The Texas Eagle Amtrak route is the longest in the United States, connecting Chicago with Los Angeles and providing train service between major cities in Texas. Explore schedules, stations and the many attractions near stations in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Arizona and California.

Things to Know

  • The entire trip is over 65 hours, which is three nights on the train
  • Volunteer national park rangers typically provide narrations during portions of the trip, but this amenity might not be available during the pandemic.
  • Maricopa is the stop for Phoenix. You can request a Lyft or Uber car from the Maricopa Station or book your Amtrak ticket to Phoenix, which will include bus service to downtown Phoenix.
  • No WiFi, but there is a dining car, lounge, sleeping accommodations and checked bags at select stations


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


Top tips and takeaways from online rider reviews:

  • Overall enjoyable trip/route, but cleanliness can be hit or miss
  • Pleasant way to travel between cities in Texas
  • Great time unplugging and meeting other passengers on the train
  • There can be delays (common for Amtrak due to sharing tracks with freight rail), so as long as you aren’t in a hurry to get somewhere, you’ll be fine

Major Stops

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



  • 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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