37 Amtrak Routes Across North America

Train travel is underrated. It’s relaxing, scenic, and environmentally friendly. Amtrak, the nation’s rail network, has more than 35 routes and 500 destinations in 46 states.

You’ll have access to private sleeping rooms, quiet cars, dining and lounge cars, and seating with amazing views.  You can bring your car, pets, and even can book a private space for longer trips. Below we’ll explore all of the Amtrak routes you can currently take in North America

Crescent

#15 – Crescent Destinations: New York – Washington – Charlottesville – Charlotte – Atlanta – Birmingham – New Orlean

What a great trip for a group of friends looking to celebrate Mardi Gras or a bachelorette celebration! Amenities on this route include Wi-Fi, roomettes, bedrooms, suites, cafe services, and the option to bring a small pet.

Valley Flyer

Destinations: New Haven – Springfield – Northampton – Greenfield

Starting in New Haven, CT, the Valley Flyer train will take you to Greenfield, MA, in 2 hours and 48 minutes. It’s a relatively quick and convenient way to travel to and from Connecticut and Massachusetts and a perfect distance for a day trip! Amenities include Wi-Fi, bicycle racks, and the allowance for small pets.

Downeaster

Destinations: Brunswick – Freeport – Portland – Saco – Exeter – Boston

On the Downeaster train, you can go from Brunswick, ME, to Boston, MA, in about three and a half hours. With round trips daily, skip the I-95 traffic, load up the bicycle and take the train! With so many exciting things to do in Boston, it’s always a great spot to visit. Amenities on this Amtrak route include business class, Wi-Fi, cafe services, bike racks, and the allowance for small pets.

Empire Service

Destinations: New York – Albany – Syracuse – Rochester – Buffalo – Niagara Fall

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the Empire Service train will take you from New York City to Niagara Falls in seven and a half hours. Enjoy views of the Hudson Valley and the Finger Lakes, with options to stop in both regions. If you’re on you’re way to Niagara Falls, sit back and enjoy amenities like Wi-Fi, cafe services, bicycle storage, and the allowance for small pets. There is also a business class option.

Vermonter

Destinations: St. Albans – Essex Junction (Burlington) – Springfield – New York – Washington, DC

If you’re trying to get to Washington, DC, from St. Albans, the Vermonter will take you there in 13 hours and 45 minutes. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to stop in Springfield, MA, and New York City. Or, you can take the train in the opposite direction and go skiing in Vermont.

Berkshire Flyer

Destinations: New York – Poughkeepsie – Albany – Pittsfield

Getting from New York to the Berkshires has never been easier. Another drive you won’t want to deal with traffic on, this Amtrak route takes around 4 hours one-way. A trip to the Berkshires is the perfect fall getaway. Enjoy the beautiful small towns, fall foliage, and great hiking. Amenities on the ride include Wi-Fi, bicycle storage, and allows for small pets. This route offers business class seating.

City of New Orleans

Destinations: Chicago – Champaign-Urbana – Carbondale – Memphis – Jackson – New Orlean

The City of New Orleans train will get you to NOLA from Chicago in around 19 hours. Amenities include sleeper cars, cafe services, and bicycle storage. Unfortunately, there is no Wi-Fi available on this train.

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