Amtrak’s Palmetto trains run daily and connect New York City and Savannah with stops in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. For an extra fee, business class is available and includes non-alcoholic beverages, newspaper and priority boarding (plus seats are fully refundable should you need to cancel your trip last minute).

Things to Know

  • There is WiFi and a cafe on the train, but no dining car
  • The Palmetto is a day train with no overnight travel
  • The Silver Star and Silver Meteor trains stop at the same rail stations, but continue on to Florida, so you can also book a seat on those trains if the times work better with your schedule

Schedule

View the Amtrak timetable for the Palmetto train (listed under Silver Service). You can also view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets.

Schedule highlights:

  • One train per day in each direction
  • Trip time between Savannah and Charleston is about 1.5 hours (faster than driving)
  • Trains depart New York City very early in the morning and arrive around midnight assuming no delays

Reviews

Top tips and takeaways from rider reviews:

  • Trains can have delays, but fewer major ones than other routes
  • Pack a snack or meal that you can eat on the train if you don’t want to order off the limited cafe menu
  • Also bring warm layers, such as a hooded sweatshirt, fleece jacket or small blanket as trains can be cold

Major Stops

  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Washington D.C.
  • Richmond, VA
  • Florence, SC (Myrtle Beach)
  • Charleston, SC
  • Savannah, GA

Stations

Attractions

  • Manhattan
  • Empire State Building
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Rutgers University
  • Rutgers Geology Museum
  • Zimmerli Art Museum
  • Delaware History Museum
  • Delaware Children’s Museum
  • The Delaware Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Wilmington Rowing Center
  • U.S. Capitol Building
  • Washington D.C. museums
  • Old Town Alexandria
  • James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
  • Fredericksburg City Dock Park
  • Edgar Allen Poe Museum
  • Virginia State Capitol
  • Imagination Station Science & History Museum
  • Savannah Historic District (requires vehicle)