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About Amtrak Coast Starlight

Amtrak Coast Starlight is a train service that operates 353 daily trips between Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on the US Pacific coast. With the full-length journey lasting 35 hours, it's also an adventure, passing through some of the finest scenic landscapes in the US. These include the Cascade Mountains, perfectly clipped vineyards, and dense coastal forest.

Passengers can spend the journey in comfortable seats with spacious leg room or opt for one of the Superliner sleeping compartments for extra space. Spend some time in the dedicated restaurant car for delicious meals or the observation car to enjoy the views.

Amtrak Coast Starlight has been a regular sighting on this route since 1971 when its inaugural journey between Seattle and San Diego marked the formation of Amtrak to operate US passenger rail services. Today it carries an average of 425,000 passengers each year, formed from a combination of leisure and business travelers.

The service stops at 28 different cities, allowing passengers to get a glimpse of the US west coast while enjoying air-conditioned cars, power outlets, complimentary onboard WiFi, and snacks.

Amtrak has been an official Wanderu partner since 2015, providing travelers with the best-value tickets for Coast Starlight services. Travelers can also find schedules and deals on Wanderu, making it the only ground transportation booking site you'll ever need.

Contact Amtrak Coast Starlight

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

Online support: Amtrak Coast Starlight website

Amtrak Coast Starlight Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
Extra legroomExtra legroom
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Power outletPower outlet


Amtrak Coast Starlight train coverage

Daily Trips353

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 174 reviews

Onboard Experience

"The wifi was a bit spotty."
based on 115 reviews
"Every single employee was helpful, polite, and cared."
based on 271 reviews
"The cost of the train travel was reasonable."
based on 307 reviews
"Train departed on time and arrived at our destination early."
based on 246 reviews
"The seats were wide and comfy and good for sleeping."
based on 307 reviews
"The seats were clean and comfortable."
based on 298 reviews

Amtrak Coast Starlight reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Coast Starlight

(Based on 367 reviews)

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Amtrak Coast Starlight passenger reviews



October 12, 2023- Solo travel

Portland to Seattle

Pros: good. Cons: good. Tips: good.



September 4, 2023- Vacation

Santa Barbara to Los Angeles

Pros: Swift option of travel. Cons: N/A. Tips: No!



August 13, 2023

Portland to Seattle

Pros: It was quick. Cons: Never seat people on a car where air conditioner is broken when it is 100 degrees out traveling to Seattle. We now have one person in our group with covid. Tips: Make sure car tour on everything is working.



May 29, 2023- Solo travel

Seattle to Portland

Pros: It was great to be able to sit in the observation car on the train. Cons: I was a bit confused by the word ‘coach’ on my booking, so I had thought it was a bus and not a train that I was getting. Happy to find out it was in fact a train. Tips: Wanderu seems pretty easy to use and the price of the train from Seattle to Portland was better than I had expected.



April 23, 2023- Visiting friends

Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

Pros: It was a beautiful train ride and much more pleasant that driving would have been. It was easy to get to and the station location of the in Santa Barbara allows easy walking to both the beach and State street. Cons: As with everywhere these days, there were minimal Covid measures. Being assigned a seat directly next to someone else while there were still plenty of open seats was mildly annoying. Tips: Say hello to your train conductor! They are very friendly.

Amtrak Coast Starlight Routes & Network

Amtrak Coast Starlight’s train network features 637 train routes that connect 28 cities serving 29 stations. On average, Amtrak Coast Starlight performs about 353 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Coast Starlight offers the highest number of daily train service include Seattle and Portland.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Coast Starlight

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Portland109:37 am7:49 am
Los Angeles108:45 am6:08 am
Seattle109:37 am7:49 am
Santa Barbara98:45 am4:13 am
San Jose98:45 am6:08 am
Eugene79:37 am7:49 am
San Luis Obispo912:12 pm1:15 am
Sacramento78:45 am7:11 am
Emeryville88:45 am6:08 am

Most popular Amtrak Coast Starlight routes

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

Top Amtrak Coast Starlight routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Seattle to Portland14h 0m$22
Los Angeles to Santa Barbara22h 9m$16
Portland to Eugene12h 46m$13
San Luis Obispo to San Jose14h 41m$22
San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles25h 17m$26
Seattle to Vancouver13h 17m$22
Emeryville to Los Angeles212h 14m$45
Portland to Tacoma12h 42m$17
Chico to Sacramento12h 16m$11

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 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

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.

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.

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.

On a typical day, Amtrak Coast Starlight has 353 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cheap Amtrak Coast Starlight tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 353 Amtrak Coast Starlight trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Coast Starlight tickets start at just $2.00. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Amtrak Coast Starlight tickets?

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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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