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Complete Guide To Amtrak Routes

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There are 43 Amtrak Routes in the United States and they vary greatly by distance and amenities. To help you plan your next vacation we’ve broken down each route to help you know what to expect on your trip.

Map of All Amtrak Routes

On our map of the Amtrak Routes each route is a different color to help you see where each one stops and starts. See our Maps Page for highly detailed maps of each region and closer details.

Amtrak Routes

Amtrak Routes

RouteTerminus StationsDiningSleeper CarsWifiObservation Car
AcelaBoston, Washington D.C.CafeNoYesNo
AdirondackNew York City, MontrealCafeNoYesNo
Auto TrainLorton, VA, Sanford, FLTraditionalSuperlinerYesNo
Blue WaterChicago, Port HuronCafeNoYesNo
California ZephyrChicago, Emeryville CATraditionalSuperlinerNoYes
Capitol CorridorAuburn, San JoseCafeNoYesNo
Capitol LimitedChicago, Washington D.C.FlexibleSuperlinerNoYes
CardinalChicago, New York CityFlexibleViewlinerYesNo
Carl SandburgChicago, Quincy ILCafeNoYesNo
CarolinianCharlotte, New York CityCafeNoYesNo
CascadesEugene OR, Vancouver BCCafeNoYesNo
City of New OrleansChicago, New OrlenasFlexibleSuperlinerNoYes
Coast StarlightLos Angeles, SeattleTraditionalSuperlinerNoYes
CrescentNew York City, New OrleansFlexibleViewlinerNoNo
DowneasterBoston, Brunswick MECafeNoYesNo
Empire BuilderChicago, Seattle, PortlandTraditionalSuperlinerNoYes
Empire ServiceNew York City, Niagara FallsCafeNoYesNo
Ethan Allen ExpressNew York City, Rutland VTCafeNoYesNo
Heartland FlyerOklahoma City, Ft. Worth TXCafeNoNoNo
HiawathaChicago, MilwaukeeNoneNoYesNo
IlliniChicago, Carbondale ILCafeNoYesNo
Illinois ZephyrChicago, Quincy ILCafeNoYesNo
Keystone ServiceNew York City, HarrisburgCafeNoYesNo
Lake Shore LimitedNew York, Boston, ChicagoFlexibleViewlinerYesNo
Lincoln ServiceChicago, St. LouisCafeNoYesNo
Maple LeafNew York City, TorontoCafeNoYesNo
Missouri River RunnerKansas City, St. LouisCafeNoYesNo
Northeast RegionalMultipleCafeNoYesNo
Pacific SurflinerSan Diego, San Luis ObispoCafeNoYesNo
PalmettoNew York City, Savannah GAFlexibleViewlinerYesNo
PennsylvanianNew York City, PittsburghCafeNoYesNo
Pere MarquetteChicago, Grand Rapids MICafeNoYesNo
PiedmontRaleigh, CharlotteCafeNoNoNo
SalukiChicago, Carbondale ILCafeNoYesNo
San JoaquinsBakersfield, SacramentoCafeNoYesNo
Silver MeteorNew York City, MiamiFlexibleViewlinerYesNo
Silver StarNew York City, MiamiFlexibleViewlinerYesNo
Southwest ChiefChicago, Los AngelesTraditionalSuperlinerNoYes
Sunset LimitedNew Orleans, Los AngelesTraditionalSuperlinerNoYes
Texas EagleChicago, Los AngelesFlexible (east), Traditional (west)SuperlinerNoYes
Valley FlyerNew Haven CT, Greenfield MACafeNoYesNo
VermonterSt. Albans VT, Washington D.C.CafeNoYesNo
WolverineChicago, Pontiac MICafeNoYesNo

Cross Country Routes

There are 9 cross country Amtrak Routes going in the east/west direction that change time zones. All but the Sunset Limited and the Crescent begin or end in Chicago, which serves as the biggest Amtrak hub and connects the coasts. The Texas Eagle and Sunset Limited join in Texas and are the same route going west.

West Coast Routes

The 5 west coast routes serve California, Oregon and Washington. They travel north and south and connect to all of the cross country routes to take you to the east.

Midwest Routes

The Midwest Amtrak routes area mostly centered around Chicago, which is a focal point of the Amtrak system.

East Coast Routes

The East coast Routes almost all go through New York City and travel from Maine to Florida.

Specialty Routes

Amtrak Routes With An Observation Car

Observation cars are found on scenic cross country routes. They are open to all passengers on the train regardless of ticket type. There are regular seats that face the windows and tables for eating or working.

Amtrak Routes with an observation car

Amtrak Routes With Traditional Dining

Traditional Dining is found on overnight cross country routes. It features an upgraded menu and a white table cloth experience.

Amtrak Routes With Business Class

Business Class on the Pacific Surfliner

Business Class seats are available on many trains and feature a few upgraded amenities. Check out our business class review for more information.

Amtrak Routes With Wifi

Wifi is found on most routes with the exception of some cross country routes where cell service is lost for major amounts of time. Don’t expect the wifi to be faster than your cell connection though, it is generally best used on devices with out a connection, like a computer.

Amtrak Routes With Sleeper Cars

Sleeper cars are found on overnight routes and come with meals included. See our sleeper car review for all of your options.

Amtrak Routes
The Family Bedroom

There is a route to fit every need and destination. We’ve compiled a route guide for each route, which you can access by clicking on any route name above.

To book a ticket for any route, use our Amtrak ticket booking guide to purchase tickets at the lowest price in any class. Amtrak also runs sales and discounts on most routes.

For more information on Amtrak trains check out our Amtrak Tips page and for videos check out our YouTube Channel.

Robert Marmion
Rob is married to Allie and together they have been traveling the world for the past 2 years. Rob is one of the most published photographers in the world, having published over 750,000 images in the last 15 years. He enjoys doing landscape and astrophotography while on the road.