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About Amtrak Thruway

Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. The service is also sometimes used to transfer passengers from one train line to another, or as a temporary replacement during track maintenance and train service disruptions.

Unlike all other Amtrak services, Thruway is not concentrated within a specific route or region. It is available wherever necessary across all of the contiguous United States, as well as certain parts of Canada, connecting a total of 162 locations. While most trips are served by modern coaches, some Amtrak Thruway trips may be conducted by a ferry or a van, depending on the route or number of passengers.

On Amtrak Thruway buses, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities. While buses don’t have some of the high-end amenities available on Amtrak trains, most of the trips are relatively short and prices are very reasonable, starting at just .

Amtrak is an official Wanderu partner, which means that you can find the best deals on Amtrak Thruway bus tickets here and book your trips without any additional fees.

Contact Amtrak Thruway

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

Online support: Amtrak Thruway website

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Amtrak Thruway Amenities

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Amtrak Thruway coach coverage

Daily Trips620

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Thruway

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

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 711 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 519 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 973 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 1073 reviews
“The coach got there on time.”
based on 1063 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 1003 reviews
“The coach was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 1037 reviews

Amtrak Thruway reviews from Wanderu customers

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Amtrak Thruway passenger reviews



22 February 2024- Solo travel

Portland to Cannon Beach

Pros: Excellent drivers. Let us know about the driver switch process ahead of time so no confusion. Cons: All good. Tips: Make sure to pack for weather as it changes quickly around Portland and Cannon Beach. Also I traveled in February and spent the whole day there. Amazing but I had to wait for 6:30 bus and it did get chilly out. Most places there were closed unless you were having dinner. So just be prepared.



17 February 2024- Visiting family

Vancouver to Seattle

Pros: The bus was on time and very clean, and the driver John was super friendly and helpful. The announcement he made for getting through the U.S. border was very clearly. Cons: It would be great if the legroom can be more spacious and if there are outlets for charging the personal device. Tips: Plan the trip and book the tickets as early as possible so you can get better deal.



18 January 2024- Business

Madison to Chicago

Pros: The driver was nice and courteous. We did not encounter any problems along the way. Cons: N/A.



28 December 2023- Visiting family

Madison to Chicago

Pros: Nice. Cons: I used bus for travel.i don't have any problems. Tips: It's safety and clean.



22 December 2023- Visiting family

Madison to Chicago

Pros: Convenient. Cons: Bus overbooked standing room only for part of the trip and was an hour late getting to destination. Tips: Arrive early, seats are limited and you may be standing.

Amtrak Thruway Routes & Network

Amtrak Thruway’s coach network features 979 coach routes that connect 162 cities serving 199 stations. On average, Amtrak Thruway performs about 620 coach trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Thruway offers the highest number of daily coach service include Chicago and Madison.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Thruway

CityRouteEarliest coachLatest coach
Seattle1512:30 pm12:30 am
Portland1312:00 pm4:20 am
Chicago137:30 am12:20 am
Madison188:10 am2:15 am
Philadelphia29:15 am11:40 am
Eugene52:00 pm2:05 am
Vancouver134:45 pm4:00 am
Denver212:05 pm9:35 pm
Allentown310:15 am9:45 pm

Most popular Amtrak Thruway routes

The coach from Chicago to Madison is Amtrak Thruway’s most popular route. Trips from Vancouver to Seattle and Eugene to Portland are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Thruway routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Chicago to Madison214h 1m£31
Vancouver to Seattle54h 59m£40
Eugene to Portland123h 47m£20
Philadelphia to Allentown11h 10m£19
Leavenworth to Seattle13h 15m£32
Madison to Milwaukee41h 38m£16
Seattle to Richmond53h 59m£40
Salida to Denver13h 5m£23
Salem to Portland51h 23m£12

Amtrak Thruway Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak 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.

Sometimes, Amtrak Thruway trips may be operated by a different bus carrier, such as Greyhound. In those cases, Amtrak Thruway tickets still follow Amtrak’s cancellation policy.

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

If your Amtrak Thruway 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 Thruway Coach Guide & FAQs

No, unfortunately Amtrak Thruway does not offer WiFi aboard its coaches 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 coach ride.

Amtrak Thruway does not offer power outlets on their coaches at this time. We suggest you charge up your laptop ahead of time and bring a power bank for your phone to extend its battery life for the duration of the trip. And remember - a good book doesn’t require any power.

On a typical day, Amtrak Thruway has 620 scheduled coach 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 Thruway 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 Thruway requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the coach. 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 Thruway coaches. 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 Thruway does not offer meals or beverages onboard. We recommend you bring a drink and some snacks for your trip. We also suggest packing a reusable water bottle with you to reduce your impact on the environment. However, note that most coaches do not allow you to bring your own alcoholic drinks.

Yes, Amtrak Thruway requires that all passengers have printed tickets to board the coach. When you book with Wanderu and activate your account, you will be able to easily find and download your tickets for most coaches.

Amtrak Thruway focuses on delivering a great travel experience at a low price and currently does not offer premium features like extra legroom or onboard entertainment. But these days, between your laptop, tablet, smartphone and e-reader, you’re the master of your own entertainment even on longer journeys.

Cheap Amtrak Thruway tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 620 Amtrak Thruway trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Thruway tickets start at just £2.78. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

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

Wanderu is the best place to score cheap Amtrak Thruway tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare Amtrak Thruway prices with trips offered by other coach 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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