USA by Train

Trains - Tickets - Routes

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In The USA.

Here you will find information for the USA about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

Useful Information

Population: 327 million

Currency: US Dollar

Language: English

Capital: Washington, D.C.

Country Code: +1

Time Zones: Pacific Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone, Central Time Zone, Eastern Time Zone

Train Companies

The rail network in the USA is operated by AMTRAK.

USA rail map

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Train Tickets

Buy your train tickets for the USA online on the  AMTRAK official homepage.

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Buy your train tickets online at OMIO and compare trains, buses & flights.

Rail Passes

Amtrak USA Rail Pass

The American rail operator Amtrak offers you a great opportunity to travel flexibly by train in America. You can use the USA Rail Pass in 46 states and visit over 500 locations. You can choose between 8, 12, and 18 trips within 15, 30, or 45 days.

California Rail Pass

Amtrak offers you a special train pass for the sunshine state of California. With the California Rail Pass, you can travel by train throughout California. Travel on 7 days within 21 days.

TrAIN tYPES

The major rail network in the USA is composed of the following trains:

Rapid Transit Systems are variations of Subway and Metro networks and are predominant in New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C., Newark, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Miami.

  • 2nd Class only
  • No reservations required nor possible

Amtrak Regional Commuter trains connect large cities to the to one another on short to medium distance routes

  • 2nd Class offered: Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • 1st Class (offered on some services): Rows of three seats (2+1), complimentary food and beverages
  • Business Class (offered on some services): Rows of three seats (2+1), complimentary non-alcoholic beverages
  • Trains are equipped with toilets

Amtrak Long Distance trains connect cities across America.

Trains are equipped with a dining car, a café car, and a lounge car; however, amenities may differ by train.

Superliner Seating Carriages:

  • 40-degree reclining coach seats
  • Power sockets are located at every seat
  • Drinking water and toilets are available at the end of every carriage
  • 2 levels of seating, upper and lower level. Upper level offers you panoramic views

Superliner Sleeper Carriages:

  • All rooms include bedding, soap, towels, 3 meals per day, as well as drinking water, coffee, tea, and juice
  • 2-berth roomettes
    • Beds fold up into two seats facing each other for daytime seating
    • Toilets and showers are located at the end of the carriage
  • 2-berth bedrooms
    • More spacious than the roomettes
    • Beds fold up and sofa chairs are in bedrooms for daytime seating
    • Private toilet and shower en suite located in the room
  • 4-berth bedroom suite
    • Made up of two 2-berth bedrooms combined
    • Beds fold up and sofa chairs are in bedrooms for daytime seating
    • Private toilet and shower en suite located in the room
  • 4-berth family bedroom
    • 2 adult beds, 2 children beds
    • Beds fold up into 4 seats facing each other for daytime seating
    • Toilets and showers are located at the end of the carriage
  • 2-berth special bedroom
    • Handicap accessible
    • Accessible toilet located in the room
    • Accessible shower located adjacent to the room

Viewliner Seating Carriages:

  • 40-degree reclining coach seats
  • Power sockets are located at every seat
  • Drinking water and toilets are available at the end of every carriage
  • A single level of seating

Viewliner Sleeping Carriages:

  • All rooms include bedding, soap, towels, 3 meals per day, as well as drinking water, coffee, tea, and juice
  • 2-berth roomettes
    • Beds fold up into two seats facing each other for daytime seating with a fold-down table
    • A washbasin and a concealed toilet are located in the room
  • 2-berth bedrooms
    • More spacious than the roomettes
    • Beds fold up and sofa chairs are in bedrooms for daytime seating
    • Private toilet and shower en suite located in the room
  • 4-berth bedroom suite
    • Made up of two 2-berth bedrooms combined
    • Beds fold up and sofa chairs are in bedrooms for daytime seating
    • Private toilet and shower en suite located in the room
  • 2-berth special bedroom
    • Handicap accessible
    • Accessible toilet and shower located in the room

International Routes to and from Canada with Amtrak. See national routes in America for train amenities, sitting, and sleeping arrangements.

 Maple Leaf

Route: Toronto – Niagara Falls – Buffalo – Rochester – Syracuse – Albany – New York

Adirondack

Route: Montreal – Westport – Saratoga Springs – Albany – New York

Amtrak Cascades

Route: Vancouver (British Columbia) – Seattle – Tacoma – Portland – Salem – Eugene

All long-distance trains are sleeper trains.

Bone & Scenic Valley Railroad
V&T Railway
Roaring Camp Railroads
Colorado Scenic Rails
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train
Strasburg Railroad
Disneyland Railroad
The Mount Washington Cog Railway
Nevada Northern Railway

Routes

Frequently Travelled Routes In The USA

National

 
From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Chicago to Seattle, Washington 46:10 Direct Train
Chicago to San Francisco, California 53:00 1 Train
Chicago to San Diego, California 48:00 1 Train
Chicago to New Orleans, Louisiana 19:42 Direct Train
Chicago to New York, New York 20 – 27:00 0-1 Train
Chicago to Boston, Massachusetts 21:22 Direct Train
New York to Boston,Massachusetts 3:35 Direct Train
New York to Miami, Florida 27:24 Direct Train
San Francisco to Los Angeles, California 9:50 3 Train
Los Angeles to San Diego, California 2:45 Direct Train
Seattle to Los Angeles, California 35:15 Direct Train
San Diego to New Orleans, Lousiana 72:12 3 Train

International

 
From > To
Duration Changes Transport
New York to Montreal, Canada 11:15 2 Train & Bus
Chicago to Toronto, Canada 15:46 1 Train
Seattle to Vancouver, Canada 4:00 Direct Train

USA travel routes

USA: Amazing Train Trip From Chicago To Seattle

USA: Amazing Train Trip From Chicago To Seattle

USA: East Coast Train Tour From New York To Miami

USA: East Coast Train Tour From New York To Miami

Main Train Stations

  • New York
  • Boston
  • Washington D.C.
  • Detroit
  • Chicago
  • Minneapolis
  • St. Louis
  • Kansas City
  • Atlanta
  • Orlando
  • New Orleans

 

  • Houston
  • San Antonio
  • Phoenix
  • Denver
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Diego
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Sacramento
  • Portland
  • Seattle

Train Tours in the USA