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When Amtrak’s Long-Distance trains are running in 2022

This page lists Amtrak’s current Long-Distance train schedules and breaks down the route by day. So if you are having issues, booking this page will help you figure out when you can book a train.

These charts will give you an idea of what you will see while on the train or know how long the train has been on the rails before it gets to you, and this info can be helpful if you are looking up tracking information.

A few things you should know

Some trains have returned to daily operation. Cardinal and Sunset Limited will remain three days a week service as they did before the pandemic. I am working on updating this page as I get updated myself, but things can change in the meantime.

Downloadable schedules are current as of the publishing date of this article; Amtrak can change them at any time. Downloadable timetables are under each table. These timetables/schedules are in a printable format. Currently, these schedules show the three-day-a-week service, but the times are still correct.

Amtrak’s Long-Distance Train Schedules

Abbreviations

S= Sunday, M = Monday, T = Tuesday, W = Wednesday, R = Thursday, F = Friday, U = Saturday

Auto Train #52/#53

The Auto Train will maintain its current daily schedule.

Service between Sanford, FL. and Lorton, VA, the Auto train does not have any intermediate stops.

DirectionCity Sections
#52 NorthboundSanford, FL – Lorton, VA
#53 SouthboundLorton, VA – Sanford, FL

California Zephyr #5/#6

Amtrak’s California Zephyr will not leave Chicago, IL, or Emeryville, CA, on Sundays and Monday. The Zephyr should return to a daily schedule starting on May 29. 2022.*

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

DirectionCity SectionsDay of the train’s travelDays of Service
#5 WestboundChicago, IL- Omaha, NE1st dayT, W, R, F, U
Lincoln, NE – Salt Lake City, UT2nd dayW, R, F, U, S
Elko NV – Emeryville3rd dayR, F, U, S, M
#6 EastboundEmeryville, CA – Elko, NV1st dayT, W, R, F, U
Salt Lake City, UT – McCook, NE2nd dayW, R, F, U, S
Holdrege, NE – Chicago, IL3rd DayR, F, U, S, M

Capitol Limited #29/#30

Capitol Limited is back to seven days a week service.

Service between Chicago, IL, and Washington D.C.

DirectionCity Sections Day of the train’s travel Days of service
#29 WestboundWashington, D.C. – Pittsburg, PA1st dayDaily
Alliance, OH – Chicago, IL2nd dayDaily
#30 EastboundChicago, IL – Toledo, OH1st dayDaily
Alliance, OH – Washington D.C.2nd dayDaily

Cardinal #50/#51

The Cardinal will maintain its current three-day-a-week schedule.

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

DirectionCity Sections Day of the train’s travel Days of Service
#50 WestboundChicago, IL – Indianapolis, IN1st dayT, R, U
Connersville, IN – New York, NY2nd dayW, F, S
#51 EastboundNew York, NY – Maysville, KY1st dayS, W, F
Cincinnati, OH – Chicago, IL2nd dayM, R, U
The regular schedule for this train

City of New Orleans #58/#59

Amtrak’s City of New Orleans does not leave Chicago, IL, or New Orleans. LA, on Sunday and Saturday, but could return to daily service starting September 18, 2022.*

Service between Chicago, IL, and New Orleans, LA.

Direction City Sections Day of the train’s travel Days of service
#58 NorthboundNew Orleans, LA- Memphis, TN1st dayM, T, W, R, F
Newbern-Dyersburg, TN – Chicago, IL2nd dayT, W, R, F, U
#59 SouthboundChicago, IL – Effingham, IL1st dayM, T, W, R, F
Centralia, IL – New Orleans, LA2nd dayT, W, R, F, U

Coast Starlight #11/#14

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight has returned to daily service.

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

DirectionCity Sections Day of the train’s travel Days of service
#11 SouthboundSeattle, WA – Klamath Falls, OR1st dayDaily
Dunsmuir, CA – Los Angeles, CA2nd dayDaily
#14 NorthboundLos Angeles, CA – Sacramento, CA1st dayDaily
Chico, CA – Seattle, WA2nd dayDaily

Crescent #19/#20

Amtrak’s Crescent does not leave New Orleans, LA, or New York, NY, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Crescent may return to daily service on September 13, 2022.

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

DirectionCity Sections Day of the train’s travel Days of service*
#19 SouthboundNew York, NY – Danville, VA1st dayT, W, R, F, U
Greensboro, NC – New Orleans, LA2nd dayW, T, F, U, S
#20 NorthboundNew Orleans, LA – Spartanburg, SC1st dayS, W, R, F, U
Gastonia, NC – New York, NY2nd DatM, R, F, U, S,
It appears to run seven days a week still.

Empire Builder #7/#8/#27/#28

Amtrak’s Empire Builder does not leave Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, or Chicago, IL on Thursday or Friday, with a daily schedule starting on May 26. 2022.*

This train runs with more than one route number. Service between Chicago, IL, and Seattle, WA/Portland, OR.

DirectionCity Sections Day of the train’s travel Days of service
#7/#27 WestboundChicago, IL – St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN1st dayS, M, T, W, U
St, Cloud, MN – Sandpoint, ID2nd dayM, T, W, R, S
#7 WestboundSpokane, WA – Seattle, WA3rd dayT, W, R, F, M
#27 WestboundSpokane, WA -Portland, OR3rd dayT, W, R, F, M
#8 EastboundSeattle, WA – Ephrata, WA1st dayS, M, T, W, U
#28 EastboundPortland, OR – Pasco, WA1st dayS, M, T, W, U
#8/#28 EastboundSpokane, WA – Devils Lake, ND2nd dayM, T, W, R, S
Grand Forks, ND – Chicago, IL3rd dayT, W, R, F, M
Days of operation for this Amtrak long-distance trains.

Lake Shore Limited #48/#49/#448/#449

Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited does not leave Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, or New York, NY, is back to daily service.

This train runs with more than one route number. Service between Chicago, IL, and Boston, MA/New York, NY.

DirectionCity Sections Day of the train’s travel Days of service
#48/#448 EastboundChicago, IL – South Bend, IN1st dayDaily
#48 EastboundElkhart, IN – New York, NY2nd dayDaily
#448 EastboundElkhart, IN – Boston, MA2nd dayDaily
#49 WestboundNew York, NY – Rochester, NY1st dayDaily
#449 WestboundBoston, MA – Rochester, NY2nd dayDaily
#49/#449 WestboundBuffalo-Depew, NY – Chicago, IL2nd dayDaily

Palmetto #89/#90

The Palmetto is maintaining its current daily schedule.

Service between New York, NY, and Savanna, GA. The Palmetto is the only non-overnight long-distance train, so there are no sleepers or dining cars.

DirectionCity Sections Day of the train’s travel
#89 SouthboundNew York, NY – Savanna, GASingle-day train
#90 NorthboundSavanna, GA – New York, NYSingle-day train
The Palmetto is not an overnight train.

Silver Service

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.

These trains run much of the same tracks but between Rocky Mount, NC, and Savannah, GA. The Star travels more inward between those cities while the Meteor travels closer to the coast. Here is a link to Amtrak’s network map.

The Silver Star stops at Tampa, but it is a connecting bus stop for the Silver Meteor.

Silver Meteor #97/#98

Amtrak suspended the Silver Meteor until September 14, 2022.

Suppose you need to travel to Fayetteville, NC, Dillon, SC,  Florence, SC (Myrtle Beach), Kingstree, SC, Charleston, SC, and Yemassee, SC; you may need to book the Palmetto. It could require an overnight stay in a transfer city, or a bus could be involved.

DirectionCity Sections Day of the train’s travel
#97 SouthboundNew York, NY – Rocky Mount, NC1st day
Fayetteville, NC – Miami, FL2nd Day
#98 NorthboundMiami, FL – Florence, NC (Myrtle Beach) 1st day
Fayetteville, NC – New York, NY2nd day

Silver Star #91/#92

The Silver Star will maintain its current schedule.

DirectionCity Sections Day of the train’s travel
#91 Southbound New York, NY – Hamlet, NC1st day
Camden, SC – Miami, FL2nd Day
# 92 NorthboundMiami, FL – Jacksonville, FL1st day
Savana, GA – New York, NY2nd day

Southwest Chief #3/#4

The Southwest Chief is back to daily service.

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

DirectionCity Sections Day of the train’s travel Days of service
#3 WestboundChicago, IL – Lawrence, KS1st dayDaily
Topeka, KS – Kingman, AZ2nd DayDaily
Needles, CA – Los Angeles, CA3rd dayDaily
#4 EastboundLos Angeles, CA – Barstow, CA1st dayDaily
Needles, CA – Garden City, KS2nd dayDaily
Dodge City, KS – Chicago, IL3rd dayDaily

Sunset Limited #1/#2

Sunset Limited will maintain its current three-day-a-week schedule.

Service between New Orleans, LA, and Los Angeles, CA, and the Sunset Limited runs three days a week as it did pre-pandemic.

DirectionCity Sections Day of the train’s travel Days of service
#1 WestboundNew Orleans, LA – Houston, TX1st dayM, W, U
San Antonio, TX, – Yuma, AZ2nd DayT, R, S
Palm Springs, AZ – Los Angeles, CA3rd dayW, F, M
#2 EastboundLos Angeles, CA – Ontario, CA1st dayS, W, F
Palm Springs, CA -Sander, TX2nd dayM, R, U
Del Rio, TX – New Orleans, LA3rd dayT, F, U

Texas Eagle #21/#22/#421/#422

The Texas Eagle runs daily between Chicago and San Antonio with a new time between Chicago and St. Louis, link to that is below.

This train runs with more than one route number. Service between Chicago, IL, and San Antonio, TX/Los Angeles, CA. Train #421/#422 runs three days a week like it has for years.

DirectionCity Sections Day of the train’s travel Days of service
#21/ #421 SouthboundChicago, IL – Poplar Bluff, MOFirst DayDaily for #21
Walnut Ridge, AR – San Antonio, TXSecond DayDaily for #21
#421 Westbound
Splits from #21
San Antonio, TX – Yuma, AZThird-Day for #422T, R, S
Palm Springs, CA – Los Angeles, CAFourth Day for #422W, F, M
DirectionCity Sections1st RunDays of service
#422 EastboundLos Angeles, CA – Ontario, CA1st dayS, W, F
Palm Springs, CA – Sanderson, TX2nd dayM, R, U
Del Rio, TX – San Antonio, TX3rd dayT, F, S
#422 combines with #22San Antonio, TX – Little Rock, AR1st Day #22/Cont. of #422Daily for #22
Walnut Ridge, AR – Chicago, IL2nd Day #22/ 4th Day #422Daily for #22

I hope this information can help you plan your next Amtrak adventure. If this page helped you out, and if you are interested in helping me out, check out this page.

Safe Travels,

Kev

*This date is based on when booking was available, checked on April 12, 2022, and this information can change at Amtrak’s discretion.

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. SusaninAK

    Thank you for this post! I have been tearing my hair out trying to figure out a trip which includes two Amtrak legs. This was a big help.

    1. Kev

      I am glad that I could help!
      Safe Travels,
      Kev

  2. Mary

    The last time I checked the SW Chief wasn’t running at all. Glad to hear things are rolling.

  3. Kevin

    To the best of your knowledge, the downloadable schedules for the Cardinal and SWChief are the most recent and are current?

    1. Kev

      The Cardinal for sure, the Southwest Cheif, the times are correct, but the trains run dates are not.

      Kev

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