Pre-Departure Checklist

As you prepare for your great rail adventure, don't forget:


Photo ID, passport or other accepted travel documents. Add an ID tag to all your bags.


Charge your electronic devices and get them ready to show your eTicket to the conductor or station personnel. Grab your rail pass or paper tickets, if issued.

Health and Medical Precautions

Review the guidelines for traveling with any medications or special dietary materials you may need.

Special Diets

Check to see if special dietary requirements like kosher and vegetarian meals, reduced-sodium or reduced-cholesterol selections, can be accommodated for your trip.

Travel Insurance

Protect your trip investment with travel insurance and travel assistance services.


Limit your carry-on baggage to two pieces per passenger. Make sure checked baggage service is available on your train. Order a new bag for your trip. View a free Onboard Essentials Packing List.

Amtrak Travel Essentials

See what real riders say are the top travel essentials to bring along on your train trip.

What to Do on Your Train Ride

Get a city guide and scope out things to do near the train station.