How to Change Your Reservation

New travel plans? No problem. Here's some essential information that you'll need if you have to change your ticket.

What You Can Do gives you the freedom to make quick and easy changes to existing reservations that were made online, through the Amtrak App or in a station anytime you want. Enjoy the flexibility of changing the dates and times of your departure and/or return trip or feel free to upgrade your seat or sleeping options. Changes can only be made if there is an email address on file through or modify reservations through the Amtrak App. Once your changes are complete, your ticket barcode will automatically update, so there's no need to reprint your ticket. If you skip the paper route, you can simply show the PDF barcode to the conductor from your phone or tablet. It's that easy.

Changing Reservations on

If you booked online at, you can easily change your reservation online.

  • If you made your reservation while logged into your account, simply log into your account to begin the modification process.
  • If you made your reservation on as a guest, you'll need your reservation number and the email address or telephone number used while making the reservation to make changes.

Changing Reservations through Our App

On the app Home screen, you’ll see your upcoming travel listed, along with a form to retrieve other reservations.  From here, there are two ways to change your trip.

  1. On the Home screen card that includes the barcode, tap “Trip Tools”, then select “Modify Reservation”.
  2. Enter a reservation number and an email or phone number to retreive your reservation details, then tap “Change Trip” right below the barcode.

If you don't see the change button, your reservation may not be changed through the app.

Amtrak doesn't charge a ticket change fee, but other fees may apply. Policies regarding ticket changes vary; limitations and exclusions apply.

Changing Your Seat Assignment (Select Acela Trains Only)

If your trip includes one of the select Acela trains that offers assigned seating, you may select a different seat at any time. Go to Modify Trip on or find your reservation in the Amtrak app to view or change your seat assignment. If you prefer, you can also talk to an agent in‐station, or call 800‐USA‐RAIL. When your seat assignment change is confirmed, you will receive an updated eTicket.