The Auto Train Schedule is the same for North and Southbound trains.
Auto Train Station Times
Lorton, VA, and Sanford, FL, station hours are 9:15 am to 4:45 pm.; the hours can change if there are delays.
Amtrak’s Auto Train Schedule
The Auto Train has the same schedule for both the North and Southbound trains.
Remember: you must get to the station early! Amtrak has a strict check-in cut-off time of 3 pm, and this is a hard cut-off time.
If the Auto Train is ready early, CSX may allow the train to depart before the scheduled time.
|Auto Train Schedule||Miles||Time|
|Check-in starts for all vehicles.||12:30 pm|
|Last chance for Passengers to check in their vehicles; Amtrak will provide no exceptions.||3:00 pm|
|Passenger boarding anytime after||3:00 pm|
|The train departs the station||0||5:00 pm|
|The train arrives at the destination||855||9:59 am|
Other Auto Train Stops
The Auto train has no scheduled intermediate stops for passengers and cars., but there is a service stop in Florance, SC. At this stop, the gets refueled and change conductors and engineers.
This stop is a fresh air break, but ask conductors or attendants before departing to make sure.
If you get off the train, stay close because the train leaves whenever the refueling is complete and the crew changes. Since this is not a scheduled stop, the train can leave whenever everything is ready.
If you do not catch the train in time, your car will travel without you. Your vehicle might enjoy solo travel, but it will delay your trip. Plus, you may have to wait 24 hours for the next train and have a lot of explaining to Amtrak why you missed the train.
Amtrak Service Alerts and Notices
Check here to check for any alerts or notices for your trip!
Amtrak’s Auto Train Schedule Wrap-up
The information below is what I could put together from Amtrak’s website. I will update this information as needed.
If you have questions about the schedule, I invite you to contact Amtrak’s Auto Train hotline: 1-877-SKIP-I-95 (1-877-754-7495).
If you are looking for more information on Amtrak’s Auto Train, I have an overview article on Auto Train and one that lets you know where your room is on the train.
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