Seating Accommodations

Multiple Seating Options

On most Amtrak trains, you have three options for seating accommodations. The availability of these options varies depending on your route and the type of train equipment in use. 


People sitting in coach class seats.

Coach Class

Designed for your comfort. Stretch out with ample legroom and recline to relax as you cruise to your destination in Coach Class. Coach Class seats are available on all trains except Acela.
Empty rows of seats in business class.

Business Class

More amenities. Upgraded comfort. Want more amenities? Business Class provides an enhanced level of comfort as well as a few additional perks during your journey. Available on many routes across the country, Business Class is located in a dedicated car or section on the train.
Man sitting in Acela first class working on a computer.

First Class

Exclusively on Acela. Acela First Class seating offers a luxe travel experience complete with priority boarding, at-seat service, complimentary meals and beverages, quiet and elegant atmosphere and spacious seating. Complimentary hot towels are also provided.
Accessible seat and wheelchair space with tray table open.

Accessible Seating

Space on all trains for passengers with disabilities and mobility impairments. Seats for passengers who transfer from a wheelchair, use a walker, who travel with a large service animal, etc. In wheelchair space, passengers may park, and remain in, an occupied wheelchair.

Easy Upgrades

Upgrade your seating from Coach to First Class and Business Class seats on, through our mobile app, at a staffed station or over the phone at 1-800-USA-RAIL.

On trains with First Class private rooms, you may be able to upgrade to a Roomette or Bedroom.

The conductor can help you with a seat or sleeper upgrade on board your train if unsold space is available.

Seat Orientation

Many of our routes feature fixed seating in business and coach with approximately half of the seats facing forward in the direction of travel and the other seats facing backward. Please note that preferred seat orientation is not guaranteed.

Traveling with Car Seats

Child car seats cannot be secured to any seats onboard Amtrak trains or buses. Passengers traveling with an infant/small child in a child car seat may place the seat in a vacant seat only if it is not needed for a paying passenger; children under 2 years of age may be required to ride on the passenger’s lap and the child car seat stored in an appropriate baggage area.

Seating Accommodation Policies

Amtrak will monitor seating of passengers to ensure compliance with the following policies:

  • Amtrak reserves to itself full control and discretion as to seating of passengers.
  • Amtrak reserves the right, whenever operating conditions require, to transfer passengers from one car or train to another en route.
  • Each passenger paying a fare will be entitled to a seat, to the extent coach seats are available.
  • Passengers are entitled to one seat per fare, to ensure other paying passengers are not excluded.
  • Unless specific seats are assigned, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Seat availability is not guaranteed until we provide you with a reservation confirmation.
  • On unreserved trains there are no guaranteed seats.
  • Seating arrangements will be made without regard to race, color, gender, creed or national origin.

Seating is limited. Seats may not be available on all trains at all times