Amtrak’s Long-Distance Train Schedules

by Kev
Amtrak long-distance schedules

This page lists Amtrak’s current Long-Distance train schedules and breaks down what cities the train services each day. With Amtrak’s service reduction, it can be harder to plan a trip, so this page helps sort out when you can catch the train from where you are starting. This page will update as things change, daily downloadable schedules coming soon.

Amtrak train is returning to seven days a week service; click here for more info. The Cardinal and the Sunset Limited will remain their three days a week service as they did before the pandemic.

These reductions affected all long-distance trains except the Auto Train and the daily Silver Service between New York and Miami. Two Silver Service trains (Silver Star and Silver Meteor) alternate running to maintained daily service between New York and Miami (but for some intermediate stations in the Carolinas). Like the rest of the transportation industry dealing with COVID=19, Amtrak has taken a massive hit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

At this time, Amtrak.com is more helpful than the app for booking your next adventure if you are unsure what days the long-distance trains are running. The website will try to direct you to the next day of service, whereas the app does not assist with those issues (as of the publishing date).

Downloadable schedules are current as of publishing this article; Amtrak could change their schedules at any time. Downloadable timetables are under each table. These timetables/schedules are in a printable format.

Planning: Using Amtrak’s Long-Distance Train Schedules

To make it easier for you to plan, I came up with tables for each train; if you are not familiar with how the Amtrak system works, this could be handy for you.

Here is how to use this page on Amtrak’s Long-Distance Train Schedules

Find the trains you want; the California Zephyr is an excellent example because I often use that train. If I want to take the Zephry west out of Chicago to Omaha, NE, I see that my only options are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but what if you are leaving from Grand Junction, CO? I can look at the chart to see that stations between Lincoln, NE, and Salt Lake City, UT, now have service on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Sundays.

Amtrak’s Long-Distance Train Schedules: Routes and Days of Operations

Auto Train #52/#53 Schedule is staying the same

Service between Sanford, FL and Lorton, VA. There is no change to the frequency of this train.

DirectionCity SectionsDays of Operation
#52 NorthboundSanford, FL – Lorton, VADaily
#53 SouthboundLorton, VA – Sanford, FLDaily
This trains schedule has changed.

California Zephyr #5/#6 Daily service returns May 24, 2021

Service between Chicago, IL, and Emeryville, CA, with connecting bus service to San Francisco, CA.

DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#5 WestboundChicago- Omaha, NEMondayWednesdaySaturday
Lincoln, NE – Salt Lake City, UTTuesdayThuresaySunday
Elko NV – EmeryvilleWednesdayFridayMonday
Direction City Sections 1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#6 EastboundEmeryville, CA – Elko, NVTuesdayThursdaySaturday
Salt Lake City, UT – McCook, NEWednesdayFridaySunday
Holdrege, NE – Chicago, ILThursdaySaturdayMonday

Cardinal #50/#51 This train maintains its pre-pandemic three day a week service

Service between Chicago and New York Penn, NY. The Cardinal has been three day a week service before these changes.

DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#50 WestboundChicago, IL – Indianapolis, INTuesday ThursdaySaturday
Connersville, IN – New York, NYWednesdayFridaySunday
DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#51 EastboundNew York, NY – Maysville, KYSundayWednesdayFriday
Cincinnati, OH – Chicago, ILMondayThursdaySaturday
Normal Schedule for this train

Capitol Limited #29/#30 Daily service returns on May 31, 2021

Service between Chicago, IL and Washington D.C.

DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#29 WestboundWashington, D.C. – Pittsburg, PAWednesdayFridaySunday
Alliance, OH – Chicago, ILThursdaySaturdayMonday
DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#30 EastboundChicago, IL – Toledo, OHMondayThursdaySaturday
Alliance, OH – Washington D.C.TuesdayFridaySunday

City of New Orleans #58/#59 Daily service returns on May 31, 2021

Service between Chicago, IL and New Orleans, LA.

Direction City Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#58 NorthboundNew Orleans, LA- Memphis, TNWednesdayFridaySunday
Newbern-Dyersburg, TN – Chicago, ILThursdaySaturdayMonday
DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#59 SouthboundChicago, IL – Effingham, ILMondayThursdaySaturday
Centralia, IL – New Orleans, LATuesdayFridaySunday

Coast Starlight #11/#14 Daily service returns on May 24, 2021

Service between Los Angeles, CA, and Seattle, WA.

DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#11 SouthboundSeattle, WA – Klamath Falls, ORMondayWednesdaySaturday
Dunsmuir, CA – Los Angeles, CATuesdayThursdaySunday
DirectionCity Sections 1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#14 NorthboundLos Angeles, CA – Sacramento, CAMondayWednesdayFriday
Chico, CA – Seattle, WATuesdayThursdaySaturday

Crescent #19/#20 Daily service returns on June 7, 2021

Service between New Orleans, LA and New York, NY.

DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#19 SouthboundNew York, NY – Danville, VATuesdayFridaySunday
Greensboro, NC – New Orleans, LAWednesdaySaturdayMonday
DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#20 NorthboundNew Orleans, LA – Spartanburg, SCTuesdayThursdaySunday
Gastonia, NC – New York, NYWednesdayFridayMonday

Empire Builder #7/#8/#27/#28 Daily service returns on May 24, 2021

Service between Chicago , IL, and Seattle, WA/Portland, OR,

This train runs as one train between Chicago and Spokane, #7/#27, going west and #8/#28 going east. In Spokane, this train spits with #7 going to Seattle and #27 going to Portland. Trains #8 leaves Seattle, and #28 leaves Portland and then joins together in Spokane as train #8/#28 to Chicago.

DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#7/#27 WestboundChicago, IL – St. Paul/Minneapolis, MNMondayThursdaySaturday
St, Cloud, MN – Sandpoint, IDTuesdayFridaySunday
#7 WestboundSpokane, WA – Seattle, WAWednesdaySaturdayMonday
#27 WestboundSpokane, WA -Portland, ORWednesdaySaturdayMonday
DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#8 EastboundSeattle, WA – Ephrata, WATuesdayThursdaySaturday
#28 EastboundPortland, OR – Pasco, WATuesdayThursdaySaturday
#8/#28 EastboundSpokane, WA – Devils Lake, NDWednesdayFridaySunday
Grand Forks, ND – Chicago, ILThursdaySaturdayMonday
Days of operation for Amtrak long-distance trains.

Lake Shore Limited #48/#49/#448/#449 Daily service returns on May 31, 2021

Service between Chicago, IL, and Boston, MA/New York, NY.

This train runs as one train between Chicago and Albany-Rensselaer, NY, #49/#449, going east and #48/#448 going west. In Albany-Rensselaer, NY, this train spits with #48 going to New York and #448 going to Boston. Trains #49 leaves New York, and #449 leaves Boston and then joins together in Albany-Rensselaer, NY as train #49/#449 to Chicago.

DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#48/#448 EastboundChicago, IL – South Bend, INMondayThursdaySaturday
#48 EastboundElkhart, IN – New York, NYTuesdayFridaySunday
#448 EastboundElkhart, IN – Boston, MATuesdayFridaySunday
DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#49 WestboundNew York, NY – Rochester, NYWednesdayFridaySunday
#449 WestboundBoston, MA – Rochester, NYWednesdayFridaySunday
#49/#449 WestboundBuffalo-Depew, NY – Chicago, ILThursdaySaturdayMonday

Palmetto #89/#90 Daily service returns on June 7, 2021

Service between New York, NY, and Savanna, GA. The Palmetto is the only non-overnight long-distance train, so no sleepers or Flex/Traditional dining car.

DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#89 SouthboundNew York, NY – Savanna, GAMondayThursdaySaturday
#90 NorthboundSavanna, GA – New York, NYWednesdayFridaySunday
This is not an overnight train.

Silver Service Runs 7 Day Service With Amtrak’s Service Reductions

Amtrak Silver Star
Amtrak’s Silver Star in Orlando, FL

Amtrak’s Silver Service contains the Silver Meteor and Silver Star and runs between New York, NY, and Miami, FL. Even with Amtrak’s service reductions, these two trains offer daily service between those two cities. The other option is the daily Auto Train, although you need to bring your car to ride the Auto Train.

These routes are the same for the most part, but for a section between Rocky Mount, NC, and Savannah, GA, where the trains travel their regular route. The Silver Meteor parallels the coast, and the Star jogs inward for awhile. Click the button below to see the full network map.

Silver Meteor #97/#98 Daily service returns on June 7, 2021

DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run4th Run
#97 SouthboundNew York, NY – Rocky Mount, NCMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday
Fayetteville, NC – Miami, FLTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Directions City Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run4th Run
#98 NorthboundMiami, FL – Florence, NC (Myrtle Beach) SundayMondayTuesdayWednesday
Fayetteville, NC – New York, NYMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday

Silver Star #91/#92 Daily service returns on June 7, 2021

DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#91 Southbound New York, NY – Hamlet, NCSundayFridaySaturday
Camden, SC – Miami, FLMondaySaturdayMonday
DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
# 92 NorthboundMiami, FL – Jacksonville, FLThursdayFridaySaturday
Savana, GA – New York, NYFridaySaturdayMonday

Southwest Chief #3/#4 Daily service returns on May 31, 2021

Service between Chicago, IL, and Los Angeles, CA.

DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#3 WestboundChicago, IL – Lawrence, KSMondayThursdaySaturday
Topeka, KS – Kingman, AZTuesdayFridaySunday
Needles, CA – Los Angeles, CAWednesdaySaturdayMonday
DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#4 EastboundLos Angeles, CA – Barstow, CATuesdayThursdaySaturday
Needles, CA – Garden City, KSWednesdayFridaySunday
Dodge City, KS – Chicago, ILThursdaySaturdayMonday

Sunset Limited #1/#2 This train maintains its pre-pandemic three days a week schedule

Service between New Orleans, LA, and Los Angeles, CA. The Sunset Limited ran three days a week before the pandemic.

DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#1 WestboundNew Orleans, LA – Houston, TXMondayWednesdaySaturday
San Antonio, TX, – Yuma, AZTuesdayThursdaySunday
Palm Springs, AZ – Los Angeles, CAWednesdayFridayMonday
DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#2 EastboundLos Angeles, CA – Ontario, CASundayWednesdayFriday
Palm Springs, CA -Sander, TXMondayThursdaySaturday
Del Rio, TX – New Orleans, LATuesdayFridaySunday

Texas Eagle #21/#22/#421/#422 Daily service returns on May 24, 2021 for trains #21 & #22

Service between Chicago, IL, and San Antonio, TX/Los Angeles, CA. A sleeper and coach car from 21/22 are added to the Sunset Limited in San Antonio as train 421/422.

DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#21/ #421 SouthboundChicago, IL – Poplar Bluff, MOTuesdayFridaySunday
Walnut Ridge, AR – San Antonio, TXWednesdaySaturdayMonday
#421 Westbound
Splits from #21
San Antonio, TX – Yuma, AZThursdaySundayTuesday
Palm Springs, CA – Los Angeles, CAFridayMondayWednesday
DirectionCity Sections1st Run2nd Run3rd Run
#422 EastboundLos Angeles, CA – Ontario, CASundayWednesdayFriday
Palm Springs, CA – Sanderson, TXMondayThursdaySaturday
Del Rio, TX – San Antonio, TXTuesdayFridaySunday
#22 combines with #422San Antonio, TX – Little Rock, ARTuesdayFridaySunday
Walnut Ridge, AR – Chicago, ILWednesday,SaturdayMonday

I Hope This Helps You Figure Out Amtrak’s Long-Distance Train Schedules

I hope these Amtrak’s Long-Distance Train Schedules will help you plan your next Amtrak adventure. While traveling on the rails may be challenging right now, it is not impossible. During these times, thinking intermodality will help you.

Booking from Florida to Chicago could be tricky and reduced to one possible day for you to leave, but getting there is less challenging.

Safe Travels,

Kev

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