Sunset Limited

  • New Orleans
  • San Antonio
  • Tucson
  • Phoenix
  • Los Angeles
48 hours Three days a week

Travel between Louisiana and California along our southern-most route. While onboard the Sunset Limited, settle back and watch the Bayou Country, Mexican border, southwestern deserts and California mountains pass by your window. Three trains depart weekly in each direction with an enhanced schedule and departure times for westbound trains. You can also make connections to additional Amtrak trains, including the Texas Eagle, Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquins.

Diverse Destinations

Deboard in Alpine, Texas to visit Big Bend National Park, in Tucson to visit Saguaro National Park, or in Maricopa, Arizona, the gateway to Phoenix and the resorts and spas of Scottsdale.

In season, onboard National Park Guides provide insights about the changing vista and natural heritage of the region you'll travel through. Sit back, relax, and learn as you take in the desert and coastal landscapes of this great American panorama.

Travel across America’s southern expanse, from the beaches of Malibu to the Cajun charms of New Orleans. View the Southwest’s canvas of vivid golds, orange and coppers. Reach for the stars at the Johnson Space Center or search for the stars in L.A. Sample the cultures and flavors of great cities as you enjoy beignets in New Orleans, brisket in Houston and fried ice cream in San Antonio.

“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful - an endless prospect of magic and wonder.” — Ansel Adams

Features & Amenities

Amenities vary by train.

Amtrak Thruway Service offers connecting transportation between the Maricopa, AZ station and Phoenix Metro Center, Phoenix Airport and Tempe from the Sunset Limited. Amtrak takes care of booking and ticketing, so you can see more and do more on your trip.

Downloadable menus are updated regularly, but menu items and prices are subject to change and may be different from what is available onboard.

Take your small dog or cat along with you on the train. Before you go, learn more about the types of pets allowed, pet reservations and fares, approved pet carriers and additional details.

See the Complete Pet Program Guidelines

Trails & Rails - Heritage Appreciation Onboard

An innovative partnership program between the National Park Service and Amtrak, the Trails & Rails program provides Amtrak passengers with educational opportunities to foster an appreciation of a selected region's natural and cultural heritage and renews the long tradition of associating railroads with National Parks.

As part of the Trails & Rails program, National Park Service guides from the Amistad National Recreation Area are onboard the Sunset Limited between New Orleans and Houston.

Learn more about the Trails & Rails program