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Dining Options

Some trains have Dining Cars which provide you with complete sit-down meal service. On other trains, Lounge, Dinette, and Café Cars provide more informal food service. And in some shorter-distance trains, no meal service is provided. Please check the individual page for your train for details.

Dining Cars

Most of Amtrak's long-distance trains include a full-service Dining Car, which serves hot meals prepared onboard by trained chefs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All meals for passengers with sleeping accommodations are included in the price of their train ticket while Coach class passengers may dine for an additional charge. Hours of operation of food service cars vary depending on train operation.

Credit cards (MasterCard, American Express, Visa and Discover) are accepted for payment in Café and Dining Cars on all trains that offer food service.

Lunch and Dinner Reservations

On long-distance trips, passengers are asked to make reservations for lunch and dinner. Lunch and dinner reservations are taken in 15-minute increments, which allows for a more pleasant dining experience, assures passengers of receiving quality service from Amtrak staff and prevents the Dining Cars from becoming overcrowded during peak meal times.

After boarding, an Amtrak staff member will go through the train asking passengers to select a preferred time for dining. Lunch hours are generally from 11:30 am - 3 pm and dinner hours are generally from 5 pm - 9 pm.

Other Dining Options

For more informal dining, Lounge, Dinette and Café Cars offer sandwiches, snacks and beverages from early morning to late evening. Hours of operation of food-service cars vary depending on train operation. Lounge and Café Cars also provide comfortable, casual seating for sightseeing and socializing and have tables for writing or playing cards and other games. If you need assistance, we will provide meals and beverage service to your seat. On some long-distance trains, people using wheelchairs may transfer to and from the Lounge Car at appropriate station stops; ask your onboard service attendant to make the necessary arrangements. You may also bring your own food on board for consumption at your seat or private sleeping car accommodation. Federal health regulations prohibit us from storing your meals in our refrigerators or heating them in our ovens.