Amtrak Maple Leaf Schedule
Amtrak Maple Leaf Schedule

Maple Leaf (Amtrak) VIA 97 – 98: New York – Toronto

The Amtrak Maple Leaf offers daily service between New York and Toronto. This 544-mile route is run by two passenger railroads, Amtrak and VIA, and provides a seamless transition between them. The Maple Leaf is run by Amtrak and VIA.

The Amtrak Maple Leaf at the Borad crossing in Niagra Falls, Ontario. People are getting off the train and walking on the platform.
Amtrak Maple Leaf at the Niagara Falls boarding crossing.

Trains 63 and 64 operate as Amtrak services between New York and Niagara Falls, NY.

After crossing the Niagara River, these trains become VIA trains 97 and 98, operating between Toronto and Niagara Falls, ONT.

The equipment remains the same, but the crews and café food change at the border crossing.

This article will give you the train’s schedule and the basics so you can book and be prepared for your trip. 

Planning to cross the border? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. You WILL NEED a valid passport! Before you embark on your adventure, check out our border crossing page for all the necessary information. So, grab your ticket, sit back, and prepare for a hassle-free and unforgettable journey on the Maple Leaf train!

I took a train to Toronto in April 2024 and found the process easy. It’s worth noting that conductors will give you a Canadian Customs form to fill out after the last stop in Buffalo. It’s best to wait to fill it out because the tracks can be bumpy. If you’re crossing the border, don’t worry; you’ll have plenty of time to fill out the form at the Niagara Falls, NY stop, and the train will not be in motion.

Maple Leaf Schedule Changes

Effective Now – August 30, 2024
The Maple Leaf schedules will be adjusted as outlined below to accommodate trackwork being performed between Niagara Falls and Albany. Schedule times listed on Amtrak.com have been updated to reflect these changes.
Eastbound: Train 64 departs Niagara Falls at 11:40 am, 10 minutes earlier than usual, with intermediate station adjustments through Amsterdam; it will depart Schenectady regularly.
Westbound: Train 63 will have intermediate schedule adjustments between Syracuse and Buffalo, arriving at Niagara Falls 10 minutes later at 5:00 pm.

Amfleet 1
The inside of an Amtrak Amfleet 1 Coach Car found on many regional trains

Amtrak Maple Leaf coach class

Amtrak coach cars provide various amenities for a comfortable journey, including individual reading lights, a fold-down tray, 120v electric outlets, overhead racks, and a luggage shelf at one end.

Additionally, there are two restrooms at one end and trash receptacles at the other for your convenience.

Cars are typically laid out with seats facing the direction of travel, and here is an idea of how they are laid out.

Layout of an Amtrak regional train coach car
Regional Coach Car Layout

Amtrak/VIA Business class on the Maple Leaf

Bussiness Class
A look at Amtrak’s business class, the seat faces the direction of travel.

Business class includes extra legroom, a comfortable seat, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Business class is part of the cafe car.

Additionally, Business Class customers receive a 25% bonus on Amtrak Guest Rewards points.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is free and available on this train, but there is a chance that Wi-Fi may not be available in Candida.

Food on the Maple Leaf

One way I would like to break up a trip is to the cafe car, and you can do that at Amtrak’s Maple Leaf!

You may bring food and drink aboard the train, but you cannot consume alcohol on the train you brought aboard. Be aware that if you travel between countries, some food cannot cross borders; check if you have any questions.

This particular café operates differently from typical ones. Amtrak manages it as the train travels from New York to Niagara Falls, NY, but it closes after the Buffalo Exchange Street stop

VIA Cafe food on the Maple Leaf. The meal is a wrap and beer.
VIA Cafe food on the Maple Leaf

While in the USA

Amtrak removes all their food items before crossing the border. While passengers go through Customs, VIA takes over and stocks the café with its food and drinks until Toronto. If you go the other way, it’s the same thing but the reverse.

Amtrak passengers traveling through the USA can enjoy hot and cold meals, snacks, and beverages during most of the journey. 

The cafe car takes US currency during the US portions.

While in Canada

While the train is in Canada, VIA offers food and drinks, but they are not warm. The offers are smaller due to the shorter route in Canada.

The cafe will accept only credit cards, prepaid cards, and VIA Rail gift cards for onboard Café purchases in the Canadian section.

Amtrak Maple Leaf Add-ons

You can add a bike or pet to your next trip; check out the pet and bike policy.

Pets

Amtrak helping passenger
Amtrak conductor assists a passenger in getting to the right car. Photo Courtesy of Amtrak

Amtrak allows dogs and cats up to 20 pounds (combined weight of pet and carrier) while traveling in the USA, for you cannot bring pets on the Canadian sections of this route. There is paperwork you need to fill out before boarding the train. To get the full rules and paperwork, check out Amtrak’s pet policy.

For those with a service or comfort animal, check out Amtrak’s service animal policy to ensure it qualifies and for booking instructions.

Bikes

Amtrak allows a limited number of bikes on this train, so if you want to bring your bike, indicate when booking. Make sure you read Amtrak’s bike policy before booking.

Luggage

This train does not offer a checked bag service.

Each passenger may carry on:

  • One personal item, 25 lbs. (12 kg) and 14 x 11 x 7 inches
  • Two carry-on pieces of luggage, 50 lbs. (23 kg) and 28 x 22 x 14 inches each

If you transfer to the Pacific Surfliner at some point along your journey, the baggage size for that train is up to 28 x 22 x 11 inches each.

Charges apply for additional and oversized luggage; check out Amtrak’s carry-on bag policy for more information.

A quick look at crossing the US/Canadian Border

Information in this section is directly from Amtrak.

You must be prepared and honest when dealing with border officers to ensure things go smoothly.

Be aware of what you can bring into the country you are going to, including money and agricultural goods.

Sites like Customs and Border Protections can help you travel into the USA and Canada Border Services Agency to cross into Canada.

Ensure your documents are in order before reaching the Canadian/USA border. This includes your passport or equivalent paperwork, which is necessary for crossing. Additionally, have personal items together because they will go through customs with you, and you may return to a different car. 

It’s important to remember that having a valid passport or equivalent paperwork is a must when crossing the Canadian/USA border. Despite Amtrak’s reminders, I have heard of people trying to cross the border without one. 

Amtrak Maple Leaf can get delayed by border crossings

You may experience delays at border crossings. Such delays are usually due to either or both US and Canadian customs and immigration procedures and are beyond Amtrak’s control.

Inspections during travel to/from Toronto will occur in Niagara Falls. Passengers will detrain with baggage at the border, should be prepared to show the ID selected when making reservations, and will reboard the same train.

Amtrak Maple Leaf Schedule

Use this schedule as a guide; check with Amtrak or your eticket for exact times. If there are two times, the first is the arrival, the second is the departure, and if there is only one, it is a quick stop.

Click on the stations to see the services offered at that stop.

63
Westbound
Communities Served64
Eastbound
Read DownDaily TrainLast StopMiles
7:15aNew York, NY
Moynihan Train Hall (NYP)
9:16p0
7:44aYonkers, NY (YNY)8:37p14
8:03aCroton-Harmon, NY (CRT)8:17p32
8:45aPoughkeepsie, NY (POU)7:36p73
9:00aRhinecliff, NY (RHI)7:20p88
9:21aHudson, NY (HUD)6:57p114
9:50a | 10:10aAlbany-Rensselaer, NY (ALB)6:05p | 6:35p141
10:34aSchenectady, NY (SDY)5:36p159
10:52aAmsterdam, NY (AMS)4:55p177
11:50aUtica, NY (UCA)3:53p237
12:03pRome, NY (ROM)3:36p250
12:57pSyracuse, NY
Regional Transportation Center (SYR)
2:54p291
1:09pNew York State Fair (NYF) T2:26p
2:13pRochester, NY
Louise M. Slaughter Station (ROC)
1:34p370
3:19pBuffalo, NY – Depew Station (BUF)12:40p431
3:32pBuffalo, NY
Exchange Street Station (BFX)
12:25p437
4:50pNiagara Falls, NY (NFL)10:44a | 11:50a460
63
4:51p
98 (7098)*
Amtrak Train #
Canadian Boarder (CBN)
Amtrak Train Runs by Via#
64
10:43a
97 (7097)*
461
4:55p | 5:45pNiagara Falls, ON (NFS)10:28a462
6:08pSt. Catharines, ON (SCA)+9:58a
6:27pGrimsby, ON (GMS)+9:38a
7:04pAldershot, ON (AST)+9:01a
7:19pOakville, ON (OKL)+8:45a
7:43p Toronto, ON
Union Station (TWO)
8:20a544
Last StopStationsRead UpMiles
* Amtrak Number for Via’s train number +Stop not available through Amtrak, needs to be booked through VIA with a starting station of NRS
T = Only a stop during the New York State Fair.

Printable Amtrak Maple Leaf Schedule

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My goal is to keep these as updated as possible.

Safe Travels,

Kev

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Kevin Monteith

Kev Monteith has been traveling on Amtrak since 2012. With over a decade of experience, he has been on over 800 trains, covering over 200k miles of rail. Kev enjoys helping others achieve their travel dreams by providing support and information. Outside of travel, Kev enjoys making music as an organist and outings with family.

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