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Amtrak Long-Distance Train Route Guides & More

Amtrak long-distance trains can be a fun adventure, especially if you have the right tools. This page will direct you to the information you need about each of Amtrak’s long-distance trains. To help make your Amtrak adventure more fun, I have links to Amtrak route guides and, eventually, timetables.

While the dates of operation are wrong on the timetables, the rest of the information is correct.

Amtrak Views
Views from an Amtrak roomette.

Amtrak route guides

Amtrak wrote route guides circa 2010/2014 and distributed them in their trains and stations. These travel guides have been out of print for a while, so they are hard to find.

I found copies of the last time Amtrak printed them, and they are available for you to print out or store on a device. Even though they are over a decade old, they still offer plenty of history of the communities that the train services during your adventure.

About the Timetables

The timetables below came out when Amtrak ran trains three days a week, but all trains have been back to daily service since then. The exception is the Sunset Limited and Cardinal; those trains have been three days a week for a long time.

Again, while the dates of operation are wrong on the timetables, the rest of the information is correct.

Amtrak route guides and more

Auto Train #52 & #53

Auto Train
The Auto Train transports you and your car (or your van, motorcycle, SUV, small boat, jet-ski, or other recreational vehicles) nonstop from the Washington, DC area to sunny Florida, just outside Orlando. This train I.S. is the best way to drive I-95. And remember, you can pack your car as if it were your suitcase.

The Auto Train runs from the greater Washington DC and Orlando areas and allows you to bring your car along with you on the train.

There is no Amtrak route guide for the Auto train. The train does run on the Silver Meteor route, so that is the guide below.

The Auto Train runs daily with endpoints of Lorton, VA, and Sanford, FL. There is one intermediate stop, but it is only for refueling and crew changes.

Equipment & Accomidations

The Auto Train uses Superliner Equipment with coach class, roomettes, bedrooms, family, accessible rooms for accommodation, and auto racks for your cars.

Food Options

The Auto Train has a cafe open to all and traditional dining for sleeping passengers.

  • Southtbound meals by the day
    • One: dinner
    • Two: breakfast
  • Northbond meals by the day
    • One: dinner
    • Two: breakfast
DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONS
#52 NorthboundSanford, FL – Lorton, VA
#53 SouthboundLorton, VA – Sanford, FL

California Zephyr #5 & #6

California Zephyr
The California Zephyr

The California Zephyr daily with significant stops at Chicago. Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Emeryville (San Francisco).

Equipment & Accomidations

The California Zephyr uses Superliner Equipment with coach class, roomettes, bedrooms, family, and accessible rooms for accommodation.

Food Options

The California Zepher has a cafe open to all and traditional dining for sleeping passengers.

  • Eastbound meals by the day
    • One: lunch and dinner
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Three: breakfast and lunch
  • Westbond meals by the day
    • One: dinner
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Three: breakfast and lunch

The California Zephyr will whisk you from the busy Chicago skyline through the farm field and rural scenes of Illinois and Iowa, stunning views of the Rockies and High Sierras.

DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONSDAYS OF TRAVEL
#5 WestboundChicago, IL- Omaha, NE1st Day
Lincoln, NE – Salt Lake City, UT2nd Day
Elko NV – Emeryville3rd Day
#6 EastboundEmeryville, CA – Elko, NV1st Day
Salt Lake City, UT – McCook, NE2nd Day
Holdrege, NE – Chicago, IL3rd Day

Capitol Limited #29 & #30

Amtrak's Capital Limited
Capitol Limited at a station stop in Cumberland, Maryland

The Capitol Limited takes you from Chicago to the Capitol of the U.S. The train follows the historic B&O line on your journey through the Potomac Valley, past historic Harpers Ferry, and the Allegheny Mountains into Pittsburgh.

Equipment & Accomidations

The Capitol Limited uses Superliner Equipment with coach class, roomettes, bedrooms, family, and accessible rooms for accommodation.

Food Options

The Capitol Limited has a cafe open to all and flex dining for sleeping passengers.

  • Eastbound meals by the day
    • One: dinner
    • Two: breakfast
  • Westbond meals by the day
    • One: dinner
    • Two: breakfast
DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONSDAY Of TRAVEL
#29 WestboundWashington, D.C. – Pittsburg, PA1st Day
Alliance, OH – Chicago, IL2nd Day
#30 EastboundChicago, IL – Toledo, OH1st Day
Alliance, OH – Washington D.C.2nd Day

Cardinal #51 & #52

Amtrak Cardinal in DC
Amtrak Cardinal Photo Courtesy of Amtrak

The Cardinal transports passengers three days a week between Chicago, IL, and New York, NY. This train runs through the Northern section of The South.

Major stops include Washington, DC, Charlottesville, WV, Cincinnati, OH, Indianapolis, IN, and other intermediate stops.

Equipment & Accomidations

The Cardinal is a Viewliner train that offers these accommodations: coach classroomettesbedrooms, and accessible rooms.

Food Options

The Cardinal’s Cafe is open to all passengers and for sleeping passengers Amtrak’s flex dining.

  • Eastbound meals by the day
    • One: dinner
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and diner
  • Westbond meals by the day
    • One: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Two: breakfast
DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONSDAY OF TRAVEL
#50 WestboundChicago, IL – Indianapolis, IN1st Day
Connersville, IN – New York, NY2nd Day
#51 EastboundNew York, NY – Maysville, KY1st Day
Cincinnati, OH – Chicago, IL2nd Day

City of New Orleans #58 & #59

Amtrak's City of New Orleans
Amtrak’s City of New Orleans picking up and dropping off passengers at Jackson, MS

The City of New Orleans takes passengers between Chicago and New Orleans with other major stops in Memphis and Jackson, MS.

Equipment & Accomidations

The City of New Orleans is a Superliner train that offers these accommodations: coach classroomettesbedrooms, and accessible rooms.

Food Options

The Cafe in The City of New Orleans is open to all passengers, and Amtrak’s flex is dining for sleeping passengers.

  • Southbound meals by the day
    • One: dinner (often started before leaving Chicago)
    • Two: breakfast & lunch
  • Northbond meals by the day
    • One: dinner
    • Two: breakfast
DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONSDAY OF TRAVEL
#58 NorthboundNew Orleans, LA- Memphis, TN1st Day
Newbern-Dyersburg, TN – Chicago, IL2nd Day
#59 SouthboundChicago, IL – Effingham, IL1st Day
Centralia, IL – New Orleans, LA2nd Day

Coast Starlight #11 & #14

Portland Union Station
Portland Union Station in Portland, OR.

The Coast Starlight travels between Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, and Los Angeles.

Along the Southern end of this route, you can see beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. There is no better way to travel the Western seaboard than on the Coast Starlight.

Equipment & Accomidations

The Coast Starlight uses Superliner Equipment with coach class, roomettes, bedrooms, family, and accessible rooms for accommodation.

Food Options

The Coast Starlight has a cafe open to all and traditional dining sleeping passengers.

  • Northbound meals by the day
    • One: lunch and dinner
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Southbond meals by the day
    • One: lunch and dinner
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONSDAY OF TRAVEL
#11 SouthboundSeattle, WA – Klamath Falls, OR1st Day
Dunsmuir, CA – Los Angeles, CA2nd Day
#14 NorthboundLos Angeles, CA – Sacramento, CA1st Day
Chico, CA – Seattle, WA2nd Day

Crescent #19 & #20

Amtrak Crescent
Amtrak Crescent at a station stop

The Crescent takes passengers between the Big Apple and the Big Easy. Along the way, passengers see views of the old South.

The Crescent runs daily, serving New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, plus more.

Equipment & Accomidations

The Crescent is a Viewliner train that offers these accommodations: coach classroomettesbedrooms, and accessible rooms.

Food Options

The Crescent’s Cafe is open to all passengers and for sleeping passengers Amtrak’s flex dining.

  • Southbound (Westbound) meals by the day
    • One: dinner
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Northbond (Eastbound) meals by the day
    • One: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Two: breakfast
DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONSDAY OF TRAVEL
#19 SouthboundNew York, NY – Danville, VA1st Day
Greensboro, NC – New Orleans, LA2nd Day
#20 NorthboundNew Orleans, LA – Spartanburg, SC1st Day
Gastonia, NC – New York, NY2nd Day

Empire Builder #7, #8, #27, & #28

Empire Builder in Milwaukee
Amtrak’s Empire Builder in Milwaukee, WI

The Empire Builder runs from Chicago up through Wisconsin before it wanders through the northernmost states heading to the pacific northwest.

Amtrak’s Empire Builder runs daily, serving Chicago, St. Paul/Minneapolis, Spokane, Portland/Seattle, plus more.

Equipment & Accomidations

The Empire Builder uses Superliner Equipment with coach class, roomettes, bedrooms, family, and accessible rooms for accommodation.

Food Options

The Empire Builder has a cafe open to all and traditional dining for sleeping passengers.

  • Eastbound meals by the day
    • One: dinner
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and diner
    • Three: breakfast and lunch*
  • Westbond meals by the day
    • One: dinner*
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Three: breakfast

*This meal will not be in the dining car because that car is on the Seattle section of the train. Your car attendant will let you know of your choices.

DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONSDAY OF TRAVEL
#7/#27 WestboundChicago, IL – St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN1st Day
St, Cloud, MN – Sandpoint, ID2nd Day
#7 WestboundSpokane, WA – Seattle, WA3rd Day
#27 WestboundSpokane, WA -Portland, OR3rd Day
#8 EastboundSeattle, WA – Ephrata, WA1st Day
#28 EastboundPortland, OR – Pasco, WA1st Day
#8/#28 EastboundSpokane, WA – Devils Lake, ND2nd Day
Grand Forks, ND – Chicago, IL3rd Day

Lake Shore Limited #48, #49, #448, & #449

Lake Shore Limited
Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited in Albany.

The Lake Shore Limited takes passengers from the bustling Eastcoast to the Midwest, passing many Great Lakes and waterways.

The Lake Shore Limited is a daily train stopping at New York/Boston, Albany, Chicago, and more.

Equipment & Accomidations

The Lake Shore Limited is a Viewliner train that offers these accommodations: coach classroomettesbedrooms, and accessible rooms.

Food Options

The Lake Shore Limited has a Cafe open to all passengers and Amtrak’s flex dining for sleeping passengers.

  • Eastbound meals by the day
    • One: no meal due to late departure
    • Two 48: breakfast and lunch
    • Two 448: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Westbound) meals by the day
    • One: 49 dinner
    • One: 449 lunch and dinner
    • Two: breakfast
DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONSDAY OF TRAVEL
#48/#448 EastboundChicago, IL – South Bend, IN1st Day
#48 EastboundElkhart, IN – New York, NY2nd Day
#448 EastboundElkhart, IN – Boston, MA2nd Day
#49 WestboundNew York, NY – Rochester, NY1st Day
#449 WestboundBoston, MA – Rochester, NY2nd Day
#49/#449 WestboundBuffalo-Depew, NY – Chicago, IL2nd Day

Palmetto #89 & #90

Palmetto coming into CHS
Amtrak’s Palmetto pulling into the new Charleston Station

The Palmetto serves New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Charleston, SC, Savana, GA, and other intermediate stops.

Equipment & Accomidations

The Palmetto is an Amfleet train that offers these accommodations: coach class and business class.

Food Options

Cafe open to all passengers.

DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONS
#89 SouthboundNew York, NY – Savanna, GA
#90 NorthboundSavanna, GA – New York, NY

Silver Meteor #97 & #98

Amtrak's Silver Meteor
Amtrak’s Silver Meteor train pulling into Orlando, FL

The Silver Meteor takes passengers up and down the Eastcoast from New York to Miami.

If you want to take this train to or from Disney World, use the Kissimmee stop and take the 56 bus to the Disney Transportation and Ticket Center.

The Silver Meteor runs daily, serving New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Charleston, SC, Jacksonville, Orlando, Kissimmee, Miami, and more.

Equipment & Accomidations

The Silver Meteor is a Viewliner train that offers these accommodations: coach classroomettesbedrooms, and accessible rooms.

Food Options

The Silver Meteor has a Cafe open to all passengers and for sleeping passengers Amtrak’s flex dining.

  • Southbound meals by the day
    • One: dinner
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner? (checking on dinner)
  • Northbond (Eastbound) meals by the day
    • One: breakfast?, lunch and dinner
    • Two: breakfast

? = I am checking on this because I am not sure.

DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONSDAY OF TRAVEL
#97 SouthboundNew York, NY – Rocky Mount, NC1st Day
Fayetteville, NC – Miami, FL2nd Day
#98 NorthboundMiami, FL – Florence, NC (Myrtle Beach)1st Day
Fayetteville, NC – New York, NY2nd Day

Silver Star #91 & #92

Amtrak Silver Star
Amtrak’s Silver Star in Orlando, FL

Like the Silver Meteor, this train takes passengers from New York to Miami but slightly detours to serve a few inland North and South Carolina communities.

If you want to take this train to or from Disney World, use the Kissimmee stop and take the 56 bus to the Disney Transportation and Ticket Center.

The Silver Star runs daily with significant stops at New York,  Philadelphia, Washington DC, Raleigh, Savannah, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Miami.

Equipment & Accomidations

The Silver Star is a Viewliner train that offers these accommodations: coach classroomettesbedrooms, and accessible rooms.

Food Options

The Silver Star has a Cafe open to all passengers and for sleeping passengers Amtrak’s flex dining.

  • Southbound meals by the day
    • One: lunch and dinner
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner? (checking on dinner)
  • Northbond (Eastbound) meals by the day
    • One: lunch and dinner
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner? (checking on dinner)
DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONSDAY OF TRAVEL
#91 SouthboundNew York, NY – Hamlet, NC1st Day
Camden, SC – Miami, FL2nd Day
# 92 NorthboundMiami, FL – Jacksonville, FL1st Day
Savana, GA – New York, NY2nd Day

Southwest Cheif #3 & #4

Southwest Chief
The eastbound Southwest Chief in Galesburg, IL

The Southwest Cheif offers stunning views of the Southwest as it takes passengers to their destinations.

The Southwest Chief runs daily, stopping at Chicago, Kansas City (MO), Albuquerque. Flagstaff, Los Angeles, and more.

Equipment & Accomidations

The Southwest Chief uses Superliner Equipment with coach class, roomettes, bedrooms, family, and accessible rooms for accommodation.

Food Options

The Southwest Chief has a cafe open to all and traditional dining sleeping passengers.

  • Eastbound meals by the day
    • One: dinner
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Three: breakfast and lunsh
  • Westbond meals by the day
    • One: dinner
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Three: breakfast
DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONSDAY OF TRAVEL
#3 WestboundChicago, IL – Lawrence, KS1st Day
Topeka, KS – Kingman, AZ2nd Day
Needles, CA – Los Angeles, CA3rd Day
#4 EastboundLos Angeles, CA – Barstow, CA1st Day
Needles, CA – Garden City, KS2nd Day
Dodge City, KS – Chicago, IL3rd Day

Sunset Limited #1 & #2

Sunset Limited in El Paso, TX
Amtrak’s train 2/422 Sunset Limited/ Texas Eagle in El Paso, TX.

The Sunset Limited takes passengers between New Orleans and L.A. and at times giving passengers views of Mexico.

The Sunset Limited runs three times a week, stopping in New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Tucson, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, and more.

Equipment & Accomidations

The Sunset Limited uses Superliner Equipment with coach class, roomettes, bedrooms, family, and accessible rooms for accommodation.

Food Options

The Sunset Limited has a cafe open to all and traditional dining for sleeping passengers.

  • Eastbound meals by the day
    • One: No meal due to late departue
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Three: breakfast and lunch
  • Westbond meals by the day
    • One: lunch and dinner
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Three: no meal due to late arrivel
DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONSDAY OF TRAVEL
#1 WestboundNew Orleans, LA – Houston, TX1st Day
Mon/Wed/Sat
San Antonio, TX, – Yuma, AZ2nd Day
Tue/Thu/Sun
Palm Springs, AZ – Los Angeles, CA3rd Day
Wed/Fri/Mon
#2 EastboundLos Angeles, CA – Ontario, CA1st Day
Sun/Wed/Fri
Palm Springs, CA -Sander, TX2nd Day
Mon/Thu/Sat
Del Rio, TX – New Orleans, LA3rd Day
Tue/Fri/Sat

Texas Eagle #21, #22, #421, & #422

Texas Eagle fueling in STL
The Texas Eagle fueling in St Louis, MO.

The Texas Eagle gives passengers views of the famous St. Louis Arch plus urban to rural views of Texas and Illinois (Arkansas is overnight). Three days a week car from this train couples onto the Sunset Limited reaching more communities.

The Texas Eagle runs daily with stops at Chicago, St. Louis, Little Rock, Dallas, San Antonio, and more, and three days a week ads cities like Tucson and Los Angeles.

Equipment & Accomidations

The Texas Eagle uses Superliner Equipment with coach class, roomettes, bedrooms, family, and accessible rooms for accommodation.

Food Options

The Texas Eagle cafe is open to all; flex dining for sleeping passengers between Chicago and San Antonio and traditional dining between San Antonio and Los Angles when the Texas Eagle cars join the Sunset Limited.

  • Eastbound meals by the day
    • One: no meals due to late deparute (train 422 only)
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner (train 422 only)
    • Three: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Four: breakfast and lunch
  • Westbond meals by the day
    • One: dinner
    • Two: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Three: breakfast, lunch, and dinner (train 421 only)
    • Four: No meal due to ealry arrivel (train 421 only)
DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONSDAY OF TRAVEL
#21/ #421 SouthboundChicago, IL – Poplar Bluff, MOFirst Day
Daily
Walnut Ridge, AR – San Antonio, TXSecond Day
Daily
#421 Westbound
Splits from #21
San Antonio, TX – Yuma, AZThird-Day for #422
Tue/Thu/Sun (Only)
Palm Springs, CA – Los Angeles, CAFourth Day for #422
Mon/Wed/Fri (Only)
DirectionCity Sections1st Run
#422 EastboundLos Angeles, CA – Ontario, CA1st Day
Wed/Fri/Sun
Palm Springs, CA – Sanderson, TX2nd Day
Mon/Thu/Sat
Del Rio, TX – San Antonio, TX3rd Day
Tue/Fri/Sun
#22 combines with #422San Antonio, TX – Little Rock, AR#22 1st Day/3rd Day Cont. of #422
Daily
Walnut Ridge, AR – Chicago, IL#22 1st Day/ 4th Day #422
Daily

Wrap up

I hope this page helps, and the information adds to your research and can add to your next Amtrak adventure. The route guides are printable or downloadable to your smart devices. If you have other questions, please reach out to me, and I will do my best to answer them.

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Safe travels!

Kev

Kev

Kev has traveled over 125,000 miles on over 660 trains all around the United States aboard Amtrak. When he is not on the move, Kev enjoys making music as an organist.

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