Get the Amtrak Empire Builder Schedule, printable timetables, and the basics of this train with links to more detailed info.
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Accommodations Offerings for the Empire Builder
Coach seating – features comfortable reclining seats with ample legroom and a fold-down tray, individual reading lights, and 120v electric outlets.
Sleeper Car (Rooms)
All rooms include:
- Fresh linens and towels
- Complimentary meals
- Lounge access in Chicago, St Paul, and Portland, OR.
- Dedicated car attendant
Family Bedroom – These rooms provide seating and berths for two adults and two smaller kids. They also offer access to a shower.
Bedroom – these rooms give you twice the space of a Roomette with seating by day, upper and lower berths by night, and an in-room restroom and shower.
Roomette – these accommodations offer passengers seating by day that turns into upper and lower berths at night. Additionally, you have access to a shower in your car.
Accessible Room – these rooms offer accommodations for passengers with a disability; accessible Bedrooms are located on the lower level of the train and provide ample space for a wheelchair, with a sofa for two by day and upper and lower berth for the night.
Bikes, pets, and luggage
Bicycle – 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).
Pet – Amtrak allows dogs and cats up to 20 pounds (combined weight of pet and carrier) for trips up to seven hours.
Checked Baggage – Two bags up to 50 lbs. and 75 linear inches are allowed per person for free. Charges
apply for additional and oversized luggage. Not all locations can handle checked baggage. Click the station links below to see if they offer checked baggage service.
Wheelchair Ramp – is available to assist passengers in boarding and detraining with a wheeled mobility device.
Food offerings on the Empire Builder
Cafe – is found on the lower level of the Sightseer lounge featuring a variety of meals, snacks, and beverages for sale, and it is available for all customers from early morning until late at night. The cafe car is not open on trains 7/8 between Seattle and Spokane.
Traditional dining – These are chef-prepared meals with table service, selections for kids, and a wide array of wine, beer, and spirits. Sleeping passengers can have meals brought to their rooms.
The meals are complimentary for customers with sleeping accommodations or at set prices for coach passengers. Amtrak can limit seating for coach passengers.
Coach passengers can start using the dining car if their train departs on March 1, 2023, or later.
Note: Traditional dining is unavailable on train 27/28 between Portland, OR, and Spokane, WA. Sleeper passengers will receive food from their car attendant or get further instructions.
2023 Amtrak Empire Builder Schedule
The Empire Builder is one of Amtrak’s trains that split/comes together during its route.
Westward, the two trains run as one to Spokane, where it splits, one heading to Seattle and the other to Portland. On the return trip, one starts in Seattle and another in Portland, becoming one in Spokane.
The Schedules For Stops Between Chicago, IL and Spokane, WA
|Communities Served||–||Train 8/28|
|Read Down||Daily Train||Miles||Read up|
Union Station (CHI) (CT)
|3:29p||Glenview, IL (GLN) (Metra)||17||4:12p|
|4:35p | 4:45p||Milwaukee, WI|
|85||2:57p | 3:05p|
|5:55p||Columbus, WI (CBS) (Madison)||150||1:47p|
|6:24p||Portage, WI (POG)||178||1:17p|
|6:42p||Wisconsin Dells, WI (WDL)||195||12:58p|
|7:20p||Tomah, WI (TOH)||240||12:16p|
|8:40p||La Crosse, WI *|
Amtrak Station (LSE)
|8:34p | 8:40p||Winona, MN (WIN)||308||10:54a | 11:01a|
|9:42p||Red Wing, MN (RDW)||371||9:44a|
|10:56p | 11:13p||St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN*|
Union Depot (MSP)
|410||8:33a | 8:50a|
|1:09a||St. Cloud, MN (SCD)||486||6:32a|
|2:10a||Staples, MN (SPL)||552||5:27a|
|3:06a||Detroit Lakes, MN (DLK)||614||4:27a|
|4:13a||Fargo, ND (FAR)||662||3:21a | 3:29a|
|5:34a||Grand Forks, ND (GFK)||737||2:10a|
|6:59a||Devils Lake, ND (DVL)||822||12:44a|
|7:53a||Rugby, ND (RUG)||879||11:49p|
|9:06a | 9:51a||Minot, ND (MOT)||940||10:08p | 10:53p|
|10:46a||Stanley, ND (STN)||994||8:22p|
|11:59a||Williston, ND (WTN) (CT)||1061||7:21p|
|12:34p||Wolf Point, MT (WPT) (MT)||1168||4:32p|
|1:20p||Glasgow, MT (GGW)||1217||3:44p|
|2:20p||Malta, MT (MAL)||1283||2:43p|
|3:54p | 4:15p||Havre, MT (HAV)||1370||1:05p | 1:24p|
|6:13p | 6:21p||Shelby, MT (SBY) *||1475||11:20a | 11:28a|
|6:51p||Cut Bank, MT (CUT)||1499||10:27a|
|7:28p||Browning, MT (BRO) W||1532||9:52a|
|7:48p||East Glacier Park, MT (GPK) W||1547||9:36a|
|8:44p||Essex, MT (ESM)|
Izaak Walton Inn
|9:27p||West Glacier, MT (WGL) (Apgar)||1603||7:57a|
|10:06p | 10:21p||Whitefish, MT (WFH)||1626||7:11a | 7:26a|
|12:05a||Libby, MT (LIB) (MT)||1728||5:11a|
|12:55a||Sandpoint, ID (SPT) (PT)||1813||2:20a|
|Train 7||Train to/from Seattle|
Portland Section Below
|2:49a | 3:24a||Spokane, WA *|
Amtrak Station (SPK)
|1879||12:37a | 1:15a|
|5:34a||Ephrata, WA (EPH)||1998||9:58p|
|6:40a | 6:50a||Wenatchee, WA *|
Amtrak Station (WEN)
|2050||8:51p | 8:57p|
Icicle Station (LWA)
|9:53a||Everett, WA (EVR)||2171||5:55p|
|10:25a||Edmonds, WA (EDM)||2188||5:27p|
|11:29a||Seattle, WA *|
King Street Station (SEA) (PT)
|Train 27||Train to/from Portland||Miles||Train 28|
|2:49a | 3:54a||Spokane, WA *|
Amtrak Station (SPK)
|1879||12:17a | 1:15a|
|6:45a||Pasco, WA (PSC) *||2025||9:06p|
|8:40a||Wishram, WA (WIH) (The Dallas)||2150||6:59p|
|9:15a||Bingen-White Salmon, WA (BNG)||2180||6:24p|
|10:35a||Vancouver, WA (VAN)||2254||5:09p|
Union Station (PDX) (PT)
Printable Amtrak Empire Builder Schedule
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. The train may leave early from this stop.
W = Seasonal station from October to April.
* = Stations with Amtrak Connecting Services.
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