How to Purchase Amtrak Tickets

Traveling on Amtrak is as easy as telling us where and you want to travel. With several ways to reserve and buy your tickets, we're ready to help you get your ticket to ride. and Mobile App

Purchase tickets any time on and the Amtrak app with:

  • Valid credit card (American Express, Discover®, Mastercard®, VISA, Universal Air Travel Plan, Diners Club, JCB or China Union Pay)
  • Apple Pay®, Google Pay™ and PayPal
  • Amtrak Guest Rewards points
  • Amtrak gift card
  • eVoucher

Amtrak Mobile App

Get the free app for iPhone® and Android™ today for simple, intuitive access to all the travel information you need, whenever you need it.

Download the Amtrak app

Protection Against Fraud

For added protection against potential fraud, credit card transactions will be screened by Mastercard® ID Check™, Visa Secure®, American Express SafeKey® and Discover® ProtectBuy®. Although we host these sessions, they are private exchanges between the customer and their card issuer. Amtrak does not monitor or capture any information from the screening exchange. Management and maintenance of the security screening program is the responsibility of the card issuer.

Amtrak Kiosk

As an alternative, you can make new reservations for many destinations, make some changes, purchase your tickets and pick them up — all at an Amtrak kiosk. Amtrak kiosks are located at most larger Amtrak stations.

Over the Phone

You can get purchas tickets and get travell information 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245). Julie, the Amtrak automated, voice-activated agent, is happy to help. Or, if you need live, personal assistance, just say "agent" or press the "0" button on your telephone. For TTY service, call 1-800-523-6590.

Ticket Agent at the Station

You can purchase tickets in person at any staffed Amtrak station. At most staffed stations, we accept credit cards, debit cards with a credit card logo and Amtrak gift cards.

Accepted Forms of Payment at the Station


Credit and Debit Cards

Credit and debit cards are accepted for the purchase of Amtrak tickets and services at all staffed stations. Debit cards must have a credit card logo and will be processed as credit card transactions; cards that require the entry of a PIN (personal identification number) are not accepted. There is no minimum amount required for credit and debit card purchases.

The following rules govern the acceptance of credit and debit cards at Amtrak ticket counters:

  • We accept American Express, Discover®, MasterCard®, VISA, Universal Air Travel Plan, Diners Club, JCB or China Union Pay credit and debit cards at ticketing locations.
  • Amtrak ticket agents accept only valid, unexpired cards.
  • The person whose name is embossed on the front must sign the card on the back of the card. Unsigned cards are not accepted. The signature on the back of the card must match the signature on the ticket or charge form.
  • Credit and debit cards are accepted for the amount of the sale only and may not be used to obtain cash.
  • In all cases, the Amtrak policies pertaining to identification requirements apply when using a credit or debit card for purchase of tickets or services.

Amtrak gift cards may also be redeemed at the station.

Travelers Cheques, Money Orders, Personal Checks and Cashier's Checks

Amtrak does not accept travelers cheques or money orders. Personal checks and cashier’s checks are only accepted for group travel, by prior arrangement with the Amtrak Group Desk.


In most circumstances, you must purchase a ticket before you board a train. On most Amtrak trains, only the full, undiscounted, unrestricted fare will be available for purchase onboard the train. This is regardless of reservations made or fares previously quoted by ticket agents, or elsewhere. Higher fares usually apply when purchasing tickets onboard the train. To secure the best available fare, passengers should purchase tickets prior to boarding the train.

Travel Agent

You can purchase Amtrak tickets through a qualified travel agent.