Book Your Thanksgiving Travel Now

Book Your Thanksgiving Travel Now

Every year we carry hundreds of thousands of customers home for the Thanksgiving holiday. To ensure we are ready to move America where it needs to go this Thanksgiving, we are operating every available passenger rail car in our fleet and scheduling extra trains and adding capacity on routes across the Amtrak system. Even with added capacity, tickets sell out early, so we encourage you to plan ahead and book your tickets as soon as possible for the best availability and pricing.

The busiest travel days are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday.  Other than Thanksgiving Day, morning trains typically have more availability than those in the afternoon and evening.

If you’re traveling with us the week of Thanksgiving, here’s where we’ve made some additions:

  • Northeast Regional: Washington, D.C., to Boston via cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and New Haven. We’ve also added additional trains that will operate between Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, November 22, Wednesday, November 23 and Sunday, November 27 to ensure you make it to your Thanksgiving festivities and still get home in time for work on Monday!
  • Acela Express: Want to travel home in style? We’re extending some Acela Express service on Wednesday, November 23 and Sunday, November 27 to run the entire length of the Northeast Corridor from Washington, D.C. through New York City, all the way north to Boston.
  • Keystone Service: Connects New York City and Harrisburg by way of Philadelphia. Will require reservations for travel to and from all stations Tuesday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 27.
  • Illinois Zephyr:/Carl Sandburg: Connects Chicago, Quincy, IL. and Carbondale, with extra capacity to most Midwest destinations.
  • Lincoln Service: Connects Chicago and St. Louis, MO.
  • Wolverine Service: Connects Chicago to Pontiac, Mich. via Detroit.
  • Amtrak CascadesConnecting Seattle and Portland with two additional round trips for the holiday.
  • Pacific Surfliner: Connecting Los Angeles to San Diego with an additional round trip for the holiday. During the holiday, this route will also require reservations.
  • San Joaquins: Connects the San Francisco Bay Area and Bakersfield, CA.
  • Capitol Corridor: Connects the Sacramento region and the Bay Area.

Amtrak employees across our system are gearing up to provide the kind of superior service you deserve as you travel to connect with friends and family for the holiday. We are honored to be a part of your family’s Thanksgiving tradition and encourage you to share your stories by tagging your pics and tweets with #AmtrakStories or by sharing your story here.