Amtrak Auto Train Rooms
Amtrak Auto Train Rooms

Auto Train rooms & seats: where you’ll stay on the train

If you are here, you are planning a trip or have a reservation and want to know more about Auto Train rooms and where to find them.

This article should answer the fundamental questions and help you locate where your room is on the train; plus, it covers the sleeper car room types and layout of the train, also known as the consist.

When do I get my coach seat assignment on the Amtrak Auto Train?

Amtrak Superliner coach seats
Amtrak Superliner lower-level coach seating (Photo courtesy of Amtrak.com)

Coach class passengers will get seat assignments on their day of travel.

Solo travelers have an excellent chance to be assigned a seat next to someone else. If you do not want that, consider upgrading to an Amtrak accommodation. You can always try the bid-up process.

If you are in a group of two or more, Amtrak will do its best to seat you all together.

Remember, if you are in these accommodations, you can access the coach passenger-only cafe car. At this time, there is no coach dining car.

Auto Train Rooms: Where is it?

Superliner Upper bunk
Mackenzie on the upper bunk of a Superliner Train

If you want to find your room, look at your ticket and use the information on it for this section.

When you print your tickets, under the train number, date, etc., you will see a line showing your accommodation. You can also view them online or from the app.

The following section will tell you what kind of sleeper car you will be in and where it is in the train’s layout. Further down are diagrams of the different sleeper car layouts.

Remember that rooms have traditional dining meals, shower use, cafe car access, and more.

The Amtrak Auto Train layout.

The Southbound Auto Trian is 52, and the Northbound train is 53. Both trains follow the same schedule.

This layout can change at any time, based on information I had when publishing this article. Amtrak can add and subtract cars seasonally or based on equipment availability.

52 Northbound Car NumberCar Type53 Southbound Car Number
XXXXTrans-dorm Car (staff) XXXX
5245Superliner Sleeper5345
5243Superliner Sleeper5343
5241Superliner Delux Sleeper5341
CafeSightseer Lounge/Cafe CarCafe
DiningSuperliner Dining CarDining
5240Delux Sleeper5340
5242Superliner Sleeper5342
5244Superliner Sleeper5344
5210Superliner Coach5310
5211Superliner Coach5311
5212Superliner Coach5312
5213Superliner Coach5313
LoungeCoach Passengers  Sightseer LoungeLounge
CafeCross-country Cafe CarCafe
Auto Racks & Other Seasonal Cars
This chart is a guide; this information can change at Amtrak’s discretion.

Auto Train room layouts

Below are Amtrak sleeper and coach car layouts.

Transdorm Sleeper

Trans Dorm
Transdorm sleepers are just roomettes used by onboard staff.

Regular Sleeper

Superliner Sleeper
The layout of a Superliner Sleeper Car

Auto Train Deluxe Sleeper Room Layout

Amtrak deluxe sleeper
Amtrak Deluxe Sleepers.

Auto Train Coach Car Layout

Amtrak Superliner Coach Car Diagram
Superliner coach car diagram: Some cars do not have lower seating but have a space for baggage.

What side of the train is in my room?

Amtrak cars are designed to run as push-pull cars, meaning they run in either direction.

Because of that, giving a definitive answer is challenging; you may not know until you get on the train.

Baggage on the Auto Train

Amtrak does not offer checked bag service because you can leave everything in your car.

Pack a small bag for your time on the train, leaving as much as possible in your car. This will give you more room in your accommodation. Bring your medications and medical devices because you cannot access anything once you check your vehicle.

A few extra tidbits on Auto Train rooms

Rooms are small on the train, so packing light is essential.

If this is your first ride on Amtrak, don’t forget to pack some entertainment for your ride.

And pay attention to Amtrak’s Auto Train Schedule to ensure you get your car checked in on time. Late vehicles are not accepted. Plus, there are some restrictions, so it is best to check that out before leaving for the stations!

Safe Travels!

Kev

06242023

Kevin Monteith

Kev Monteith has been traveling on Amtrak since 2012. With over a decade of experience, he has been on over 800 trains, covering over 200k miles of rail. Kev enjoys helping others achieve their travel dreams by providing support and information. Outside of travel, Kev enjoys making music as an organist and outings with family.

This Post Has One Comment

  1. techylist

    I’m so glad I found this post! I’m booking a trip on the Auto Train and was wondering about the rooms and seats. This information is really helpful in planning my journey. Thanks for sharing!

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