The Texas Eagle route is the longest in the United States, connecting Chicago with Los Angeles. Trains stop in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Arizona and California, with more frequent service between Chicago and San Antonio. Trains stop at major cities in Texas and feature Superliner rail cars with an upper and lower level.

Things to Know

  • No WiFi
  • The entire trip is over 65 hours, which is three nights on the train.
  • If you are departing from Chicago, you’ll get to Los Angeles faster via the Southwest Chief.
  • The Texas Eagle merges with the Sunset Limited in San Antonio and continues on to California.
  • Maricopa is the stop for Phoenix, which is about 45 minutes away from downtown. You can request a Lyft or Uber car from the Maricopa Station or book your Amtrak ticket to Phoenix, which will include bus service for the last leg of the trip.

Schedule

You can view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets. If you know your start and end stations, you can also use the Amtrak website to create a custom timetable. Schedule highlights:

  • Trains depart Chicago in the afternoon.
  • Trains depart Los Angeles around 10 p.m.
  • Trains are in Arkansas overnight, especially on westbound trains.
  • Trip time between Los Angeles and Palm Springs is about 2.5 hours.
  • Trip time between Dallas and Austin is almost 6 hours.
  • Trip time between Dallas and San Antonio is about 8 hours.

Accommodations

In addition to unassigned coach seats, there are roomettes, bedrooms, family bedrooms and accessible bedrooms (learn about the different sleeping accommodations here). Many people like the upper level for the views, but sitting or reserving sleeping accommodations on the lower level is helpful if you have motion sickness or want to be closer to bathrooms, showers and luggage storage. An observation car is available to all passengers, so even if you sit on the lower level, you have the option to see more scenery upstairs.

Cost

The cost of Amtrak tickets varies by type of ticket, distance traveled, time of year and how early you book your tickets. Coach seats are the most affordable, followed by roomettes and bedrooms.

Here are estimated Texas Eagles prices if you travel the entire route:

  • $100-$200 for coach seat
  • $600-$1,000 for a roomette
  • $1,400 for a family bedroom
  • $1,400 to $2,000 for a bedroom

Meals and coffee are included if you book sleeping accommodations, and bedroom prices drop under $1,000 if you are traveling between Chicago and either Dallas, Fort Worth or San Antonio.

Major Stops

  • Chicago
  • St. Louis
  • Little Rock
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth
  • Austin
  • San Antonio
  • El Paso
  • Tucson
  • Palm Springs
  • Los Angeles

Stations

Sights and Attractions

  • Chicago Loop
  • Willis Tower
  • Illinois State University
  • Illinois State Museum
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site
  • Scottrade Center
  • Peabody Opera House
  • Busch Stadium
  • Soldiers’ Memorial Military Museum
  • Gateway Mall
  • The Gateway Arch
  • Mississippi River
  • Ozark Mountains
  • Mo-Ark Regional Railroad Museum (open on Saturdays)
  • Lindsey Railroad Museum
  • Discovery Place Children’s Museum
  • Ace of Clubs House
  • Four States Auto Museum
  • Arkansas River
  • Downtown Dallas
  • Dallas Convention Center
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza
  • Sixth Floor Museum
  • Dealey Plaza
  • Dallas Holocaust Museum
  • Trinity Levee Trail
  • Downtown Fort Worth
  • Fort Worth Water Gardens
  • Fort Worth Convention Center
  • Colorado River
  • Ladybird Lake-Lamar Beach Metro Park
  • Sand Beach Park
  • Butler Shores
  • Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail
  • The Long Center for Performing Arts
  • 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
  • LBJ Museum
  • Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos
  • El Paso Railroad & Transportation Museum
  • Abraham Chavez Theatre
  • El Paso Museum of Art
  • Wigwam Museum
  • Downtown Tucson
  • Iron Horse Park
  • Southern Arizona Transportation Museum
  • Old Pueblo Trolley
  • Aviation Bikeway
  • 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

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