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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 31 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.


Amtrak Southwest Chief train coverage

Daily Trips36

Amtrak Southwest Chief train amenities

Amtrak Southwest Chief
Air conditioningAir conditioning
Extra legroomExtra legroom
Loyalty rewardsLoyalty rewards
Power pointPower point

Amtrak Southwest Chief reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Southwest Chief
Based on 100 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Amtrak Southwest Chief reviews from Wanderu customers
2 August 2020Business
The seats were comfortable and had leg room.The seats were comfortable and had leg room.
Have electrical working in all cars. Maybe also provide what you can and can't travel with.Have electrical working in all cars. Maybe also provide what you can and can't travel with.
20 June 2020Visiting family
Got there on timeGot there on time
Need to improve customer service was not good didn’t announce that thingsNeed to improve customer service was not good didn’t announce that things
1 March 2020Solo travel
Convenient Convenient
15 February 2020Couples trip
It was fun to experience train travel (especially being in the West). It was also great to see the countryside from a different perspective than the freeway. It was fun to experience train travel (especially being in the West). It was also great to see the countryside from a different perspective than the freeway.
1 February 2020Couples trip
Staff was friendly Staff was friendly
Seats were dirty and there was a bad smell Seats were dirty and there was a bad smell
Bring your own snacksBring your own snacks

Frequently Asked Questions

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 points or USB points on the train?

Yes, there are power points 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 neighbour might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power points, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a power point USB converter 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 36 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.

Are there toilets 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 drinks offered during the trip?

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.

Cheap Amtrak Southwest Chief tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 36 Amtrak Southwest Chief trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Southwest Chief tickets start at just £6.28. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

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