Sunset Limited Schedule
Sunset Limited Schedule

Sunset Limited (Amtrak): LA to New Orleans

The Amtrak Sunset Limited is a Superliner train that runs three times a week in each direction, traveling between New Orleans, LA, and Los Angeles, CA. The train passes through several states, including Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, with 20 intermediate station stops. Notable cities along the route include San Antonio, El Paso, Tucson, and Phoenix, each adding its unique charm to the journey.

The train covers 1995 miles from end to end and completes its cross-country adventure in under 46 hours.

The Sunset Limited is longer between San Antonio and LA because it incorporates a few cars from the Texas Eagle. If traveling between those cities, you can book your trip on either train; choose the more affordable option.

This article provides the Sunset Limited schedule/timetable and the information you need to plan and book your next Amtrak adventure efficiently.

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

What you can see on a Sunset Limited adventure!

Embark on an unforgettable journey between Louisiana and California along our scenic southernmost route. Step aboard the Sunset Limited and immerse yourself in the captivating sights outside your window. From the enchanting Bayou Country to the rugged Mexican border, the vast, southwestern deserts, and the majestic peaks of California’s mountains, you’ll experience breathtaking scenery.

A red truck and a fake Prada store in the background in a desert.
The “Prada Store” in Marfa, TX.

Plus, make seamless connections to other Amtrak trains, such as the Texas Eagle, Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner, and San Joaquins, expanding your adventure further.

A few personal highlights on this journey include spotting the Prada Store in the desert and, if you’re lucky, enjoying a tasty burrito from the Burrito Lady in El Paso! On the other end of the route, the Huey P. Long Bridge is an exciting experience, giving the feeling of flying at one point and being in the middle of a highway at another. There is much more to see on this route.

Sunset Limited Booking Sidenote

If you get an error when booking this train, it could be because you are trying to book on a day this train does not run. Check the schedule below to see what day of the week the train stops.

If you are traveling between San Antonio and LA, it does not matter if you are on train 1 or 421; the same is true with 2 or 422. For more information, check out this article about trains with multiple route numbers.

The Amtrak Sunset Limited Limited has on-time performances and hosts railroads.

Delays can occur regardless of the mode of transportation. Regarding train travel, delays are sometimes beyond Amtrak’s control. It’s important to note that delays on Amtrak trains may be caused by factors such as weather and the actions of the host railroads.

From June 2023 to 2024, Amtrak’s Sunset Limited’s average passenger on-time performance was 53.0%, with an average delay of 116 minutes. For June 2024, the average passenger on-time performance was 42.0%, with an average delay of 128 minutes.

The host railroads and the cause of delays

Sunset Limited has to travel 15 or more miles to make this list, and these are the top two delays caused to Amtrak trains by these railroads. Learn more about the causes of Amtrak delays.

  • BNSF
    • The train runs on 190 miles of tracks
    • Delays caused by freight train interference and slow order delays.
  • UP
    • The train runs 1784 miles on UP tracks
    • Delays caused by freight train interference and slow order delays.

In fairness, slow order delays can be for safety, for example, if there is track work or extreme weather.

The information in this section is from the June 2024 Amtrak Host Railroad Report.

Coach Class Seating on the Sunset Limited

Amtrak Superliner coach seats
Amtrak Superliner lower-level coach seating (Photo courtesy of Amtrak.com)

Amtrak offers upper and lower seating options when traveling in the Sunset Limited coach class accommodations. These seats are designed for comfort and can recline, providing ample legroom for a relaxing journey. 

Each seat has a convenient fold-down tray and individual reading lights, catering to your comfort and convenience.

For your convenience, the Sunset Limited coach class has 120v grounded electric outlets (three prongs) on the wall under every window. 

Luggage storage is conveniently located above your seat, and additional storage is available on a rack on the lower level near the stairs, ensuring you have ample space for your belongings.

Bathrooms are situated on the lower level, ensuring easy access for all passengers.

Kev’s coach class travel tips

My first long-distance train trip was in coach class. Since that first trip in 2014, I have been in coach class on several trains. A few things I do make my trips better:

Amtrak superliner Coach class car aisle
Amtrak Superliner coach seating

1. Pack a water bottle and snacks! While you can purchase food and drinks on the train, having a water bottle handy is essential. I notice that when I am on the train for a long time, I get dry, similar to when you fly. So, having a water bottle will help; those snacks are helpful when the cafe is closed.

2. Bring an extension cord. The outlet is under the window, so you may need to bother your seatmate if you have an aisle seat. But if you bring an extension cord, you can run it to your side without bothering them and plug in more than one thing.

3. Remember your electronics and electronic accessories! Your phone and tablet are only helpful if you keep them charged, so remember your chargers and cords. Also, bring comfortable headphones. If it makes noise, you need headphones!

4. If you spend the night on the train, consider bringing a pillow and blanket, as Amtrak does not provide them. Amtrak does sell comfort kits in the cafe car, but they could run out. An eye mask, earplugs, and a sleep aid may also help you.

5. You will not have access to a shower; I found wet wipes help you feel fresh.

Amtrak provides window views for entertainment, but for more options, explore my Amtrak entertainment ideas. The Sunset Limited does not offer Wi-Fi.

Sunset Limited coach class car layout

Amtrak Superliner Coach Car Diagram
Superliner coach car diagram: Some cars do not have lower seating but have a space for baggage.

Sleeper Car (Rooms) on the Sunset Limited

Two people in an Amtrak bedroom
Inside of a Superliner Bedroom. (Photo courtesy of Amtrak.com)

All rooms include:

  • Fresh linens and towels
  • Traditional Dining
  • Lounge access in Los Angeles and New Orleans
  • Dedicated car attendant
  • Curtains for privacy and to block out the light
  • Room lights, plus night and reading lights.
  • Your room will have a closet or a hook to hang things, and Amtrak will provide hangers.

Types of rooms offered

There are four types of rooms offered on this train.

  • Roomette
    • Grand for one cozy for two
    • 1-10 on the upper level and 11-14 on the lower.
  • Bedroom
    • Great for two and offers the most out of any accommodation on this train!
    • Only on the upper level and have ensuite bathroom/shower
  • Family bedroom
    • This car is great for two adults and two little ones.
    • On the lower level of the car
  • Accessible room
    • A room for those with mobility challenges.
    • Room for a travel companion

Superliner sleeper car layout

Superliner Sleeper
The layout of a Superliner Sleeper Car.

Sunset Limited add-ons

You can add a few things to your reservations that could improve your trip.

Bikes

  • Space is available for standard, full-size bicycles.
    • Up to 50 lbs, 70 inches x 41 inches x 8.5 inches
    • Amtrak stores bikes in the baggage car (if available).
  • Learn more about this and the complete rules on Amtrak’s bike policy page.

Pets and service animals

  • Amtrak allows dogs and cats to be allowed if they meet these qualifications.
    • You are allowed up to 20 pounds with the combined weight of the pet and carrier.
    • Your trip needs to be seven hours or less.
    • Your fluffy friend needs to be on your reservation
      • After you complete your reservation, Amtrak will electronically send you a form to fill out before you leave for the station. You can also find the paperwork in the My Trip section.
  • To learn more, check out Amtrak’s pet policy.

If you have a service or comfort animal, please read Amtrak’s service animal policy before booking your trip.

Luggage: checked and carry on

Please take note of the following information on checking baggage on Sunset Limited.

Not all stations are equipped to handle checked baggage, so please click on the station links below to check if they offer this service.

To check your baggage, your first and last stops must offer this service. Amtrak allows you to check two bags per person, each weighing up to 50 lbs and measuring a maximum of seventy-five linear inches, free of charge.

Additional fees apply for extra or oversized luggage. Each passenger can check up to four bags. For more details, please refer to Amtrak’s checked bag service policy.

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.

Acceablilty on this train

There is a wheelchair ramp that is available to assist passengers with a wheeled mobility device in boarding and detraining. There is also lower-level coach seating for those with mobility challenges and an accessible bedroom if you want private and more space.

Food service on the Amtrak Sunset Limited

There are two food cars on this train!

Amtrak Cafe

A sandwisch, coffee, water, and brownie from an Amtrak cafe car.
A meal from the Amtrak Cafe Car

The café is on the lower level of the Sightseer Lounge. The car is between the dining room and coach cars in the train’s center. The cafe takes cash and cards; if you want to use a card onboard or buy an adult beverage, have your ID ready.

It is generally open from 6 am to 10 pm, but hours may vary, so please listen for announcements. The car does close during the day for the attendant’s meal breaks.

You can purchase a variety of hot and cold meals and snacks, as well as hot, cold, and adult beverages. The café attendant will warm your purchased products. Selections can change, and the availability of all items along your adventure is not guaranteed, for this car gets filled at the beginning of the trip.

You can bring food and drinks aboard the train, but Amtrak cannot heat, refrigerate, or store them. You can only drink alcohol you brought on the train if you are in a sleeper’s accommodation. If you are in coach class, leave it packed, or you could get removed from the train.

Amtrak Sunset Limited Dining Car

Amtrak omelette breakfast
An Amtrak traditional dining omelet breakfast.

The Sunset Limited features a dining car that provides sit-down meals, traditional chef-prepared dishes, and table service.

There are breakfast, lunch, and three-course dinner options and choices for kids. Along with your meals, you get complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, but the dining car offers a variety of wine, beer, and spirits for purchase. If you eat dinner on the train, your first adult beverage is on Amtrak!

Meals are complimentary for sleeping passengers and can be eaten in the dining car or delivered to their rooms. Limited reservations are available for coach passengers, and the meals are at a set price.

The Sunset Limited Broken Down By The Day And Dining Car Meals Offered

If you are looking to see what meals you get on the Sunset Limited, this table will help you figure it out.

DIRECTIONCITY SECTIONSDAY OF TRAVELMEALS OFFERED
#1 WestboundNew Orleans, LA – Houston, TX1Lunch & Dinner
San Antonio, TX, – Yuma, AZ2Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Palm Springs, AZ – Los Angeles, CA3No Meal – 5:35 am arrivel
#2 EastboundLos Angeles, CA – Ontario, CA1No Meal – late departure
Palm Springs, CA -Sander, TX2Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Del Rio, TX – New Orleans, LA3Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
The route by the day.

Amtrak Sunset Limited Schedule

It is a short stop if the station does not list an Arrival and departure time. This train runs three days a week, as indicated under the times.

Trains 1
Westbound
Communities ServedTrain 2
Eastbound
Read DownRuns Three Times A WeekMilesLast Stop
9:00a
Mo, We, Sa
New Orleans, LA
Union Passenger Terminal (NOL)
09:40p
Tu, Fr, Su
10:30aSchriever, LA (SCH)567:03p
11:56aNew Iberia, LA (NIB)1275:41p
12:24pLafayette, LA (LFT)1455:15p
1:55pLake Charles, LA (LCH)2193:29p
3:34p | 3:48pBeaumont, TX (BMT)2811:53p | 2:05p
6:18p | 6:55p
Mo, We, Sa
Houston, TX
Amtrak Station (HOS)
36311:10a | 12:10p
12:05a | 2:45a
Tu, Th, Su
San Antonio, TX (SAS)5735:00a | 6:25a
5:52aDel Rio, TX (DRT)7421:12a
Tu, Fr, Su
8:27aSanderson, TX (SND)86810:46p
Mo, Th, Sa
10:31a | 10:41aAlpine, TX (ALP)9598:45p | 8:55
1:25p | 1:50pEl Paso, TX
Union Depot (ELP)
11783:00p | 3:45p
3:38pDeming, NM (DEM)126412:48p
4:33pLordsburg, NM (LDB)132511:53a
5:38pBenson, AZ (BEN)14438:53a 
7:00p | 7:15pTucson, AZ (TUS)14937:38a | 7:53a
8:32p | 9:02pMaricopa, AZ (MRC)15975:35a | 5:55a
11:49p
Tu, Th, Su
Yuma, AZ (YUM)17442:47a
2:02a
We, Fr, Mo
Palm Springs, CA
Amtrak Station (PSN)
189012:36a
Mo, Th, Sa
3:54aOntario, CA (ONA)195710:54p
Su, We, Fr
4:04aPomona, CA (POS)196410:41p
5:35a
We, Fr, Mo
Los Angeles, CA –
Union Station (LAX)
199510:00p
Su, We, Fr
Last StopStationMilesRead Up
‘This chart is a guide; always check with the electric version of your tick for the most up-to-date times or consult the Amtrak website.

Abbreviations

R = Receive passengers only; this means you can board the train, but you cannot buy a ticket on this train to this station.

D = Depart only; you can buy a ticket to this station but not from this station.

* = Stations with Amtrak Connecting Services.

Printable Amtrak Sunset Limited Schedule

You can print the schedule below or custom schedules catered to your tip from Amtrak.com, with layover and other transportation. Learn how to print Amtrak schedules.

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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.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Jen in TX

    Thank you so, so much for all of this info. We are planning a trip with several segments and this is SO helpful!

    1. Kev

      I am glad to help; if you have other questions, let me know! Safe Travels, Kev

  2. Kevin Monteith

    I fixed it! I think what you wanted is now there.

    Happy planning and safe travels!
    Kev

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