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How To Ride

Never traveled with us before? Welcome aboard! Here are some simple tips that can help make your trip even easier:

Before you leave

  • To find out which Amtrak Virginia stations you should depart from and arrive at for your trip, look at the route map on our Stations page
  • You can purchase tickets online (with the "Tickets" tool to the right), on your smartphone using our free mobile app, in person at many Amtrak Virginia stations or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL (872-7245)
  • If you need to change your reservation, just go online or call us – we never charge a ticket change fee
  • Visit our Hot Deals page to take advantage of Amtrak Virginia’s latest discounts, promotions and travel packages
  • Remember to bring everything you need to the station, including tickets, identification, baggage and any medical necessities you may have

On the train

  • To make sure you have plenty of time to board your train, arrive at your station 30 minutes before departure
  • Carry-on baggage is limited to two pieces per passenger, and checked baggage service may be available on your train
  • On most Amtrak Virginia trains, seating is on a first-come, first served basis – enjoy the power outlets, free Wi-Fi and picture-perfect views out your window!
  • When you get hungry, take advantage of our onboard dining options – whether it's a full sit-down meal or an informal snack in the Café Car
  • For an extra restful experience, take a seat in the Quiet Car, with dimmed lighting and no distracting cell phones or conversations allowed

After you arrive

  • Unlike most airports, Amtrak Virginia stations take you right to the heart of your destination city – start exploring them with our handy neighborhood guides
  • To find transit, taxi and rental car options near your train station, visit our Stations page
  • For more information about visiting Virginia, check out our "VA Experience" travel blog


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