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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 193 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.

Contact Amtrak Thruway

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

Amtrak Thruway Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
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Amtrak Thruway bus coverage

Daily Trips778

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 152 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 186 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 344 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 368 reviews
“The bus got there on time.”
based on 372 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 353 reviews
“The bus was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 359 reviews

Amtrak Thruway reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Thruway

(Based on 407 reviews)

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Amtrak Thruway passenger reviews


Dita Erika

November 29, 2021- Visiting family

Bend to Eugene

Pros: Good driver…beautiful scenery. Cons: Air quality…stuffy, warm.

Pros: Good driver…beautiful scenery. Cons: Air quality…stuffy, warm.



November 29, 2021- Visiting family

Portland to Eugene

I liked the phone chargers and wifi

I liked the phone chargers and wifi



November 27, 2021- Visiting family

Salida to Denver

Pros: easy ride to Denver. Cons: Apparently, there was a waste issue in Gunnison so the restroom on the bus was locked and not usable. This issue needs to be solved. For this reason, I will probably not use this service again.

Pros: easy ride to Denver. Cons: Apparently, there was a waste issue in Gunnison so the restroom on the bus was locked and not usable. This issue needs to be solved. For this reason, I will probably not use this service again.



November 25, 2021- Vacation

Madison to Chicago

Pros: Very well informed of stops 5 minutes before arrived. Cons: nothing very pleasant and helpful staff. Tips: arrive on time to get a seat with you party.

Pros: Very well informed of stops 5 minutes before arrived. Cons: nothing very pleasant and helpful staff. Tips: arrive on time to get a seat with you party.



November 23, 2021- Visiting family

Denver to Gunnison

Pros: Convenient. Cons: Working bathroom. Tips: You can recline in the seat.

Pros: Convenient. Cons: Working bathroom. Tips: You can recline in the seat.

Amtrak Thruway Routes & Network

Amtrak Thruway’s bus network features 1254 bus routes that connect 193 cities serving 222 stations. On average, Amtrak Thruway performs about 778 bus trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Thruway offers the highest number of daily bus service include Gunnison and Denver.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Thruway

CityRouteEarliest busLatest bus
Seattle121:30 pm12:30 am
Portland73:00 pm1:20 am
Philadelphia125:03 am4:43 am
Eugene73:00 pm7:35 am
Vancouver205:45 pm5:00 am
Allentown110:15 am11:35 pm
Chicago108:30 am1:20 am
Denver11:05 pm9:20 pm
Madison1112:50 pm3:15 am

Top States Served by Amtrak Thruway

StateCities ServedDaily TripsTop city
Minnesota397St Paul
British Columbia3268Vancouver
California40689Los Angeles

Most popular Amtrak Thruway routes

The bus from Gunnison to Denver is Amtrak Thruway’s most popular route. Trips from Portland to Eugene and Madison to Chicago are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Thruway routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Gunnison to Denver14h 45m$40
Portland to Eugene82h 50m$22
Madison to Chicago223h 51m$30
Salem to Portland41h 17m$13
Leavenworth to Seattle13h 15m$40
Philadelphia to Allentown11h 20m$22
Portland to Cannon Beach22h 0m$17
Vancouver to Seattle43h 45m$45
Seattle to Richmond42h 56m$45

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 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 778 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.

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