Starting Oct. 1, 2019, Amtrak dining options are changing. Dining car service is ending for some overnight routes, but you can still enjoy the dining car experience on the Auto Train and long-distance trains that travel west of the Mississippi River. See below for the list of dining options on each Amtrak route to learn more.
The following Amtrak routes will continue to have traditional table service and communal dining in the dining car (pictured above):
- Auto Train
- California Zephyr
- Coast Starlight
- Empire Builder
- Southwest Chief
- Sunset Limited
- Texas Eagle
Note that passengers who book sleeping accommodations have free meals. Otherwise, if you are sitting in coach, you must pay. Everyone eating in the dining car must also select a reservation time, which is handled on board the train via Amtrak staff.
New Flexible/Delivery Dining
The new dining option on Amtrak is the flexible dining option, which is a free meal service for passengers who have booked sleeping accommodations on the following routes:
Cafe cars are also available on almost all trains, including trains with dining cars. You can purchase meals and snacks that you can eat at a table if desired. If you don’t see your Amtrak route on any of the above lists, then the Amtrak cafe is your only food option unless you pack your own meals and snacks. Note that a small cooler counts as a carry-on bag if you need to keep anything cold.