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About Amtrak Sunset Limited

Running roughly east-west, the Amtrak Sunset Limited crosses five US states: Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

The end-to-end journey between New Orleans and Los Angeles lasts two full days. It takes in an incredible array of American landscapes, from the bayou of Louisiana to the mountains of California, crossing rivers and deserts along the way. Overall, the Sunset Limited makes 52 daily trips going to 21 cities.

Amtrak Sunset Limited is one of the country's oldest rail services, tracing its history back to 1894. Operated by Amtrak since 1971, when the company came into being, it carries around 60,000 passengers each year across its 1,995-mile route.

The trains are double-decker, meaning the cars have the option of lower or upper coach class seating and a variety of Superliner roomettes, bedrooms, and suites. In addition, there are two options for onboard dining: a traditional dining service with sit-down meals in a dining car and a more informal café service with snacks and drinks.

To book tickets onboard Amtrak Sunset Limited, look no further than Wanderu! Wanderu has been an official partner of Amtrak since 2015, meaning you can book the best deals for the Amtrak Sunset Limited on the market on Wanderu.

Contact Amtrak Sunset Limited

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

Online support: Amtrak Sunset Limited website

Amtrak Sunset Limited Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
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Amtrak Sunset Limited train coverage

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What travelers are saying about Amtrak Sunset Limited

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

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 31 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 18 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 46 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 47 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 25 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 48 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 50 reviews

Amtrak Sunset Limited reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Sunset Limited

(Based on 60 reviews)

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Amtrak Sunset Limited passenger reviews



August 26, 2023- Business

New Orleans to Houston

Pros: Everything, except that there's no free snack and/or drink (even water). Cons: Include snack and water for those who want it. Tips: Overall, travel experience is top-notch. Keep it up.



August 11, 2023- Solo travel

Houston to Lake Charles

Pros: It was interesting. It was my first time riding on a train and I wanted to try it out. I sat with a friendly stranger. Cons: The price of the food was much too high at $45.00 so I didn’t eat. Tips: Bring food or extra money.



August 5, 2023- Couples trip

New Orleans to Houston

Pros: We were able to bid for an upgrade to a roomette which included meals - super comfortable and great value for money! Cons: No announcements on the effect of delays on arrival time. Family meeting us waited over 2 hours which could have been avoided. Tips: Upgrade if you get the chance!



June 18, 2023- Solo travel

San Antonio to Houston

Pros: Price and able to rest in route. Cons: Restrooms were filthy.


Bobbie J

May 25, 2023- Visiting friends

San Antonio to El Paso

Pros: The peace and relaxation. Cons: No Complaints at all. Tips: Amtrak Train is the best way to travel on land.

Amtrak Sunset Limited Routes & Network

Amtrak Sunset Limited’s train network features 204 train routes that connect 21 cities serving 21 stations. On average, Amtrak Sunset Limited performs about 52 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Sunset Limited offers the highest number of daily train service include Los Angeles and Tucson.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Sunset Limited

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Houston56:02 am5:00 am
Los Angeles99:02 am6:49 am
San Antonio57:36 am5:54 am
New Orleans57:36 am5:00 am
Tucson67:36 am5:54 am
El Paso27:45 am5:54 am
Lafayette111:25 am5:00 am
Lake Charles111:25 am5:00 am
Beaumont17:36 am6:55 pm

Most popular Amtrak Sunset Limited routes

The train from Los Angeles to Tucson is Amtrak Sunset Limited’s most popular route. Trips from El Paso to San Antonio and Houston to Los Angeles are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Sunset Limited routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Los Angeles to Tucson19h 29m$39
El Paso to San Antonio112h 15m$72
Houston to Los Angeles112h 40m$134
Houston to New Orleans19h 30m$46
New Orleans to Lafayette13h 24m$22
San Antonio to Houston14h 45m$30
El Paso to Houston118h 34m$86
Del Rio to San Antonio13h 48m$17
Los Angeles to Palm Springs12h 36m$18

Amtrak Sunset Limited Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Sunset Limited 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 Sunset Limited 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 Sunset Limited Train Guide & FAQs

No, unfortunately Amtrak Sunset Limited 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 Sunset Limited 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 Sunset Limited 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 Sunset Limited has 52 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 Sunset Limited 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 Sunset Limited 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 Sunset Limited’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Sunset Limited 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 Sunset Limited 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 Sunset Limited 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 Sunset Limited 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 Sunset Limited 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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How do I get the best deal on Amtrak Sunset Limited tickets?

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