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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 176 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 bus coverage

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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 657 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 480 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 911 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 1006 reviews
“The bus got there on time.”
based on 994 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 942 reviews
“The bus was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 972 reviews

Amtrak Thruway reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Thruway

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Amtrak Thruway passenger reviews



21 September 2023- Visiting friends

Madison to Chicago

Pros: All of the passengers were very respectful, and I was able to get all my work done for my job. I enjoyed how music was played at the end of the trip because it signaled that we were almost there. Cons: The travel time was very long and I had wished we didn’t pick up other passengers on the way there. Tips: Be as respectful as possible toward one another.



17 September 2023- Couples trip

Vancouver to Seattle

Driver was informative & quick.



2 September 2023- Vacation

Vancouver to Seattle

Pros: Can the driver was excellent. Kept us informed, helpful and allowed us on an earlier trip. Great service! Cons: People not late. Tips: Stick to what driver says.



2 September 2023- Visiting friends

Salida to Denver

Pros: Nice driver, arrived on time. Very crowded bus but still comfy. Cons: Repair the toilet.



29 August 2023- Vacation

Vancouver to Seattle

Pros: The bus drive was very nice and was a good driver. We got to our location safely. Cons: I know that this is not in your control, but customs could be stream lined much better so that so much time is not lost. Tips: Nothing to offer.

Amtrak Thruway Routes & Network

Amtrak Thruway’s bus network features 1158 bus routes that connect 176 cities serving 212 stations. On average, Amtrak Thruway performs about 897 bus trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Thruway offers the highest number of daily bus service include Chicago and Madison.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Thruway

CityRouteEarliest busLatest bus
Seattle2212:30 pm12:30 am
Portland203:00 pm12:35 am
Chicago217:30 am12:20 am
Philadelphia19:15 am11:40 am
Madison238:30 am2:15 am
Eugene182:00 pm6:40 am
Vancouver282:45 pm4:00 am
Denver212:05 pm8:35 pm
Allentown119:15 am9:45 pm

Most popular Amtrak Thruway routes

The bus from Chicago to Madison is Amtrak Thruway’s most popular route. Trips from Eugene to Portland and Philadelphia to Allentown are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Thruway routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Chicago to Madison224h 18m€37
Eugene to Portland102h 59m€24
Philadelphia to Allentown11h 10m€23
Leavenworth to Seattle13h 15m€38
Salem to Portland51h 21m€14
Seattle to Richmond53h 50m€47
Vancouver to Seattle55h 0m€47
Madison to Milwaukee51h 37m€19
Salida to Denver13h 5m€27

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 Bus Guide & FAQs

No, unfortunately Amtrak Thruway does not offer WiFi aboard its buses 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 bus ride.

Amtrak Thruway does not offer power outlets on their buses 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 897 scheduled bus 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 bus. 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.

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

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Thruway buses. 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 buses do not allow you to bring your own alcoholic drinks.

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

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 897 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 €3.31. 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 bus 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.

When you’re ready to book, type your departure city and destination city in the search bar above, select your travel date, and let Wanderu work its magic to show you all of the best bus and train ticket prices available for your trip. Pick the ticket that’s best for your budget, schedule, and preferences, and complete the booking right on Wanderu to secure your great deal.

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