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How to Purchase Tickets - Online, Mobile and More

Let us take you places. Traveling on Amtrak is as easy as telling us where you want to go and when. With several ways to reserve and buy your tickets, we're ready to help you get your ticket to ride.


Purchase tickets at any time on with a valid American Express, Discover®, MasterCard®, VISA, Universal Air Travel Plan credit card.

For added protection against potential fraud, credit card transactions on will be screened by 'Verified by VISA' and 'Secure Code by MasterCard'. Although we host these sessions on our site, they are private exchanges between the customer and their card issuer. Amtrak does not monitor or capture any information from the screening exchange. Management and maintenance of the security screening program is the responsibility of the card issuer.

Amtrak for Mobile

Download the free Amtrak mobile app for iPhone®, Android™ and Windows Phone® today for simple, intuitive access to all the travel information you need, whenever you need it. Or visit on any web-enabled mobile device when you're away from your computer and you can still take your Amtrak travel information with you.

Download the Amtrak App on the iTunes App Store     Amtrak Android App Available on Google Play     Amtrak App Available in the Amazon App Store for Android     Downlaod the Amtrak App in the Windows Phone Store

Quik-Trak Kiosk

As an alternative, you can purchase your tickets at a Quik-Trak kiosk at the station. Quik-Trak kiosks are located at most larger Amtrak stations.

Over the Phone

You can get information and purchase tickets 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245). Julie, the Amtrak automated, voice-activated agent, is happy to help. Or, if you need live, personal assistance, just say "agent" or press the "0" button on your telephone. For TTY service, please call 1-800-523-6590.

Ticket Agent at the Station

You can purchase tickets in person at any staffed Amtrak station. At most staffed stations, we accept cash, credit cards, and debit cards with a credit card logo.

Travel Agent

You can purchase Amtrak tickets through a qualified travel agent.


In most circumstances, you must purchase a ticket before you board a train. On most Amtrak trains, only the full, undiscounted, unrestricted fare will be available for purchase onboard the train. This is regardless of reservations made or fares previously quoted by ticket agents, or elsewhere. Higher fares usually apply when purchasing tickets onboard the train. To secure the best available fare, passengers should purchase tickets prior to boarding the train.

Accepted Forms of Payment at the Station
Credit and Debit Cards

Credit and debit cards are accepted for the purchase of Amtrak tickets and services at all staffed stations. Debit cards must have a credit card logo and will be processed as credit card transactions; cards that require the entry of a PIN (personal identification number) are not accepted. There is no minimum amount required for credit and debit card purchases.

The following rules govern the acceptance of credit and debit cards at Amtrak ticket counters:

  • We accept the following credit and debit cards at ticketing locations:

    - American Express
    - Discover
    - MasterCard
    - VISA
  • Amtrak ticket agents accept only valid, unexpired cards.
  • The person whose name is embossed on the front must sign the card on the back of the card. Unsigned cards are not accepted.
  • The signature on the back of the card must match the signature on the ticket or charge form.
  • Credit and debit cards are accepted for the amount of the sale only and may not be used to obtain cash.
  • In all cases, the Amtrak policies pertaining to identification requirements apply when using a credit or debit card for purchase of tickets or services.
Travelers Cheques, Money Orders and Cashier's Checks

Amtrak does not accept travelers cheques or money orders. Cashier’s checks are only accepted for group travel, by prior arrangement with the Amtrak Group Desk.

Personal Checks

Amtrak does not accept personal checks, except for group travel by prior arrangement with the Amtrak Group Desk.

Need More Information?

For more information regarding the Amtrak credit card, debit card and check acceptance policies, please consult a ticket agent or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).