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About Amtrak Thruway

Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. The service is also sometimes used to transfer passengers from one train line to another, or as a temporary replacement during track maintenance and train service disruptions.

Unlike all other Amtrak services, Thruway is not concentrated within a specific route or region. It is available wherever necessary across all of the contiguous United States, as well as certain parts of Canada, connecting a total of 178 locations. While most trips are served by modern coaches, some Amtrak Thruway trips may be conducted by a ferry or a van, depending on the route or number of passengers.

On Amtrak Thruway buses, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities. While buses don’t have some of the high-end amenities available on Amtrak trains, most of the trips are relatively short and prices are very reasonable, starting at just .

Amtrak is an official Wanderu partner, which means that you can find the best deals on Amtrak Thruway bus tickets here and book your trips without any additional fees.

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Amtrak Thruway bus coverage

Daily Trips861
stations218
cities178
countries2

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Thruway

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

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 460 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 353 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 677 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 746 reviews
“The bus got there on time.”
based on 742 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 699 reviews
“The bus was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 728 reviews

Amtrak Thruway reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Thruway

(Based on 800 reviews)

4.6
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.3

Timeliness

4.8

Staff

4.5

Value

4.1

Condition

4.6

Amtrak Thruway passenger reviews

5.0

Joyce

November 26, 2022- Visiting family

Buena Vista to Denver

Pros: On time. Tips: This was a great way to travel.

Pros: On time. Tips: This was a great way to travel.

3.0

Joan

November 25, 2022- Visiting family

Portland to Eugene

Pros: There had been two accidents on I-5. Much of the time we were traveling at about 1 mile/hour. Our driver was lovely, and keeping us up on what was going on. Finally she took a detour. Luckily I had a good book to read. Tips: Please do wear or at least bring your ...

Pros: There had been two accidents on I-5. Much of the time we were traveling at about 1 mile/hour. Our driver was lovely, and keeping us up on what was going on. Finally she took a detour. Luckily I had a good book to read. Tips: Please do wear or at least bring your masks. Covid and other germs still loom, and the bus is close contact and not so much air.

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5.0

Angelina

November 22, 2022- Visiting family

Madison to Chicago

Pros: The trip was pretty on schedule, and despite traffic, I think the trip went well overall. Cons: N/A - I was satisfied. Tips: Arrive on time to stop in order to ensure seat. Busses do leave on time exactly so you need to be there.

Pros: The trip was pretty on schedule, and despite traffic, I think the trip went well overall. Cons: N/A - I was satisfied. Tips: Arrive on time to stop in order to ensure seat. Busses do leave on time exactly so you need to be there.

5.0

joyce

November 15, 2022- Visiting family

Salida to Denver

Pros: I felt very safe and comfortable on the bus. And enjoyed the scenery of Colorado. Driver was excellent. This was my first time using your service and would do so again and recommend the bus to others. thank you! Tips: Great service!

Pros: I felt very safe and comfortable on the bus. And enjoyed the scenery of Colorado. Driver was excellent. This was my first time using your service and would do so again and recommend the bus to others. thank you! Tips: Great service!

5.0

Diana

November 14, 2022- Solo travel

Denver to Salida

Pros: I have never taken a bus for such a long trip before. I found it not only convenient to get home from Denver to my small town of Salida but also very reassuring and safe as a single women rider. I was able to relax and felt very confident in the driver's skills. ...

Pros: I have never taken a bus for such a long trip before. I found it not only convenient to get home from Denver to my small town of Salida but also very reassuring and safe as a single women rider. I was able to relax and felt very confident in the driver's skills. Cons: More available rides from Denver to my location. I realize this may not be do-able and I benefitted from perfect timing on my last minute trip.

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Amtrak Thruway Routes & Network

Amtrak Thruway’s bus network features 1193 bus routes that connect 178 cities serving 218 stations. On average, Amtrak Thruway performs about 861 bus trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Thruway offers the highest number of daily bus service include Portland and Cannon Beach.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Thruway

CityRouteEarliest busLatest bus
Seattle201:30 pm1:00 am
Portland163:00 pm1:35 am
Chicago208:30 am1:20 am
Eugene173:00 pm7:40 am
Vancouver305:45 pm5:00 am
Philadelphia110:15 am1:20 pm
Madison2110:10 am3:15 am
Allentown110:15 am10:45 pm
Denver11:05 pm9:35 pm

Most popular Amtrak Thruway routes

The bus from Portland to Cannon Beach is Amtrak Thruway’s most popular route. Trips from Vancouver to Seattle and Eugene to Portland are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Thruway routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Portland to Cannon Beach33h 20m$17
Vancouver to Seattle55h 0m$45
Eugene to Portland113h 24m$19
Philadelphia to Allentown11h 20m$22
Madison to Chicago223h 51m$39
Leavenworth to Seattle13h 15m$40
Seattle to Richmond53h 50m$45
Salem to Portland51h 21m$11
Gunnison to Denver14h 45m$40

Amtrak Thruway Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak 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.

Sometimes, Amtrak Thruway trips may be operated by a different bus carrier, such as Greyhound. In those cases, Amtrak Thruway tickets still follow Amtrak’s cancellation policy.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable after the bus has departed, so be sure to make your updates as soon as possible if your travel plans change.

If your Amtrak Thruway 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 Thruway Bus Guide & FAQs

Do Amtrak Thruway buses have WiFi?

No, unfortunately Amtrak Thruway does not offer WiFi aboard its buses 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 bus ride.

Are there power outlets or USB plugs on the bus?

Amtrak Thruway does not offer power outlets on their buses at this time. We suggest you charge up your laptop ahead of time and bring a power bank for your phone to extend its battery life for the duration of the trip. And remember - a good book doesn’t require any power.

What is Amtrak Thruway's schedule?

On a typical day, Amtrak Thruway has 861 scheduled bus 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 Thruway 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 bus?

Yes, Amtrak Thruway requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the bus. 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 Thruway’s COVID-19 policies?

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

Are there bathrooms on Amtrak Thruway buses?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Thruway buses. 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 Thruway does not offer meals or beverages onboard. We recommend you bring a drink and some snacks for your trip. We also suggest packing a reusable water bottle with you to reduce your impact on the environment. However, note that most buses do not allow you to bring your own alcoholic drinks.

Do you have to print your Amtrak Thruway ticket?

Yes, Amtrak Thruway requires that all passengers have printed tickets to board the bus. When you book with Wanderu and activate your account, you will be able to easily find and download your tickets for most buses.

Does Amtrak Thruway offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Amtrak Thruway focuses on delivering a great travel experience at a low price and currently does not offer premium features like extra legroom or onboard entertainment. But these days, between your laptop, tablet, smartphone and e-reader, you’re the master of your own entertainment even on longer journeys.

Cheap Amtrak Thruway tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 861 Amtrak Thruway trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Thruway tickets start at just $1.00. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Amtrak Thruway tickets?

Wanderu is the best place to score cheap Amtrak Thruway tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare Amtrak Thruway prices with trips offered by other bus companies to be sure you’re getting the best deal on your tickets!

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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