Amtrak Texas Eagle
Amtrak Texas Eagle

The Amtrak Texas Eagle: A new passenger’s guide

The Amtrak Texas Eagle is a daily Superliner train traveling between Chicago and San Antonio, TX, and three days a week, the train continues service to and from LA as part of the Sunset Limited. To see this train’s stops, check out the schedule section.

Track Work That Affects Texas Eagle Trains 422

Union Pacific Railroad is doing track work that impacts the schedule of Texas Eagle, Trains 422, from February 11 – March 24, 2024. Schedule times listed on Amtrak.com have been updated to reflect these changes.

Trains 422 will operate on a 3-hour schedule from Los Angeles to El Paso, departing Los Angeles at 7:00 pm, operating on a 2 ½ hours earlier schedule from El Paso to Alpine and 2 hours earlier from Alpine to San Antonio. The Texas Eagle will return to its regular schedule between San Antonio and Chicago, departing San Antonio at 7:00 am.

From Chicago to San Antonio, the train travels 1305 miles and is scheduled to take 32 hours, but wait, you can ride more! Passengers can travel from Chicago to Los Angeles, and that trip is 2728 miles, scheduled to take 66 hours,

The Texas Eagle between LA and Chicago is the longest Amtrak ride!

A quick look at the Amtrak Texas Eagle

Here is a quick look at this train.

  • Accommodations on the Texas Eagle
    • Coach class
    • Sleeping accommodations (rooms)
  • Food Services
    • There is a cafe car open to all passengers.
    • Sleeper car passenger meals
      • Between Chicago and San Antonio, flex dining
      • Between San Antonio and Los Angeles traditional dining.
  • This train does not have Wi-Fi
  • Smoking and vaping are prohibited.
  • This train offers checked baggage service between some stops.

My first Amtrak trip in a Superliner roomette was on the Texas Eagle, and that experience hooked me on getting sleeping accommodations. This train offers several great views and a great train if you want the most train time!

Booking on the Amtrak Texas Eagle

You can use Amtrak.com, the Amtrak app, or call them at 1-800-USA-Rail, but this train does have a unique twist. Three days a week, you have two choices: 21/22 or 421/422.

The 400 section of the Eagle gets hooked onto two other trains, the Texas Eagle and the Sunset Limited, so if you get more than one option, you can choose whichever is cheaper or you like better. You can learn more about trains with multiple train numbers.

Accommodations for the Amtrak Texas Eagle

Here is an overview of what accommodations are available to you.

Coach Class Seating

The Texas Eagle has Amtrak coach seating,

Amtrak Superliner coach seats
Amtrak Superliner lower-level coach seating (Photo courtesy of Amtrak.com)
  • Upper and lower-level seating options
  • Comfortable reclining seats with ample legroom
  • A fold-down tray
  • individual reading lights
  • Grounded (three-prong) 120v electric outlets on the wall.
    • Pack and extension cord.
  • Coach storage
    • There are overhead luggage racks.
    • Additionally, there is luggage storage on the lower level.
  • Restrooms are in each car on the lower level.

This accommodation does not have access to showers, but in the Amtrak shower article, there are some ideas for coach passengers to stay fresh as they travel.

Sleeper Car (Rooms)

All Texas Eagle rooms include:

  • Fresh linens and towels
  • Complimentary meals between Chicago and San Antonio
  • Traditional Dining from San Antonio and LA.
  • Lounge access in Chicago and Los Angeles
  • Dedicated car attendant
  • Curtains are on all windows to block out light and give you privacy.

Roomettes offer passengers seating by day that turns into upper and lower berths at night, and you can use the shower in the car. This room is great for one but cozy for two passengers. These rooms are found on the upper and lower levels.

Bedrooms give you twice the space of a roomette and more. This room also gives you seating by day and upper and lower berths by night, but it also offers an in-room sink, restroom, and shower. All of these rooms are on the upper level of the car.

The accessible room offers accommodations for a disabled passenger traveling solo or with a travel companion. This bedroom is located on the lower level of the train and provides ample space for a wheelchair, with a sofa for two by day and an upper and lower berth for the night.

A Family Bedroom provides seating and berths for two adults and two smaller kids. They also offer access to a shower, and it is also on the lower level of the car. This room is the car’s width and as long as a roomette.

Add on’s for this train.

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 designated bike racks/areas inside Coach passenger cars or the baggage car (if available). Check out the Amtrack bicycle page for more information and the latest policy.

Pets

You can bring your cat or dog aboard the Texas Eagle, but there are a few restrictions and paperwork. Your cat or dog must be under 20 pounds, including pet and carrier, and your journey must be under seven hours. Before booking, read the Amtrak pet policy; there, you will also find the necessary paperwork.

If you plan to bring a service or comfort animal, before booking, review the Amtrak service animal policy to ensure your animal qualifies and for booking instructions.

Luggage

You need to know a few things if you want to check baggage.

  • Amtrak allows two bags up to 50 lbs. and 75 linear inches per person for free.
  • You can check two additional bags for a fee.
  • Charges apply for additional and oversized luggage,
  • Not all locations can handle checked baggage
  • Your first and last station needs to offer checked bag service.
    • Click the station links below to see if they offer checked baggage service.

Each passenger may carry on:

  • One personal item, 25 lbs. (12 kg) and 14 x 11 x 7 inches, and 
  • 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.

Accessibility on the Eagle

Wheelchair Ramp is available to assist passengers in boarding and detraining with a wheeled mobility device.

For accommodations, there are accessible sleeping accommodations available, but there could be other rooms could be available based on your abilities. There is also lower-level coach class seating.

Food offerings on the Texas Eagle

The cafe car is open to all passengers throughout the route but is closed at night and for breaks.

The cafe features a variety of meals, snacks, and beverages for sale, and it is available for all customers from early morning until late at night.

If you are traveling between Chicago and San Antonio, the cafe car is between coach and sleeping car, and you will find the attendant on the upper level.

For those traveling between San Antonio and Los Angeles, the cafe is on the lower level of the Sightseer car between the coach and dining car.

Dining for sleeper passengers

You could eat one or both Amtrak sleeper car meal styles depending on where you get on or off the train.

Meals on trains 21/22 & 421/422 between Chicago, IL, and San Antonio, TX

Flex dining is a complimentary meal system for sleeping passengers, and they can be consumed in their rooms or the cafe car. Flex dining meals are warmed-prepared meals for breakfast and dinner, plus complimentary beverages. These meals are not available to coach passengers.

Meals on trains 421/422 between San Antonio, TX, and Los Angeles, CA

Traditional dining is complimentary dining for customers to enjoy in the dining car or their sleeping accommodation. If space is available, coach passengers can eat in the dining car with reservations, and for coach passengers, meals are a set price.

These are chef-prepared meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with table service, selections for kids, and a wide array of wine, beer, and spirits.

Tips for first-time Amtrak Texas Eagle rides!

We only know as much as you know, and this section is here to help you expand your knowledge base.

If you are booking, you can do it on your own via Amtrak’s app or website, or if you need help, you can go to a staffed station or call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-Rail.

Not all Amtrak Texas Eagle stations are staffed; you can learn about the different Amtrak stations. As you prepare for your trip, you may have questions about tickets and boarding the train. You can use digital tickets or print them out, and do not forget to bring an ID. If this is your first trip, or you have not been on Amtrak in a while, you may want to check out my article on boarding Amtrak trains.

Amtrak Texas Eagle Schedule

There is a temporary schedule change for train 422 between Los Angeles and San Antonio, and it is noted on this schedule in red or the earlier time.

Trains 21/421
Westbound
Communities ServedTrain 22/422
Eastbound
Read DownDaily to San Antonio, TXMilesRead Up
1:55pChicago, IL
Union Station (CHI)
01:42p
2:50pR Joliet, IL (JOL) D3712:45p
3:33pPontiac, IL (PON)9211:36a
4:07pBloomington-Normal, IL
(BNL)
12411:06a
4:33pLincoln, IL (LCN)15610:26a
5:11pSpringfield, IL (SPI)1859:58a 
5:40pCarlinville, IL (CRV)2249:18a
6:11pAlton, IL (ALN)2578:54a
7:11p | 7:55pSt. Louis, MO
Gateway Station (STL)
2847:24a | 8:08a
10:02Arcadia, MO (ACD)3764:17a | 4:19a
11:42pPoplar Bluff, MO (PBF)4532:44a
12:37aWalnut Ridge, AR (WNR)5131:41a
3:02a | 3:10aLittle Rock, AR
Union Station (LRK)
63411:31p | 11:39p
3:55aMalvern, AR (MVN)67710:26p
4:20aArkadelphia, AR (ARK)69410:02p
5:09aHope, AR (HOP)7419:18p
5:58aTexarkana, AR (TXA)7748:43p
7:40a | 7:50aMarshall, TX (MHL)8407:01p | 7:31p
8:28aLongview, TX (LVW)8646:15p
9:25aMineola, TX (MIN)9125:15p
11:30a | 11:50aDallas, TX
Eddie Bernice Johnson
Union Station (DAL)
9913:20p | 3:40p
1:25p | 2:10pFort Worth, TX (FTW)10221:58p | 2:20p
2:52pCleburne, TX (CBR)10501:00p
4:00pMcGregor, TX (MCG)112511:51a
4:43pTemple, TX (TPL)115011:25a
5:36pTaylor, TX (TAY)118810:22a
6:22p | 6:30pAustin, TX (AUS)12239:23a | 9:31a
7:12pSan Marcos, TX (SMC)12538:32a
9:55pSan Antonio, TX (SAS)13057:00a
21 endTexas Eagle/Sunset Limited
Runs three times a week
22 strat
2:45a
421 Tu, Th, Su
San Antonio, TX (SAS)13053:00a 5:00a
Tu, Fr, Su
5:52aDel Rio, TX (DRT)1475 11:12p 1:12a
Tu, Fr, Su
8:27aSanderson, TX (SND)16008:46p 10:46p
Mo, Th, Sa
10:31a | 10:41aAlpine, TX (ALP)16926:15p | 6:55p
8:45p | 8:55p
1:25p | 1:50pEl Paso, TX
Union Depot (ELP)
192012:00p | 1:15p
3:00p | 3:45p
3:38pDeming, NM (DEM)19989:48a 12:48p
4:33pLordsburg, NM (LDB)20588:53a 11:53a
6:38pBenson, AZ (BEN)21766:53a 9:53a
8:00p | 8:15pTucson, AZ (TUS)22265:38a | 5:53a
8:38a | 8:53a
9:32p | 10:02pMaricopa, AZ (MRC)23123:35a | 3:55a 
6:35a | 6:55a
12:49p
Tu, Th, Su
Yuma, AZ (YUM)247712:47a 3:47a
2:02a
We, Fr, Mo
Palm Springs, CA
Amtrak Station (PSN)
2622 9:36p 12:36a
Mo, Th, Sa
3:54aOntario, CA (ONA)26907:54p 10:54p
Su, We, Fr
4:04aPomona, CA (POS)2696 7:41p 10:41p
5:35a
We, Fr, Mo
Los Angeles, CA
Union Station (LAX)
27287:00p 10:00p
422 Su, We, Fr
Last StopStationsMilesRead 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.

Printable Amtrak Texas Eagle Schedule

You can use the button below or print a custom schedule from Amtrak.com. Learn how to print your own Amtrak schedule.

Amtrak Texas Eagle Schedule Abbreviations

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

D = Depart only; you cannot buy a ticket from this station to Chicago on this train.

* = Stations with Amtrak Connecting Services.

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