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Amtrak Express Shipping

Amtrak Express Rates Will Increase October 19, 2014
All Amtrak Express shipments weighing up to 100 lbs. will be subject to rate increases. The new rates will apply to all shipments received on an Amtrak Express waybill on or after October 19, 2014 at 2 am. See more rate increase details.

Ship with Amtrak

We offer small package and less-than-truckload shipping services between more than 100 cities.

For additional information regarding rates, schedules and permitted articles, call 1-800-377-6914 (8 am - 8 pm ET, Monday through Friday); only shipping information is available at this telephone number. For other customer inquiries, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Prior to arriving at the station, ensure your Express items are packed appropriately, in suitable containers for transport as specified below:

  • Containers must be able to withstand necessary handling and weather elements.
  • Examples of unsuitable containers include (but are not limited to) trash bags, plastic shipping containers, large packing boxes, containers that let sharp/pointed items protrude, or containers that cannot securely hold contents or prevent exposure to weather.
Kinds of Shipping Services Offered
Small Package Shipments
  • Weight limit for each item: 50 lbs. (23 kg)
  • Size limit for each item: 3 ft x 3 ft x 3 ft
    (90 cm by 90 cm by 90 cm)
  • Weight limit for each shipment: 500 lbs. (227 kg)
Heavy and Commercial Shipments

Many major stations handle pallets and packages.

  • Individual pallets of up to 500 lbs. (227 kg)
  • Weight limit for each non-palletized item: 50 lbs. (23 kg)
  • Size limit for each non-palletized item: 3 ft x 3 ft x 3 ft (90 cm by 90 cm by 90 cm)
  • Weight limit for each shipment: 500 lbs. (227 kg)

Regular bicycles and unicycles may be shipped on Amtrak Express. Bikes must be securely packed in a box; you may bring your own box or purchase one at the station (call ahead for details and to make sure that boxes are available). Bicycles are generally exempt from Amtrak Express size requirements. Learn more about Bringing Your Bicycle Onboard.

Human Remains

Amtrak Express offers station-to-station shipment of remains to many express cities. At most stations, funeral directors must provide staff to load and unload the remains onto and off the train. The level of assistance required must be confirmed with the local Amtrak station agent at the origin and destination points.