If you've never traveled on Amtrak, or it's been a while since you have, take note of the following information before you leave for the station.
Be sure you have all travel-related documents together before you leave for the train station. Be sure to bring your tickets and identification.
Health and Medical Precautions
If you or someone in your party takes medication, or has special health or medical needs, please review additional information about onboard personal food, beverages and medications.
There are companies that provide travel insurance for those who are interested. If you would like to know more about travel protection on Amtrak, please contact Vacations By Rail.
Carry-on baggage is limited to two pieces per passenger (with few exceptions). Checked baggage service is available on certain services. Be sure you understand our baggage guidelines before leaving for the station because some baggage cannot be accepted onboard.
On most Amtrak trains, seating is on a first-come, first served basis. Once onboard, the conductor may assign seats. Learn more about our onboard seating and sleeping options.
Some of our trains can accommodate certain dietary needs, including kosher and vegetarian meals, as well as reduced-sodium or reduced-cholesterol selections. Learn more about our onboard meals and dining options.
Make Your Trip More Enjoyable
Don't forget to bring along those personal items that will help you get the most out of your trip. Our seasoned riders recommend the following:
- Deck of cards
- Travel games, board games
- Personal CD or DVD player (with headphones)
- DigEplayerT portable digital entertainment device (available for rent at some stations)
- Cell phone
- Camera, video camera
- Snacks, beverages
- A pillow and blanket
- Comfortable footwear
- Crayons and coloring books
- Crossword puzzles
- A good book or magazine
- A travel journal or notebook
- Maps (to follow along during your journey)
- Hand towelettes