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About Amtrak

Founded in 1971, Amtrak is by far the most popular train company in the United States. Connecting 701 cities by rail with over 16,000 routes, Amtrak trains make an average of 10,528 trips per day and 147,386 trips per month. Given its expansive coverage, Amtrak's prices vary greatly; tickets start from as low as US$3.00 for local train trips to as high as US$835.00 for certain cross-country treks.

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Amtrak train Coverage

Daily Trips10,528
stations778
cities701
countries2

Amtrak train amenities

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

Reviews from Wanderu Customers traveling with Amtrak

Overall review score for Amtrak
4.4
Based on 953 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.2
Timeliness
4.3
Staff
4.3
Value
3.7
Condition
4.4
Reviews from Wanderu Customers traveling with Amtrak
Juliette
5.0
27 April 2020Solo travel
Pros
Everybody told me that trains weren't big in America and it was all run down... Well I had a better impression! I have never met train staff anywhere that was so helpful! I had lots of bags and suitcases as I was moving in the middle of this crisis and I basically didn'...More
Cons
The only thing I'd say is to have WIFI on all trains. I had to take two trains, on the first I had great WIFI network but on the second there was none. I knew there could be some trains that don't have WIFI so it was okay but the ultimate goal could be to have it on all...More
Tips
If you have any problems carrying your luggage there is always someone to help you. The best thing is to book your ticket online in advance as prices will be much cheaper. Check your train if you will internet connection provided, if not, bring a book!:)
Chilyn
5.0
19 May 2020
Pros
Thank you for business
Sophia
5.0
19 May 2020Solo travel
Pros
No delays, very quiet, helpful staff.
Cons
Everything went well nothing to imrprove.
Tips
Be prepared to have your own snacks due to covid no snacks was available, just emergency snacks.
Ruby
5.0
15 May 2020Visiting family
Pros
COMFORTABLE and on time
Cons
Nothing
Tips
Travel AMTRAC
julius
5.0
9 May 2020Visiting family
Pros
Comfortable
Cons
Nothing
Tips
U will have a good ride

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does Amtrak offer train services?

As the most popular train service in the United States, Amtrak has trains running across every major region in the United States, including trains connecting American cities and Canadian cities. In fact, you could get from coast to coast, or even around the entire U.S. by Amtrak train. Amtrak has an especially strong presence on both the West Coast and the East Coast, with trains from LA to Seattle and Miami to New York. It also connects the Midwest to both coasts, with train stations in major cities like Chicago.

What is Amtrak's luggage policy?

Amtrak's luggage policy is fairly generous. Each passenger can bring 2 personal carry-on items, 2 carry-on bags, and 2 checked bags for free. Passengers may also check up to another 2 bags, for a fee of $20 each.

Personal carry-on items are small items such as purses, backpacks, or briefcases. Carry-on bags must weigh under 50 pounds and must be no larger than 25 x 22 x 14 inches.

Each checked bag must be under 50 pounds and no larger than 75 linear inches when adding its length, width, and height dimensions. You can check up to 2 additional bags for a fee of $20 per bag. Oversized luggage (76-100 linear inches) is also accepted for a fee of $20 per bag. In total, 4 checked bags is the maximum per passenger.

Here are some additional requirements to keep in mind:

  • Your luggage should be checked at least 45 minutes before the train departs
  • ID tags are required for all luggage
  • All luggage must be in containers that are suitable for transport (storage tubs and plastic bags are not allowed)

Do Amtrak trains have WiFi?

Yes, Amtrak offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak 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 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.

Are there power points or USB points on the train?

Yes, there are power points onboard Amtrak 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 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's schedule?

Because Amtrak operates in so many different regions, the schedule varies widely depending on the route. Amtrak is actually divided into over 40 regional services, each with its own timetables. These regional services include the following popular routes:

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

No, Amtrak 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 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 trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak 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?

Many Amtrak trains have diner cars with meal service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Prices and selections vary between different routes; menus are updated regularly. Additionally, most trains will have various snacks and beverages available for purchase. Most passenger cars also have free water from a water dispenser.

Do you have to print your Amtrak ticket?

Amtrak 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 offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Amtrak 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 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 ticket deals users recently found on Wanderu.

With 10,528 Amtrak trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak tickets start at just US$3.00. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

Slidell to Houston
Travel DateTue 2 Jun
PriceUS$55.00
Windsor Locks to Hartford
Travel DateSat 30 May
PriceUS$3.25
New York to Seattle
Travel DateThu 28 May
PriceUS$197.00
Birmingham to Houston
Travel DateFri 29 May
PriceUS$71.00
Hattiesburg to Los Angeles
Travel DateSun 31 May
PriceUS$168.00