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About Amtrak Crescent

The Crescent is an Amtrak passenger train service that runs from New York to New Orleans by way of Atlanta. The name of the line is inspired by the fact that the full journey from the Big Apple to the Big Easy takes approximately 30 hours, which means passengers have to spend the night aboard the train.

Stretching 1,377 miles, the Crescent is one of the longest train routes in America. It also passes through more states than any other Amtrak train: 12 states to be exact, plus the District of Columbia. Other major cities among the Crescent's 36 stops include Baltimore, MD, Charlotte, NC, Philadelphia, PA and Birmingham, AL. Crescent trains operate under numbers 19 and 20 and offer coach, business, and sleeper classes.

Carrying more than 250,000 passengers per year, the Amtrak Crescent is primarily used for long-distance train travel between the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States. For shorter trips between the northern stops, travelers are encouraged to use regional trains such as the Amtrak Northeast Regional instead. Depending on whether you’re going on the full train journey from NYC to NOLA or hopping on for an intermediate route, the price of the train ticket for the Crescent will range from $5.50 to $334.00.

As an overnight train, the Crescent offers a variety of amenities and accommodation options. In addition to regular coach class seats, Crescent trains come equipped with roomette and bedroom cars. There’s also a café car where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages. Like all Amtrak trains, the Crescent offers free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom.

An official Amtrak partner since 2015, Wanderu allows you to search and find all Crescent train schedules, and book a cheap train ticket that fits your needs. The best part – there are no extra fees for booking your train trip on Wanderu.

Contact Amtrak Crescent

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

Amtrak Crescent Amenities

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

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Amtrak Crescent train coverage

Daily Trips342
stations37
cities36
countries1

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Crescent

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

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 44 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 99 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 109 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 115 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 73 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 112 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 111 reviews

Amtrak Crescent reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Crescent

(Based on 147 reviews)

4.2
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.3

Timeliness

3.4

Staff

4.4

Value

3.8

Condition

4.3

Amtrak Crescent passenger reviews

5.0

Kathy

November 22, 2021- Visiting family

New Orleans to Atlanta

Pros: It was my first train ride but will not be my last because of the friendly service I received. Tips: Take a train ride if you haven’t already.

Pros: It was my first train ride but will not be my last because of the friendly service I received. Tips: Take a train ride if you haven’t already.

5.0

Kristopher

November 18, 2021- Visiting friends

Atlanta to Tuscaloosa

Pros: The trip was relaxing and the views were nice. Cons: The train could stand to be a bit cleaner, and we arrived late. Tips: I’d recommend this method of travel only if time is not a concern because it is not particularly fast.

Pros: The trip was relaxing and the views were nice. Cons: The train could stand to be a bit cleaner, and we arrived late. Tips: I’d recommend this method of travel only if time is not a concern because it is not particularly fast.

5.0

Lillie A

November 12, 2021- Visiting family

Washington to Danville

Pros: I’ve been getting there like 10 minutes ahead of time 👍. Cons: To me , not a thing at this time 😊. Tips: Stay safe, riding the train is cheaper than driving!

Pros: I’ve been getting there like 10 minutes ahead of time 👍. Cons: To me , not a thing at this time 😊. Tips: Stay safe, riding the train is cheaper than driving!

4.0

Megan

November 1, 2021- Vacation

New Orleans to Birmingham

The price to ride all the way to New Orleans and back is fantastic. First time on a train and I highly recommend this trip

The price to ride all the way to New Orleans and back is fantastic. First time on a train and I highly recommend this trip

5.0

Lillie A

October 29, 2021- Visiting family

Washington to Danville

Pros: ENJOYABLE. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ride!

Pros: ENJOYABLE. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ride!

Amtrak Crescent Routes & Network

Amtrak Crescent’s train network features 863 train routes that connect 36 cities serving 37 stations. On average, Amtrak Crescent performs about 342 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Crescent offers the highest number of daily train service include Washington and Greensboro.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Crescent

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
New Orleans45:32 am4:24 am
Washington265:24 am4:29 am
Atlanta55:32 am4:24 am
Birmingham35:32 am4:24 am
Charlottesville65:24 am4:29 am
New York245:24 am4:29 am
Charlotte65:24 am4:29 am
Greensboro65:24 am4:29 am
Philadelphia205:24 am4:29 am

Top States Served by Amtrak Crescent

StateCities ServedDaily TripsTop city
South Carolina345Greenville
Alabama345Birmingham
Louisiana240New Orleans
North Carolina5203Charlotte
Virginia6185Charlottesville
Georgia388Atlanta
Pennsylvania1547Philadelphia
District of Columbia1759Washington
New York11241New York

Most popular Amtrak Crescent routes

The train from Washington to Greensboro is Amtrak Crescent’s most popular route. Trips from Washington to Atlanta and New Orleans to Tuscaloosa are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Crescent routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Washington to Greensboro15h 55m$58
Washington to Atlanta114h 13m$106
New Orleans to Tuscaloosa15h 56m$24
Birmingham to New Orleans17h 59m$25
Philadelphia to Washington12h 8m$18
New York to Atlanta118h 28m$131
New York to Washington13h 48m$29
Charlottesville to New York17h 4m$45
Washington to Charlottesville12h 17m$21

Amtrak Crescent Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Crescent 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 Crescent 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 Crescent Train Guide & FAQs

Do Amtrak Crescent trains have WiFi?

Yes, Amtrak Crescent offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Crescent 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 Crescent 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 outlets or USB plugs on the train?

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak Crescent 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 Crescent 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 Crescent's schedule?

On a typical day, Amtrak Crescent has 342 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 Crescent 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 Crescent 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 Crescent’s COVID-19 policies?

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

Are there bathrooms on Amtrak Crescent trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Crescent 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 Crescent 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 Crescent ticket?

Amtrak Crescent 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 Crescent offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Amtrak Crescent 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 Crescent 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 Crescent tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 342 Amtrak Crescent trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Crescent tickets start at just $5.50. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

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