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Tracking Amtrak Trains

Tracking Amtrak Trains: Learn easy ways to do it!

As an Amtrak traveler, I like to stay updated on the status of my train; often, I track my trains days or weeks before my trips. This page will give you the tools to start tracking Amtrak trains on your own, and I hope you find it easy. There is more than one way to do it, so you have options to find the one that works best for you.

Staying updated about what is going on with your train can start with the booking process, but if you want to track more than info just for your day of travel, you can do that in a week.

Information is available on Amtrak’s website and app, but third-party options exist. To make things even easier, you can have information sent to your mobile device! I list all the tools I use, plus others, so that you can find the best tools for you.

Tracking Amtrak Trains by phone

If technology is not your friend, there are still traditional methods to keep track of your train’s progress.

You can call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL! Once you call, follow the prompts with your train’s number and station name. This will get you the information you need the fastest.

Some stations allow tracking Amtrak trains!

A screen telling people the upcoming trains so.
Buffalo train status screen.

At most staffed and some unstaffed train stations, you can find screens that display the status of trains that arrive at that station. If you cannot find your train on the screen, you may have arrived too early, or other trains will come before yours.

Staying updated starts when you book and in planning

When you book, you can sign up for them to send you texts or emails, provided you give them the correct info!

Give Amtrak the correct email and phone number!

When booking an Amtrak or any other transportation mode, you must provide them with the correct information so that they can send you updates.

Amtrak offers the option to receive texts and emails informing you of significant delays. They may also call you if your reservations are changed.

Use a phone number and email you can access while traveling; your home or office number or email will not do you any good if you do not have access to it when you travel.

I have been on trips where I received updates while others didn’t. When they asked how I got them, I told them Amtrak sent them. I discovered that they gave Amtrak their office phone number and email address. For some reason, they thought Amtrak should have known about it. I am puzzled by their logic.

Again, Amtrak or any other company can only send info to the info that they have.

Check before you go!

In most cases, Amtrak will let you know of any changes that occur after you book, but it never hurts to double-check, and you can do that by checking Amtrak’s Service Alerts & Notices.

The other way is to check your Amtrak account under My Trip or use the app to ensure no changes to your scheduled times have been made.

Using one of the Amtrak tools or third-party apps to ensure your train is running on time is not a bad idea.

The Amtrak Maple Leaf at the Borad crossing in Niagra Falls, Ontario. People are getting off the train and walking on the platform.
Amtrak Maple Leaf at the Niagara Falls boarding crossing.

Sign up for text or email for tracking Amtrak trains.

You can do this while you book, but you can also use this option to track your train days or weeks in advance. I do this to see if there is a trend.

Additionally, if someone is picking you up, you can have them receive text or email alerts to alert them of changes; this can be helpful if you go through a cellphone dead spot and cannot reach them.

Here is how you can do this; it is easier than it looks:

  1. Visit the Amtrak’s alerts page.
  2. Choose between receiving alerts via text or email.
  3. Use the contact information you can access while traveling.
  4. After entering your details, click the green “Continue” button. 
  5. You can then enter the station and train number from which you’d like to receive information. 
  6. Once you’ve selected, click the “Set Delivery” button.
  7. You can set up alerts for a single day or multiple days. If you select the multi-day option, you can also specify which day of the week you’d like to get notified. 
  8. Then click the blue “Continue” button. 
  9. Once you enter all the trains and dates you need, click the green “Done” button.

That’s it. If you sign up for alerts, you’ll be notified of any delays or changes to your train schedule. It is not as daunting as it sounds. After you enter everything, you will start getting texts or emails.

Tracking Amtrak Trains With The Amtrak Website & App

Why not start with the source? Tracking Amtrak trains is possible from their official website or mobile app. In my experience, the mobile app is more user-friendly than the website when on the go.

However, I will explain both ways in detail so that you can choose the one that suits you best.

Amtrak Website

If you are using a computer, the “Train Status” button is in the upper right corner of the screen. If you are using a mobile device, it is in the menu. That is the button you need to hit to get tracking started! If you do not see those words, look for the clock hands with the arrow around it; that is the icon for this section.

If you want to track a specific train, the easiest is to provide its number and the station you want information about. Please note that this information only applies to the train you wish to track, not your entire journey. Alternatively, you can enter your starting and ending stations to get information about the train you want to track, but this option will give you all the trains that travel between those stops.

Using the app for tracking Amtrak trains

Tracking Amtrak Trains using the Amtrak app

Using a phone or tablet rather than a computer is often more convenient when traveling. The easiest way to do this is to download the Amtrak app before your trip. If your trip does not show up, you can manually enter it.

On the day of travel, you can track your train by opening the app and finding your e-ticket. Then, click the trip tools button to quickly and easily find your needed information. There is a refresh button in the form of a circle with an arrow that you can click if you need to update the information.

Alternatively, you can check the train’s status by clicking the status button at the bottom of the app. You can look at the station and train number or enter your starting and ending stations, similar to the Amtrak website.

Third-Party Websites For Tracking Amtrak Trains

A view of the Empire Builder and a hotel.
Empire Builder in Whitefish, MT

If you want more options, several third-party websites can help Amtrak trains. They get the information from Amtrak somehow; that info is out of my experience. 

Try different maps to find the best tracking tool and see which works best. While some of these tools may have a learning curve, you can pick up on things quickly as you get going.

I did not put these in any particular order.

Intercity Rail Map

Intercity Rail Map is a website that I frequently rely on because it is easy to use. I bookmarked it a year ago. This website allows you to view a map of all the trains, and you can click on the train you’re interested in to see how it is doing. The website uses color codes to indicate the train’s status and location. 

There is a search bar available for those searching for a specific train. You can enter the train’s name or number to find it quickly, and you can also check the train’s past performance.

If you dig into the site, you can look at a train’s on-time history. 


Amtraker is a website similar to Intercity Rail Maps, but it could be less overwhelming. 

One of the great features of this website is that you can save specific trains for faster viewing. The website will display only the train that you have saved. If you want to see all the other trains again, you can just hit the “show all” button. 

However, please note that this website only shows departure times and not arrival times. So, if arrival times are essential to you, you may need to look for that information elsewhere.


Railnet operates differently. One feature of this site is that it shows the number of trains available on a particular route and indicates the currently active ones.

Amtrak Status Maps

The Amtrak Status Maps website may look old-school, but it provides up-to-date information about train schedules. The site divides the train schedules into seven zones, which can help you find what you need quickly. Once you locate your train, click on the number to see a page showing each station’s arrival and departure times. The website updates the arrival and departure times as the train progresses.

You can use the Amtrak Status Maps Archive Database to check the train’s past performance.

Tips For Using These Site

These websites depend on Amtrak to collect information about train status, updated approximately every five minutes. 

I prefer to use Intercity Rail Maps because they present information about my train in an easy-to-read manner. However, your preferences may differ.

Please note that you may need to refresh the page to stay updated. If it looks like nothing has been changed, that could be the reason. 

Make sure you are tracking the correct train!

California Zephyr
The California Zephyr

When tracking Amtrak trains, you will need some basic information, which you can find on your ticket. Firstly, you should know the train’s number, the name can also help

For those tracking an Amtrak long-distance train, the train number is followed by a number in parentheses, such as 5(15). These trains run for a day or more, so tracking the correct one is crucial. The second number indicates the date of origin for that train.

If you need clarification on what day of the journey your train is on, you can refer to the schedule page on the Amtrak website. Alternatively, you can visit my page, where I list all the long-distance routes and break down the journey by day based on the stops.

Tracking Amtrak Trains Conclusion

Tracking Amtrak trains is a great way to stay informed about their status so you can plan your journeys and adapt to unexpected changes. It can also help those who are picking you up. For instance, if you’re in an area with poor cell service, your family or friends can monitor your train’s location using the official Amtrak website and app, third-party tracking tools, or by setting up text alerts for your driver This way, you can decide when to arrive at your destination. 

Although it may seem like a lot of information, once you begin using these tools, you can determine which ones work best for you, and using them will become effortless. 

If I overlooked a website or tip, please let me know! I will do my utmost to provide you with the most accurate information possible. 

Safe travels and happy planning!


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.

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