The Sunset Limited Amtrak route travels between New Orleans and Los Angeles three times a week with stops in Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. It is based on the oldest-named route in the United States; the Southern Pacific Railway provided similar rail service starting in 1894. Then like now, enjoy stunning mountain, desert and lake views as you travel across the country.

Things to Know

  • No WiFi, but dining and lounge cars
  • Trains can get more crowded around Mardi Gras if you’re traveling to or from New Orleans, so you might want to plan your family vacation or solo trip at a different time
  • The Texas Eagle is attached to the Sunset Limited for part of the eastbound trip from L.A.
  • Maricopa is the stop for Phoenix, but it is still 30 miles away from the city center
  • National park rangers provide on board narratives between May and September at certain spots along the route

Schedule

View the Amtrak timetable for the Sunset Limited to plan your trip. You can also view schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets.

Highlights:

  • Trains depart New Orleans at 9 a.m. and L.A. at 10 p.m.
  • If trains are running on time, it is an early morning arrival in L.A. and night arrival in New Orleans
  • California scenery is hard to see because it is typically dark when trains travel through the state

Major Stops

  • New Orleans
  • Houston
  • San Antonio
  • El Paso
  • Tucson
  • Maricopa (Phoenix stop)
  • Los Angeles

Stations

Attractions

  • Mercedes-Benz Superdome
  • Smoothie King Center
  • National World War II Museum
  • Louisiana Children’s Museum
  • Ogden Museum of Modern Art
  • Lafayette Square Conservancy
  • Huey P. Long Bridge
  • Shadows-on-the-Teche
  • Bayou Teche Museum
  • Lafayette Science Museum
  • Children’s Museum of Acadiana
  • USS ORLECK Naval Museum
  • Lake Charles Children’s Museum
  • Lake Charles Civic Center
  • Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu
  • Downtown Aquarium Houston
  • Buffalo Bayou Hike and Bike Trail
  • George Bush Monument
  • Wortham Theater Center
  • Sesquicentennial Park
  • Houston Ballet
  • Houston Symphony
  • Alley Theatre
  • Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
  • Tranquility Park
  • San Antonio Convention Center
  • Historic Sunset Station
  • The Alamo
  • Alamodome
  • Institute of Texan Cultures
  • San Antonio Riverwalk
  • La Villita Historic Arts Village
  • Briscoe Western Art Museum
  • El Paso Railroad & Transportation Museum
  • Abraham Chavez Theatre
  • El Paso Museum of Art
  • Wigwam Museum
  • Continental Divide
  • Downtown Tucson
  • Iron Horse Park
  • Southern Arizona Transportation Museum
  • Old Pueblo Trolley
  • Aviation Bikeway
  • Yuma Art Center
  • Arizona Historical Society Sanguinetti House Museum
  • Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
  • Riverside Park
  • Ontario Museum of History and Art
  • Chaffey Community Museum of Art
  • American Museum of Ceramic Art
  • Latino Art Museum
  • Southern California Medical Museum
  • Fox Theater Pomona
  • Chinese American Museum
  • The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
  • Ahmanson Theatre
  • Grand Park
  • LA Opera
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall

More Information

Views from Sunset Limited
Amtrak routes with observation cars
L.A. Amtrak Station Guide