Are Amtrak seats assigned?

Amtrak seats

In almost all cases, Amtrak seats are not assigned. The exception is first class seats on the Acela Express and business class seats on the Northeast Regional starting January 11, 2020.

If you are not purchasing these tickets, then Amtrak has a first-come, first-serve seating policy for coach seats. Essentially, you board the train and find open seats to sit in. If you are traveling with a large group, you can look for the Amtrak “red cap” service desk or staff wearing red caps who can help you find seating. Be sure to tip and connect with the red caps before your train arrives.

If you have booked a roommette or bedroom, you’ll receive your room assignment after booking your tickets. Note that if you are traveling on a two-level Superliner train, you will have the option book accommodations on the upper or lower level of the train. Things to consider:

  • Upper-level sleeping accommodations will have better views
  • If you have difficulty with stairs, or wish to be closer to luggage storage and showers, then choose the lower level

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