinal tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 63 Amtrak Cardinal trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Cardinal tickets start at just $8.28. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Amtrak Cardinal tickets?

Wanderu is the best place to score cheap Amtrak Cardinal tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare Amtrak Cardinal prices with trips offered by other train companies to be sure you’re getting the best deal on your tickets!

Pro travelers know that booking your ticket well in advance is key to finding the lowest price. Ticket prices normally go up the closer you get to the travel date, so don’t miss out on a good deal when you see one. If you can be flexible with your travel date, you can also get cheap tickets by traveling on weekdays instead of weekends.

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