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About Amtrak Southwest Chief

The Southwest Chief is a long-distance passenger rail service operated by Amtrak, the biggest train service in the United States. It runs between Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA connecting 32 cities across Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The Southwest Chief operates daily in either direction, transporting over 1,000 passengers every day. A full end-to-end journey covers about 2,265 miles and takes approximately 43 hours and 15 minutes to complete.

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief service is largely considered to be one of the most scenic train routes. Trains on this line pass through several natural phenomena, including the Painted Desert, the Red Cliffs of Sedona, and the Grand Canyon, offering stunning views of America’s unique landscape.

Contact Amtrak Southwest Chief

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

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Amtrak Southwest Chief train coverage

Daily Trips111
stations32
cities32
countries1

Amtrak Southwest Chief train amenities

Amtrak Southwest Chief
Air conditioningAir conditioning
RestroomRestroom
Extra legroomExtra legroom
Loyalty rewardsLoyalty rewards
Power outletPower outlet
SnacksSnacks

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Southwest Chief

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

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 16 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 25 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 68 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 91 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 60 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 80 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 77 reviews

Amtrak Southwest Chief Routes & Network

Amtrak Southwest Chief’s train network features 406 train routes that connect 32 cities serving 32 stations. On average, Amtrak Southwest Chief performs about 111 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Southwest Chief offers the highest number of daily train service include Flagstaff and Los Angeles.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Southwest Chief

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Chicago127:18 am5:47 am
Kansas City68:13 am5:47 am
Albuquerque87:18 am4:49 am
Los Angeles136:29 am4:49 am
Flagstaff77:18 am5:49 am
Fullerton147:28 am6:28 am
Gallup17:45 am2:39 am
Riverside137:31 am6:28 am
Galesburg117:19 am4:47 am

Top States Served by Amtrak Southwest Chief

StateCities ServedDaily TripsTop city
Iowa12Fort Madison
Colorado38Trinidad
Kansas657Lawrence
Arizona354Flagstaff
New Mexico555Albuquerque
Missouri235Kansas City
California7427Los Angeles
Illinois5783Chicago

Amtrak Southwest Chief reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Southwest Chief

(Based on 121 reviews)

4.1
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.3

Timeliness

3.7

Staff

4.0

Value

3.9

Condition

4.1

Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger reviews

5.0

Lois

October 22, 2021- Visiting friends

Princeton to Chicago

Parking was very easy, ride was very comfortable and so easy. And the price was right.

Parking was very easy, ride was very comfortable and so easy. And the price was right.

5.0

Dorothy

October 2, 2021- Solo travel

Fullerton to Albuquerque

Pros: It was a last minute emergency, I need to get to Alburquerque as my mom was taken to a hospital in the middle of their cross-country trip. Always thought the train was more or as expensive than a plane but I got such an amazing deal and I was able to travel overn...

Pros: It was a last minute emergency, I need to get to Alburquerque as my mom was taken to a hospital in the middle of their cross-country trip. Always thought the train was more or as expensive than a plane but I got such an amazing deal and I was able to travel overnight and be with my parents the next morning. Faster and less expensive than a flight and SOOOOO much easier. We decided 2 hours before the train departed that I would be going and I was able to get to my house, pack a bag and get to the train station and get to my track with 40 minutes to spare. You could NEVER do that with flying. The conductors/attendants ALL seemed to like their jobs, they were helpful and friendly and I listened to a few of their interactions and they were so attentive to each unique question/request being thrown at them. Cons: The restrooms on my train could use some attention. They got the job done but I didn’t fee they were super clean and just seemed old. Tips: Bring blankets and pillows. Bring snacks and food though the food car on my train was such a highlight. Don’t forget your plug in addition to your usb cord—they didn’t have usb outlets only regular plug outlets. Didn’t check to see if they had WiFi on board? And there was plenty of room for luggage—overhead next to your seat or large luggage bins upon entry to the train. I was super impressed with train travel and can’t wait to plan a trip with my family as I know my kids will LOVE the adventure!!

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5.0

Kathy

September 27, 2021- Visiting friends

Gallup to Albuquerque

Pros: Peaceful, roomy. Comfortable. Affordable way to get around. Cons: Gallup New Mexico station didn’t have the gate open until after the train had pulled up. I was dropped off by a friend on her way to work and had to sit outside. That was totally an unprofessiona...

Pros: Peaceful, roomy. Comfortable. Affordable way to get around. Cons: Gallup New Mexico station didn’t have the gate open until after the train had pulled up. I was dropped off by a friend on her way to work and had to sit outside. That was totally an unprofessional station! Tips: To use the train. It’s a great way to get around the country.

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5.0

Susie

August 5, 2021- Solo travel

Gallup to Albuquerque

Pros: It was quiet and spacious. Cons: Can’t think of any thing. Tips: Go to the front of the 2nd floor and watch the view.

Pros: It was quiet and spacious. Cons: Can’t think of any thing. Tips: Go to the front of the 2nd floor and watch the view.

3.0

Donald

July 30, 2021- Visiting friends

Albuquerque to Gallup

Pros: Nothing. Cons: The lounge car rocked violently back and forth, up and down in certain section of the tracks. Very scary. Not a smooth ride. Tips: Pack light.

Pros: Nothing. Cons: The lounge car rocked violently back and forth, up and down in certain section of the tracks. Very scary. Not a smooth ride. Tips: Pack light.

Most popular Amtrak Southwest Chief routes

The train from Flagstaff to Los Angeles is Amtrak Southwest Chief’s most popular route. Trips from Princeton to Chicago and Los Angeles to Riverside are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Southwest Chief routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Flagstaff to Los Angeles111h 24m$76
Princeton to Chicago12h 12m$15
Los Angeles to Riverside21h 16m$14
Galesburg to Chicago13h 2m$24
Kansas City to Chicago17h 22m$71
Chicago to Lawrence18h 57m$76
Flagstaff to Fullerton110h 16m$76
Los Angeles to Albuquerque216h 25m$86
Albuquerque to Gallup12h 27m$21

Amtrak Southwest Chief Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Southwest Chief 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 Southwest Chief 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 www.amtrak.com 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 Southwest Chief Train Guide & FAQs

Do Amtrak Southwest Chief trains have WiFi?

No, unfortunately Amtrak Southwest Chief does not offer WiFi aboard its trains at this time. However, we find that a good book makes the time fly by and streaming services like Netflix allow you download TV shows and movies that you can then watch during your trip. Plan ahead and you will stay entertained during the entire train ride.

Are there power outlets or USB plugs on the train?

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak Southwest Chief 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 Southwest Chief 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.

What is Amtrak Southwest Chief's schedule?

On a typical day, Amtrak Southwest Chief has 111 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.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

No, Amtrak Southwest Chief 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.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

Yes, Amtrak Southwest Chief 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.

What are Amtrak Southwest Chief’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about Amtrak Southwest Chief’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there bathrooms on Amtrak Southwest Chief trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Southwest Chief 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.

Are meals or beverages available?

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

Do you have to print your Amtrak Southwest Chief ticket?

Amtrak Southwest Chief 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.

Does Amtrak Southwest Chief offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Amtrak Southwest Chief 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 Southwest Chief 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.

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