Three Amtrak routes travel to Florida: Auto Train (which only stops in Sanford, Florida and in Lorton, Virginia), Silver Star and Silver Meteor. The Silver Meteor and Star routes travel along the East Coast from cities including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Richmond, Raleigh and Charleston, SC. If you don’t live near an Amtrak station on one of these routes, you’ll have to ride more than one train to reach Florida. Washington D.C. and New York City are two major cities where you can transfer to Florida trains.
Things to Know
- Only the Silver Star train goes to Tampa.
- One train on each route travels to and from Florida each day.
- Trains enter Florida via coastal Georgia and do not travel in the Panhandle.
- If you are traveling to South Florida, the Silver Meteor will get you there faster.
- You can only book a trip on the Auto Train if you are transporting a car or other vehicle (extra fees apply).
- The West Palm Beach Amtrak station is closest to the ocean (about a 45-minute walk or 7-minute car ride).
To plan your trip and see travel times, go to Amtrak.com and enter your start and end cities to see all your route options (see screenshot below). Note that the find train feature takes a few seconds to load after you arrive on the Amtrak homepage. For most people, it’s an overnight train ride unless you are starting the trip in Georgia or South Carolina.
Choose from the following train stations in Florida (bus connections may be available to other cities):
- Jacksonville, FL (JAX)
- Palatka, FL (PAK)
- DeLand, FL (DLD)
- Winter Park, FL (WPK)
- Orlando, FL (ORL)
- Sanford, FL – Auto Train Station (SFA)
- Kissimmee, FL (KIS)
- Tampa, FL – Union Station (TPA)
- Lakeland, FL – To/from Points South (LKL)
- Lakeland, FL – To/from Points North (LAK)
- Winter Haven, FL (WTH)
- Sebring, FL (SBG)
- Okeechobee, FL (OKE)
- West Palm Beach, FL (WPB)
- Delray Beach, FL (DLB)
- Deerfield Beach, FL (DFB)
- Fort Lauderdale, FL (FTL)
- Hollywood, FL (HOL)
- Miami, FL (MIA)