On-Board Amenities

Amtrak California is a convenient, relaxing, and affordable way to travel.  Whether you're an active family on vacation or a business professional headed to a meeting, there are several advantages to traveling by train.

Comfortable Seating

Amtrak California trains provide spacious, comfortable seats, with drop-down tray tables, and large picture windows to enjoy the view.

Room to Stretch Out

You may get up and walk through the train, from one car to another while it is traveling.  On bi-level trains, car-to-car passage is on the upper level.  Please note: Access to Pacific Business Class cars is limited to those passengers who have paid the extra fare.

Café Cars

All Amtrak California trains have food and beverage service available on-board in the Café Car.  The Café offers sandwiches, salads, snacks, and a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.  Café Cars have tables for eating, drinking, socializing, playing games, etc.  Seating in the Café Car is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Food purchased on-board may be taken back to your seat.   You may also bring personal food on-board to consume at your seat.  See Food and Beverages.

Radios, MP3 Players, Computers, and More

Electrical outlets are provided at every seat for powering a variety of electronic devices.  Complimentary Wi-Fi® is available on all Amtrak California trains and most Thruway buses (see Complimentary Wi-Fi®).  You may use electronic devices, including cell phones, during train travel.  Please use discretion when talking on the phone. Speak softly to avoid disturbing other passengers.  For any devices requiring sound, please use headphones and keep the volume low. 

Complimentary Wi-Fi®

Complimentary Wi-Fi® is available on all Amtrak California trains and most Thruway buses.  Delivered free of charge, this basic Wi-Fi service supports general web browsing activities. Due to limited bandwidth onboard the trains, our Wi-Fi does not support high-bandwidth actions such as streaming music, streaming video or downloading large files. Wi-Fi is available on the San Joaquin, Pacific Surfliner and most Thruway buses.


All coach cars provide restroom facilities equipped with a toilet, sink, soap, paper towels, and air hand dryers.  Lower level restrooms are ADA accessible. 


Mobility impaired, elderly and other passengers needing assistance, such as a wheeled mobility device or baggage assistance, should call 1-800-USA-RAIL as much in advance of travel as possible.  This applies to those planning travel on unreserved trains and buses, as well as reserved trains.  All Amtrak California trains are equipped with accessible restrooms on the lower level of each car.

Better for the Environment

As a traveler, you realize that you need to get from point A to point B, but you'd like be able to get to your destination without ruining the earth. Good News! You can balance your travel needs while mitigating your impact on the environment when you travel by rail. Leave your car at home, and let Amtrak California get you where you need to go.

More than just a convenient way to travel, Amtrak California is also energy efficient. Traveling by rail contributes less per passenger mile to greenhouse gas emissions than both cars and airplanes. According to U.S. Department of Energy data, Amtrak is almost 20 percent more efficient than domestic airline travel and 28 percent more efficient than auto travel on a per-passenger-mile basis.  For more on traveling green click here.