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About Amtrak

Founded in 1971, Amtrak is by far the most popular train company in the United States. Connecting 718 cities by rail with over 16,000 routes, Amtrak trains make an average of 26,514 trips per day and 371,192 trips per month. Given its expansive coverage, Amtrak's prices vary greatly; tickets start from as low as $2.00 for local train trips to as high as $739.00 for certain cross-country treks.

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Amtrak train coverage

Daily Trips26,514
stations786
cities718
countries2

Amtrak train amenities

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

Amtrak reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak
4.4
Based on 973 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.2
Timeliness
4.3
Staff
4.3
Value
3.8
Condition
4.5
Amtrak reviews from Wanderu customers
Seph
5.0
September 8, 2020Visiting family
Pros
I was able to accomplish some of the things came for
Cons
My personal accomdatons
Tips
No
Kelly
5.0
September 1, 2020Vacation
Pros
Everything
Cons
Not anything I can think of.
Ronald
4.0
August 23, 2020Solo travel
Pros
Very spacious, great scenery and clean.
Cons
The meals were not good everyone should have the option for dining and cash should be accepted. If the attempt was to reduce the hostess from handling the money due to COVID 19 it failed as the hostess swiped our debit cards to pay. If it was the coin shortage most pe...More
Tips
Bring a pillow and blanket have an active debit/credit card and wear a comfortable mask.
Mark
4.0
August 22, 2020Solo travel
Pros
Convenient and well priced.
Cons
Too many stops for nonexistent riders.
Tips
Check the ticket sales as there we’re only three passengers on this trip; perfect!
Ceceile
5.0
August 21, 2020Regular commuter
Pros
Clean smooth ride. Expect for a small issue smell of gas on my trip to Springfield. Otherwise perfect.
Cons
So far so good.
Tips
Wear your mask and hand sanitizer

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can you travel on an Amtrak train?

As the most popular train service in the United States, Amtrak has trains running across every major region in the United States, including trains connecting American cities and Canadian cities. In fact, you could get from coast to coast, or even around the entire U.S. by Amtrak train. Amtrak has an especially strong presence on both the West Coast and the East Coast, with trains from LA to Seattle and Miami to New York. It also connects the Midwest to both coasts, with train stations in major cities like Chicago.

What is Amtrak's luggage policy?

Amtrak's luggage policy is fairly generous. Each passenger can bring two personal carry-on items, two carry-on bags, and two checked bags for free. Passengers may also check an additional two bags, for a fee of $20 each.

  • Personal Items — Passengers are allowed two personal items of no more than 25 pounds each, not to exceed the following dimensions: 14 x 11 x 7 inches.
  • Carry-On Items — Passengers are allowed two carry on items of no more than 50 pounds each, to be stowed on designated racks or in the compartment above the seat. These bags should not exceed the following dimensions: 28 x 22 x 14 inches.
  • Checked Bags — Passengers are allowed up to four checked bags. The first two are free of charge, and the second two cost $20 each. Bags are not to exceed 50 pounds and 75 linear inches (length + width + height).

Here are some additional requirements to keep in mind:

  • Your luggage should be checked at least 45 minutes before the train departs.
  • ID tags are required for all luggage.
  • All luggage must be in containers that are suitable for transport (storage tubs and plastic bags are not allowed).

Do Amtrak trains have WiFi?

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

Because Amtrak operates in so many different regions, the schedule varies widely depending on the route. Amtrak is actually divided into over 40 regional services, each with its own timetables. These regional services include the following popular routes:

Can you buy a train ticket at the station?

You can buy a train ticket at most large train stations, which are staffed with Amtrak ticket agents. If a ticket agent is not available, many stations provide a Quik-Trak Kiosk from which you can purchase a ticket directly.

If your nearest station is not big enough to sell tickets in-person, you can purchase online at Amtrak.com or via an online booking platform like Wanderu. Alternatively, Amtrak allows you to buy tickets over the phone 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

Yes, Amtrak 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.

Are there bathrooms on Amtrak trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak 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?

Many Amtrak trains have diner cars with meal service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Prices and selections vary between different routes; menus are updated regularly. Additionally, most trains will have various snacks and beverages available for purchase. Most passenger cars also have free water from a water dispenser.

Do you need to print your Amtrak ticket?

Amtrak does not require a printed ticket for boarding. Upon purchase, eTickets will be delivered as a PDF attached to your confirmation email. Simply pull up the eTicket on your mobile device and present a valid ID to the conductor when prompted. For more details, see our guide on how to read an Amtrak ticket.

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

Amtrak 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 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 tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 26,514 Amtrak trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak tickets start at just $2.00. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

Santa Ana to Chicago
Travel dateTue Dec 1
Lowest price$162.90
Alexandria to Tacoma
Travel dateFri Dec 18
Lowest price$209.00
San Diego to Chicago
Travel dateTue Dec 1
Lowest price$181.10
Burlington to St Paul
Travel dateSat Dec 12
Lowest price$86.00
Hartford to Windsor
Travel dateThu Nov 26
Lowest price$2.50