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Amtrak Train Travel > Southwest States

Amtrak Southwest train routes and rail services

Heartland Flyer, near  Dougherty, Texas

Rail is the green, easy, low-cost alternative for travel to hundreds of US destinations in the Southwest States and beyond. Photo: Heartland Flyer, near Dougherty, Texas. © Dwane Stevens.


Amtrak trains roll through the Southwest USA along several legendary routes. The Texas Eagle connects Lone Star burgs like San Antonio, Austin and Dallas with Little Rock and Chicago. Along the way, passengers can connect with the Heartland Flyer, Amtrak's regional service between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.
The fabled Southwest Chief puts Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon a day or so away from Los Angeles and Chicago. Southernmost among Amtrak's Southwest services, the Sunset Limited calls on Houston, San Antonio, El Paso and Tucson en route between New Orleans and Los Angeles.

Oklahoma City - Fort Worth

Daily Amtrak trains sweep across the plains along a route that links "Cow Town" and the "Sooner State." The Red River Valley is a scenic highlight. Services and amenities: reserved Coach seating, Cafe Car, self-stow bicycle transport, Trails & Rails interpretive program.

Chicago - Albuquerque - Los Angeles

America's majesty is revealed in this epic adventure spread across two nights and half a continent. Daily Amtrak trains parallel the Santa Fe Trail and Route 66 along much of the eight state route. Lying along the Chief's path are "The Indian Capital," Gallup, Santa Fe (via Lamay) and the Grand Canyon (via Flagstaff or Williams). Scenic highlights include the Chicago skyline, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, Apache Canyon and Raton Pass. Services and amenities: reserved Coach and Superliner Sleeper Classes, Sightseer Lounge/Cafe Car and Dining Car; First Class Metropolitan Lounge in Chicago; Trails & Rails interpretive program.

Orlando - New Orleans - Houston - Los Angeles

Note: service between Orlando and New Orleans is currently suspended. Three weekly round-trips roll across the continent along Amtrak's southern-most route. The two-night sweep between Florida and LA hooks up with New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, Tucson, Maricopa -- gateway to Phoenix and Scotsdale -- and Palm Springs. Scenic highlights include the Gulf Coast, Rio Grande and the Mexican frontier, and the Southwestern desert. Services and amenities: reserved Coach and Superliner Sleeper Classes, Sightseer Lounge/Cafe Car and Dining Car; Trails & Rails interpretive program.

Chicago - St. Louis - Little Rock - Dallas - San Antonio - (Los Angeles)

Daily Amtrak trips up and down the nation's mid-section trade The Land of Lincoln with the heart of Texas in a single night... with second-night service to California offered three times a week aboard the Sunset Limited. St. Louis, Little Rock and Hot Springs and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex are among the destinations. Scenic highlights include the Mississippi River, Gateway Arch and Ozark Mountains. Services and amenities: reserved Coach and Superliner Sleeper Classes, Sightseer Lounge/Cafe Car and Dining Car; First Class Metropolitan Lounge in Chicago; Trails & Rails interpretive program.
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