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About Amtrak Palmetto

The Amtrak Palmetto is a passenger train service that connects several exciting cities in the Northeast with historic and alluring destinations in the Deep South. A part of the largest passenger rail system in the United States, Amtrak, the Palmetto's full run travels 829 miles from New York City to Savannah, GA.

Named for the state tree of South Carolina, the Sabal palmetto, the Palmetto train first ran in 1976. The train line connects a total of 24 cities from the United States' Northeast to the Southeast, helping travelers experience Southern hospitality in cities like Fayetteville and Charleston. To travel on one of the Palmetto's 475 train routes, you can expect to pay between $5.00 and $383.00 for a one-way train ticket, depending on the length of your trip.

Traveling on the Palmetto includes the same high level of comfort offered by all Amtrak trains. Not only can you work (or play!) online thanks to the free onboard WiFi and power outlets at your seat, but you can also catch some Z's thanks to the comfortable seating with extra legroom. Snacks are also available to purchase at the Palmetto's café service.

Searching on Wanderu lets you compare bus and train tickets from hundreds of carriers so you can secure the best deal. And since Amtrak is an official Wanderu partner, you can book your train tickets for the Palmetto right here at no additional cost. Don't forget to enter your Amtrak Guest Rewards number at checkout to earn valuable points on your purchase.

Contact Amtrak Palmetto

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

Amtrak Palmetto Amenities

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


Amtrak Palmetto train coverage

Daily Trips258

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Palmetto

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

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 23 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 59 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 61 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 80 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 64 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 80 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 77 reviews

Amtrak Palmetto reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Palmetto

(Based on 99 reviews)

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Amtrak Palmetto passenger reviews



October 31, 2021- Visiting friends

Richmond to Alexandria

Pros: Business class seat. Cons: Communication at terminal re the reason for multiple delays of the train Friendliness of staff at station and on the train.

Pros: Business class seat. Cons: Communication at terminal re the reason for multiple delays of the train Friendliness of staff at station and on the train.



October 6, 2021- Vacation

Savannah to North Charleston

Pros: Cheap, convenient, all around great experience! Tips: Take the train instead of flying, it takes less time, is more convenient, and is cheaper!

Pros: Cheap, convenient, all around great experience! Tips: Take the train instead of flying, it takes less time, is more convenient, and is cheaper!



September 24, 2021- Business

Savannah to North Charleston

Pros: Everything. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Awesome trip.

Pros: Everything. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Awesome trip.



August 13, 2021- Couples trip

Savannah to North Charleston

Pros: Relaxing and easy. Tips: Upgrade to business class! Well worth it.

Pros: Relaxing and easy. Tips: Upgrade to business class! Well worth it.



August 8, 2021- Vacation

New York to Washington

Friendly service.

Friendly service.

Amtrak Palmetto Routes & Network

Amtrak Palmetto’s train network features 475 train routes that connect 24 cities serving 25 stations. On average, Amtrak Palmetto performs about 258 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Palmetto offers the highest number of daily train service include Baltimore and New York.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Palmetto

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Washington3111:02 am12:07 am
New York451:20 pm3:59 am
Philadelphia2511:02 am3:05 am
Baltimore1411:02 am1:57 am
North Charleston711:02 am11:20 pm
Richmond1011:02 am9:20 pm
Fayetteville711:02 am8:14 pm
Alexandria911:02 am10:14 pm
Savannah811:02 am1:08 am

Top States Served by Amtrak Palmetto

StateCities ServedDaily TripsTop city
South Carolina5113North Charleston
North Carolina4189Fayetteville
New Jersey5583New Brunswick
District of Columbia1893Washington
New York12366New York

Most popular Amtrak Palmetto routes

The train from Baltimore to New York is Amtrak Palmetto’s most popular route. Trips from Richmond to Alexandria and Washington to New York are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Palmetto routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Baltimore to New York22h 50m$26
Richmond to Alexandria11h 50m$19
Washington to New York13h 26m$29
Baltimore to Washington20h 35m$6
Washington to Philadelphia11h 54m$18
Philadelphia to New York11h 28m$18
Richmond to Washington12h 29m$22
Savannah to North Charleston11h 33m$23
Washington to Newark13h 6m$29

Amtrak Palmetto Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Palmetto 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 Palmetto 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 Palmetto Train Guide & FAQs

Do Amtrak Palmetto trains have WiFi?

Yes, Amtrak Palmetto offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Palmetto 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 Palmetto 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 Palmetto 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 Palmetto 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 Palmetto's schedule?

On a typical day, Amtrak Palmetto has 258 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 Palmetto 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 Palmetto 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 Palmetto’s COVID-19 policies?

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

Are there bathrooms on Amtrak Palmetto trains?

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

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

Amtrak Palmetto 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 Palmetto 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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