Popular U.S. train routes and railroad lines
Climb aboard as the conductor guides your train through expansive prairies, rugged mountains, spectacular city skylines and quaint little towns. Trains are an ideal way to see the United States without the stress of worrying about directions or getting lost.
Amtrak is the primary train service in the USA, offering service to 46 states and Washington, D.C., with 500 destinations along its 34,000-plus-kilometer route system. Most trains offer wide seats with ample legroom, complimentary Wi-Fi, restrooms, food and the ability to get up and stretch your legs.
For longer distances, sleeping compartments are available. Try Amtrak’s California Zephyr, which follows the trail of the pioneers and gold prospectors who made their way out West, traveling across seven states of magnificent landscapes. Or climb aboard Amtrak’s Vermonter and enjoy the historic towns, white-steeple churches and charming countryside of New England. Amtrak offers handy guides and podcasts to provide information about points of interest on your journey. Amtrak passengers can carry on two bags at no charge. The cost for each additional bag is $20.
Amtrak offers USA Rail Passes that cover three options: eight travel segments in 15 days, 12 segments in 30 days and 18 segments in 45 days.
Download the free Amtrak mobile App to book tickets, check train times, board using your eTicket, and more.
Alaska Railroad, the only other long-distance railroad in the U.S., connects Alaskan destinations such as Anchorage, Fairbanks and Denali National Park.
Train Stations to Public Transit
Many American cities also have commuter rail systems that travel between the suburbs and the cities, and often offer connections to local train stations.