37 Amtrak Routes You Can Take 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

Acela Express Service

Destinations: Boston – New Haven – New York – Philadelphia – Wilmington – Washington, DC

The Acela Amtrak route is the perfect Northeast adventure from Boston, MA, to DC. If you choose to ride the entire way, it will take around 7 hours. There are four downtown stops in New Haven, New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, if you’re interested in exploring a new city!

Ethan Allen Express

Destinations: Rutland – Saratoga Springs – Albany – New York

The Ethan Allen Express Amtrak route travels from New York City to Rutland, Vermont. The trip is around 7 hours and 30 minutes and offers gorgeous views of the Hudson River Valley. There are also several stops in New York and Vermont with bus connections to Killington, VT, if you plan to take a ski trip.

Adirondack

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

If you’re looking to visit Montreal from the New York City area, the Adirondack Amtrak route is a great option. The entire ride will take around 10 hours. There are upstate New York stops with scenic views of the Hudson Valley wine country and the Adirondack mountains.

Keystone Express

Destinations: New York – Philadelphia – Paoli – Downingtown – Lancaster – Harrisburg

The Keystone Express offers multiple daily rides from New York to Harrisonburg, PA. The trip is approximately 4 hours, with various stops in Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia. Amenities include a quiet car, Wi-Fi, and bicycle racks.

Amtrak Hartford Line

Destinations: New Haven – Hartford – Windsor Locks – Springfield

The Amtrak Hartford Line will take you from New Haven, CT, to Springfield, MA, in about an hour and a half. This scenic route will give you gorgeous views of New England’s rolling hills and quickly get you to your destination. Amenities include Wi-Fi, small pets, and bicycle racks.

Lake Shore Limited

Destinations: New York/Boston – Albany – Buffalo – Cleveland – Toledo – Chicago

If you’re looking to get to Chicago from New York, you’re in for a real treat. Although it may take around 19 hours to get there, you’ll experience beautiful views of lakes and rivers along the way. You can pick up the train in New York and pass by the beautiful Finger Lakes.

Auto Train

Destinations: Lorton, VA – Sanford, FL

On the Auto Train, you can go from northern Virginia to Orlando, FL, in around 19 hours. The cool thing about the Auto Train is that you can haul your car, motorcycle, bike, boat, jet-ski, or any other recreational vehicle. Skip the high cost of gas and traffic on I-95 and take a relaxing scenic train ride. Other amenities on this train include Wi-Fi, bedrooms and suites, and cafe services.

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