Seating Accommodations

Seating Options

On most Amtrak trains, you have three options for seating accommodations. The availability of these options varies depending on your route and the type of train equipment in use. 

Coach Class: Designed for Your Comfort

Stretch out with ample legroom and recline to relax as you cruise to your destination in Coach Class. Coach Class seats are available on all trains except Acela.

Reserved Coach Seat

Unreserved Coach Seat

Coach Class Seats on Single-Level Trains

Business Class: More Amenities. Upgraded Comfort.

Want more amenities? Business Class provides an enhanced level of comfort as well as a few perks during your journey. Available on many routes across the country, Business Class is located in a dedicated car or section on the train.

Business Class Seats and Features

First Class: Exclusively on Acela

Acela First Class offers a luxe travel experience complete with early boarding, at-seat service, complimentary meals and beverages, quiet and elegant atmosphere, and spacious seating. Complimentary hot towels are also provided.

First Class Features

Easy Upgrade

You can upgrade your accommodations from Coach Class to First Class and Business Class seats on Amtrak.com, through our mobile applications, at a staffed station or over the phone at 1-800-USA-RAIL.

On trains with sleeping accommodations, you may be able to upgrade to a roomette or bedroom, availability permitting.

The Conductor can help you with a seat or sleeper upgrade on board your train if unsold space is available.

Easy Upgrade

You can upgrade your accommodations from Coach Class to First Class and Business Class seats on Amtrak.com, through our mobile applications, at a staffed station or over the phone at 1-800-USA-RAIL.

On trains with sleeping accommodations, you may be able to upgrade to a roomette or bedroom, availability permitting.

The Conductor can help you with a seat or sleeper upgrade on board your train if unsold space is available.

Accessible Seating

Accessible space is available on all trains for passengers with disabilities and mobility impairments.

Accessible Seats

Often referred to as Transfer Seats, accessible seats offer extra room making it easier for a passenger to transfer from a wheelchair into the seat, a passenger who uses a walker, a passenger with a leg in a cast that doesn’t bend and thereby requires additional legroom or a passenger with a large service animal, etc. There is room nearby to store a passenger's folded wheelchair.

Wheelchair Space

There is no seat in the wheelchair space area, but passengers may park, and remain in, an occupied wheelchair here. There is no wheelchair lockdown device.

Learn more information about our Accessible Travel Services.

Accessible Seating

Accessible space is available on all trains for passengers with disabilities and mobility impairments.

Accessible Seats

Often referred to as Transfer Seats, accessible seats offer extra room making it easier for a passenger to transfer from a wheelchair into the seat, a passenger who uses a walker, a passenger with a leg in a cast that doesn’t bend and thereby requires additional legroom or a passenger with a large service animal, etc. There is room nearby to store a passenger's folded wheelchair.

Wheelchair Space

There is no seat in the wheelchair space area, but passengers may park, and remain in, an occupied wheelchair here. There is no wheelchair lockdown device.

Learn more information about our Accessible Travel Services.

Seating Accommodation Policies

Amtrak will monitor seating of passengers to ensure compliance with the following policies:

  • Each passenger paying a fare is entitled to a seat, to the extent coach seats are available.
  • Passengers are entitled to one seat per fare, to ensure other paying passengers are not excluded.
  • Unless specific seats are assigned, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. On unreserved trains, there are no guaranteed seats.
  • Seating assignments are made without regard to race, color, creed, national origin or gender.
  • Amtrak reserves the right, whenever operating conditions require, to transfer passengers from one car or train to another en route.