Overview of eating on Amtrak
As we prepare for our trips, doing a little research is essential. I assume that you are looking for an overview of eating on Amtrak because you have a journey coming up or exploring the possibility of one. Food is an essential part of all of our lives, and knowing what to expect is helpful.
This page is an overview of eating on Amtrak while riding Long-distance or regional trains. For menus and more details, click the care and dining car links.
Cross country trains include a lounge/cafe car, and most have a dining car, and most regional trains only offer café cars.
Amtrak has two types of trains
- Regional Trains
- Routes under 750 miles
- Often state-supported
- Food served in the cafe car (if available)
- Long-Distance Trains
- Train routes of 750 plus miles
- Have coach and sleeper accommodations (the Palmetto does not have sleeper cars)
- A few have business class
- All have a cafe car
- Dining car
- Full sitdown meals
- On trains that start and finish are getting “Contemporary Meal” options for sleeper passengers
- These trains have Sleeper Lounges
- For more information check out this story
Eating on Long-Distance Trains
For sleeping car passenger
- Your ticket includes all meals in the dining car (not applicable on the Silver Star)
- Includes entree, drinks, and deserts
- Alcohol beverages included on some trains
- Tips are appreciated
- Car attendance can bring your meal to your room
- Can purchase additional food or drink in the cafe car
Coach and Business Class
- May eat in the dining car but are responsible for the cost
- Not available on the Capitol Limited, Lakes Shore Limited for coach passengers
- No dining car on the Silver Star
- May purchase food in the cafe car
For more information about the dining cars, including menu samples menus, click here.
Eating on regional trains
Regional trains use café cars with A la carte carry-out style meals.
Not all regional trains have food service.
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