Amtrak’s Long-Distance Train Schedules

by Kev
Amtrak Chicago Yard

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.

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. Amtrak does have plains of restoring full service at some point.

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

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, VASunday – Saturday
#53 SouthbondLorton, VA – Sanford, FLSunday – Saturday

California Zephyr #5/#6

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

DirectionCity SectionsDays of Operation
#5 WestboundChicago- Omaha, NEMonday, Wednesday, Saturday
Lincoln, NE – Salt Lake City, UTTuesday, Thursday, Sunday
Elko NV – EmeryvilleWednesday, Friday, Monday
#6 EastboundEmeryville, CA – Elko, NVTuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Salt Lake City, UT – McCook, NEWednesday, Friday, Sunday
Holdrege, NE – Chicago, ILThursday, Saturday, Monday

Cardinal #50/#51

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

DirectionCity SectionsDays of Operation
#50 WestboundChicago, IL – Indianapolis, INTuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Connersville, IN – New York, NYWednesday, Friday, Sunday
#51 EastboundNew York, NY – Maysville, KYSunday, Wednesday, Friday
Cincinnati, OH – Chicago, ILMonday, Thursday, Saturday
Normal Schedule for this train

Capitol Limited #29/#30

Service between Chicago, IL and Washington D.C.

DirectionCity SectionsDays of Operation
#29 WestboundWashington, D.C. – Pittsburg, PAWednesday, Friday, Sunday
Alliance, OH – Chicago, ILThursday, Saturday, Monday
#30 EastboundChicago, IL – Toledo, OHMonday, Thursday, Saturday
Alliance, OH – Washington D.C.Tuesday, Friday, Sunday

City of New Orleans #58/#59

Service between Chicago, IL and New Orleans, LA.

Direction City SectionsDays of Operation
#58 NorthboundNew Orleans, LA- Memphis, TNWednesday, Friday, Sunday
Newbern-Dyersburg, TN – Chicago, ILThursday, Saturday, Monday
#59 SouthboundChicago, IL – Effingham, ILMonday, Thursday, Saturday
Centralia, IL – New Orleans, LATuesday, Friday, Sunday

Coast Starlight #11/#14

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

DirectionCity SectionsDays of Operation
#11 SouthboundSeattle, WA – Klamath Falls, ORMonday, Wednesday, Saturday
Dunsmuir, CA – Los Angeles, CATuesday, Thursday, Sunday
#14 NorthboundLos Angeles, CA – Sacramento, CAMonday, Wednesday, Friday
Chico, CA – Seattle, WATuesday, Thursday, Saturday.

Crescent #19/#20

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

DirectionCity SectionsDays of Operation
#19 SouthboundNew York, NY – Danville, VATuesday, Friday, Sunday
Greensboro, NC – New Orleans, LAWednesday, Saturday, Monday
#20 NorthboundNew Orleans, LA – Spartanburg, SCTuesday, Thursday, Sunday
Gastonia, NC – New York, NYWednesday, Friday, Monday

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

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 SectionsDays of Operation
#7/#27 WestboundChicago, IL – St. Paul/Minneapolis, MNMonday, Thursday, Saturday
St, Cloud, MN – Sandpoint, IDTuesday, Friday, Sunday
#7 WestboundSpokane, WA – Seattle, WAWednesday, Saturday, Monday
#27 WestboundSpokane, WA -Portland, ORWednesday, Saturday, Monday.
#8 EastboundSeattle, WA – Ephrata, WATuesday, Thursday, Saturday
#28 EastboundPortland, OR – Pasco, WATuesday, Thursday, Saturday
#8/#28 EastboundSpokane, WA – Devils Lake, NDWednesday, Friday, Sunday
Grand Forks, ND – Chicago, ILThursday, Saturday, Monday.
Days of operation for Amtrak long-distance trains.

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

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 SectionsDays of Operation
#48/#448 EastboundChicago, IL – South Bend, INMonday, Thursday, Saturday
#48 EastboundElkhart, IN – New York, NYTuesday, Friday Sunday
#448 EastboundElkhart, IN – Boston, MATuesday, Friday, Sunday
#49 WestboundNew York, NY – Rochester, NYWednesday, Friday, Sunday
#449 WestboundBoston, MA – Rochester, NYWednesday, Friday, Sunday
#49/#449 WestboundBuffalo-Depew, NY – Chicago, ILThursday, Saturday, Monday

Palmetto #89/#90

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 SectionsDays of Operation
#89 SouthboundNew York, NY – Savanna, GAMonday, Thursday, Saturday
#90 NorthboundSavanna, GA – New York, NYWednesday, Friday, Sunday
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

DirectionCity SectionsDays of Operation
#97 SouthboundNew York, NY- Rocky Mount, NCMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Fayetteville, NC – Miami, FLTuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
#98 NorthboundMiami, FL – Florence, NC (Myrtle Beach) Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Fayetteville, NC – New York, NYMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Silver Star #91/#92

DirectionCity SectionsDays of Operation
#91 Southbound New York, NY – Hamlet, NCSunday, Friday, Saturday
Camden, SC – Miami, FLMonday, Saturday, Monday
# 92 NorthboundMiami, FL – Jacksonville, FLThursday, Friday, Saturday
Savana, GA – New York, NYFriday, Saturday, Monday

Southwest Chief #3/#4

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

DirectionCity SectionsDays of Operation
#3 WestboundChicago, IL – Lawrence, KSMonday, Thursday, Saturday
Topeka, KS – Kingman, AZTuesday, Friday, Sunday
Needles, CA – Los Angeles, CAWednesday, Saturday, Monday
#4 EastboundLos Angeles, CA – Barstow, CATuesday, Thursady, Saturday
Needles, CA – Garden City, KSWednesday, Friday, Sunday
Dodge City, KS – Chicago, ILThursday, Saturday, Monday

Sunset Limited #1/#2

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

DirectionCity SectionsDays of Operation
#1 WestboundNew Orleans, LA – Houston, TXMonday, Wednesday, Saturday
San Antonio, TX, – Yuma, AZTuesday, Thursday, Sunday
Palm Springs, AZ – Los Angeles, CAWednesday, Friday, Monday
#2 EastboundLos Angeles, CA – Ontario, CASunday, Wednesday, Friday
Palm Springs, CA -Sander, TXMonday, Thursday, Saturday
Del Rio, TX – New Orleans, LATuesday, Friday, Sunday

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

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 SectionsDays of Operation
#21/ #421 SouthboundChicago, IL – Poplar Bluff, MOTuesday, Friday, Sunday
Walnut Ridge, AR – San Antonio, TXWednesday, Saturday, Monday
#421 WearboundSan Antonio, TX – Yuma, AZThursday, Sunday, Tuesday
Palm Springs, CA – Los Angeles, CAFriday, Monday, Wednesday
#422 WestboundLos Angeles, CA – Ontario, CASunday, Wednesday, Friday
Palm Springs, CA – Sanderson, TXMonday, Thursday, Saturday
(#422 combines with #22)Del Rio, TX – San Antonio, TXTuesday, Friday, Sunday
#22/#422 NorthboundSan Antonio, TX – Little Rock, ARTuesday, Friday, Sunday
Walnut Ridge, AR – Chicago, ILWednesday, Saturday, Monday

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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