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About Amtrak Coast Starlight

The Amtrak Coast Starlight is a train line operated by Amtrak. It spans almost the entire length of the West Coast, connecting Los Angeles, California to Seattle, Washington. The Coast Starlight stops at multiple major metros along the way, including Portland, Sacramento, and the San Francisco Bay Area. In total, there are 30 cities along the route. With ticket prices ranging from $8.50 to $301.00, the Coast Starlight is a great budget-friendly way to make a quick local trip or travel up and down the coast.

Contact Amtrak Coast Starlight

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

Amtrak Coast Starlight Amenities

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

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Amtrak Coast Starlight train coverage

Daily Trips417
stations30
cities30
countries1

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Coast Starlight

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

Traveling During COVID-19

"Conductor reminded everyone to wear their masks."
based on 47 reviews

Onboard Experience

"The wifi was a bit spotty."
based on 61 reviews
"Every single employee was helpful, polite, and cared."
based on 126 reviews
"The cost of the train travel was reasonable."
based on 143 reviews
"Train departed on time and arrived at our destination early."
based on 117 reviews
"The seats were wide and comfy and good for sleeping."
based on 149 reviews
"The seats were clean and comfortable."
based on 150 reviews

Amtrak Coast Starlight reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Coast Starlight

(Based on 178 reviews)

4.3
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.4

Timeliness

4.0

Staff

4.3

Value

3.9

Condition

4.4

Amtrak Coast Starlight passenger reviews

5.0

Hendrika

November 6, 2021- Solo travel

Emeryville to Seattle

Pros: Was pleasantly surprised about the space allotted. I started my ride at 10pm so almost bedtime.I normally fly and never can sleep because of lack of space. On the train I slept 4.5 hrs. The coffee could be improved but other than that it was a very positive expe...

Pros: Was pleasantly surprised about the space allotted. I started my ride at 10pm so almost bedtime.I normally fly and never can sleep because of lack of space. On the train I slept 4.5 hrs. The coffee could be improved but other than that it was a very positive experience and will ride again. I can highly recommend Amtrak to anyone who is doubting. Just do it and you'll be pleasantly surprised. Cons: Wifi. There was none which most customers complained about, including me. Tips: If you're on the fence, just do it and be pleasantly surprised.

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5.0

Stephen

October 18, 2021- Visiting family

Santa Barbara to Los Angeles

Pros: Good value and convenient. Cons: It's fine the way it is.

Pros: Good value and convenient. Cons: It's fine the way it is.

5.0

Danielle

October 8, 2021- Vacation

Santa Barbara to Los Angeles

The relaxing feeling and the beautiful scenery

The relaxing feeling and the beautiful scenery

5.0

Joni

September 29, 2021- Vacation

Seattle to Portland

Pros: being able to relax. Cons: intercom system did not work well, could not hear the announcements.

Pros: being able to relax. Cons: intercom system did not work well, could not hear the announcements.

4.0

Amie

July 25, 2021- Vacation

San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles

Pros: Beautiful scenery, relaxing. Cons: The hour delay somewhat messed up our plans for catching our next bus and hotel check in but these things happen!

Pros: Beautiful scenery, relaxing. Cons: The hour delay somewhat messed up our plans for catching our next bus and hotel check in but these things happen!

Amtrak Coast Starlight Routes & Network

Amtrak Coast Starlight’s train network features 751 train routes that connect 30 cities serving 30 stations. On average, Amtrak Coast Starlight performs about 417 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Coast Starlight offers the highest number of daily train service include Portland and Eugene.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Coast Starlight

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Portland109:37 am7:49 am
Seattle89:37 am7:49 am
Los Angeles98:45 am6:08 am
Santa Barbara1010:31 am6:08 am
San Jose98:45 am6:08 am
San Luis Obispo910:31 am6:08 am
Sacramento88:45 am7:11 am
Eugene79:37 am7:49 am
Emeryville88:45 am6:08 am

Top States Served by Amtrak Coast Starlight

StateCities ServedDaily TripsTop city
Oregon6233Portland
Washington7221Seattle
California17863Los Angeles

Most popular Amtrak Coast Starlight routes

The train from Portland to Eugene is Amtrak Coast Starlight’s most popular route. Trips from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles and Los Angeles to Santa Barbara are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Coast Starlight routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Portland to Eugene12h 46m$22
San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles25h 17m$32
Los Angeles to Santa Barbara22h 12m$20
Santa Barbara to San Jose17h 25m$45
Emeryville to Los Angeles212h 14m$54
Seattle to Portland24h 7m$28
Portland to Tacoma22h 45m$22
Seattle to Vancouver23h 23m$28
San Luis Obispo to San Jose14h 41m$28

Amtrak Coast Starlight Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Coast Starlight 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 Coast Starlight 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 Coast Starlight Train Guide & FAQs

Should you take the Coast Starlight or Cascades train?

The Coast Starlight and Cascades are both passenger train lines operated by Amtrak. The main difference is that the former stretches almost the whole West Coast while the latter is limited to the Pacific Northwest. The Amtrak Coast Starlight route extends all the way from Seattle to Los Angeles, while the Amtrak Cascades train has a shorter route from Vancouver, BC to Eugene, Oregon.

The Coast Starlight has some more features that you would expect from a long distance train, such as sleeper cars. However, Amtrak Cascades tends to have more flexible schedules for certain shorter routes like Portland to Seattle. We generally recommend taking the Coast Starlight for longer trips and the Cascades for shorter trips. You can compare all their available times and prices by entering your destination and travel dates in Wanderu's search tool.

Do Amtrak Coast Starlight trains have WiFi?

No, unfortunately Amtrak Coast Starlight 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 Coast Starlight 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 Coast Starlight 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 Coast Starlight's schedule?

On a typical day, Amtrak Coast Starlight has 417 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 Coast Starlight 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 Coast Starlight 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 Coast Starlight’s COVID-19 policies?

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

Are there bathrooms on Amtrak Coast Starlight trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Coast Starlight 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 Coast Starlight 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 Coast Starlight ticket?

Amtrak Coast Starlight 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 Coast Starlight offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Amtrak Coast Starlight 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 Coast Starlight 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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