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Complete Guide To Amtrak Bathrooms

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Amtrak trains are a fun and scenic way to move around they country. Most rides can take many hours though, so it is important to know what Amtrak bathrooms are like and where they are located on the train.

Coach Class Bathrooms

Coach Class Bathrooms are available on all Amtrak trains. They are located at the end of each car. There are both standard and accessible bathrooms available. Coach Class bathrooms are big and provide plenty of room for passengers.

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Amtrak Coach Class Bathroom

Coach Class bathrooms are bigger than Sleeper Car bathrooms, but are used by many more people. By the end of the night, these bathrooms will usually be in the worst shape on the train.

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Coach Class Accessible Bathroom

On shorter trips, these bathrooms usually stay quite clean and are no problem.

Coach Class bathrooms do not have showers, and Coach Class passengers are not allowed to shower in the Sleeper Car showers.

Amtrak train cars can vary widely from car to car, so don’t assume the bathroom in the next car down is just like yours. If the bathroom in your car isn’t suitable, go looking to the next car, which might not be as full, or might have a bigger bathroom.

Cafe Car Bathroom

This is a secret hidden bathroom that few know about. On Superliner trains that have an observation car, there is a bathroom on the bottom level in the cafe. Once you get to the bottom of the stairs go left and it’ll be at the end of the hall. This is usually the cleanest bathroom on the train as not many people know about it.

Sleeper Car Bathrooms

How Many Bathrooms Does an Amtrak Sleeper Car Have

Amtrak Superliner Sleeper Cars have 4 bathrooms and 1 shower per car. There are 3 bathrooms and a shower on the lower level and 1 bathroom on the upper level. This is more than enough for the passengers in the car, and there is almost never a line to use the bathroom.

Amtrak Viewliner II Cars have two bathrooms and an shower all on a single level.

Superliner Bathrooms

There are two types of Superliner sleeper car trains, Superliner I and Superliner II. There is almost no difference between them except the bathrooms. The older Superliner I cars have angled seats in the bathroom that are bigger and much easier to use. The newer Superliner II cars have straight toilets that are much more narrow and difficult to use. We prefer to get placed in the older Superliner I cars for this reason.

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Newer Superliner II hallway bathroom

Another benefit of the Superliner I bathrooms over the Superliner II bathrooms is the sink. The older Superliner I bathrooms have a deep sink with a tall faucet. The Superliner II bathrooms have a really shallow sink with a super short faucet. It is almost impossible to use the Superliner II sink with spraying yourself and the entire room with water. It is hard to do even minor things like brush your teeth in a Superliner II sink.

This sink is a mess waiting to happen. The other bad thing about the design is that water only comes out if you hold the lever down, so you have to do everything one handed!

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Superliner II Hallway Sink

For some people, the Superliner II bathrooms will just be too tight. If this is the case, see if the other sleeper car is a Superliner I, and you can use that bathroom. As a last resort you could walk down to coach.

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Superliner I Hallway bathroom

Viewliner Bathrooms

Viewliner I trains cars will not have separate bathrooms, only showers. In these cars all rooms including roomettes will have a toilet in the room. Viewliner II cars have nice new bathrooms in the hallway.

In Room Bathrooms

Viewliner I Roomette

These are the most talked about toilets on Amtrak. Viewliner I roomettes have toilets inches from the lower bunk, that some people love and some people do not. When the lid is down, it serves as the step for the person on the top berth to reach their bed. It can be convenient in the night for one person, but awkward if there are 2 people in the room.

In some situations you may need to have your fellow passenger leave the room or you could go find another bathroom.

Viewliner I Roomette

Superliner Bedroom

Superliner Bedroom

Amtrak Superliner Bedrooms have private bathrooms that include a toilet and shower. There is a door that closes off the bathroom. It is an all in one concept, so the shower will get the toilet wet when you use it.

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Superliner Bedroom shower/bathroom combo

Superliner Accessible Bedroom

Superliner Accessible Bedrooms have an open toilet on one side of the room, but no shower. Showers are located right outside the door though, along with 3 other bathrooms. The toilet in this room is very spacious, and there is a small sink nearby. This room is on the end of the hall with most of the bathrooms, it is the only sleeping room on that end of the hall.

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Superliner Accessible Bedroom

Viewliner Bedroom

Viewliner Bedrooms are much like the Superliner Bedrooms as far as the setup goes. Viewliner Bedrooms have an enclosed shower and toilet combination in each room. The shower will make the toilet wet when you use it.

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Viewliner Bedroom shower/bathroom combo

Viewliner Accessible Bedroom

The Viewliner II Accessible Bedroom has a unique private shower, and an open toilet in the room. It is the only room that has this type of setup with a separate shower and toilet area. Some passengers don’t like the fact that you’ll be sleeping somewhat near the toilet. There is a curtain that can be pulled across for privacy.

Viewliner II Accessible Bedroom

The shower however, most people really like.

Viewliner II Accessible Bedroom Shower

Transition Car Bathrooms

There are cars in the Amtrak system called transition cars. If you get in one of these sleeper cars, you’ll notice the bathrooms have a toilet and shower in the same area. These are the best bathrooms to get as they are much bigger than any of the other ones. If you are lucky enough to be in a transition car, enjoy the bathroom!

Robert Marmion
Rob is married to Allie and together they have been traveling the world for the past 5 years. Rob is one of the most published photographers in the world, having published over 1 million images in the last 20 years. He enjoys doing landscape and astrophotography while on the road.