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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Amtrak Train Service

Bicycle TransportationOther Baggage RestrictionsSchedules and Fares
Individual Refunds and Changes


Amtrak trains are a unique feature of our events! They are a superior alternative to coach bus transportation and we prefer to use them whenever possible. Not only are Amtrak trains more comfortable and open than a coach bus, they are also generally faster, less expensive, and less likely to get filled up because they have significantly more seating capacity.

Bathrooms and overhead racks are available on the train, as well as a snack car.

All passengers must present a picture ID upon boarding so make sure to bring one with you.

Specific information about the Amtrak train station in each stopping town will be listed under the information for that stopping town.

 

Bicycle Transportation

  • Click Here for more information about bringing your bicycle aboard Amtrak trains.

Fully Assembled, Unboxed Bicycles
A limited number of fully assembled, unboxed bicycles may be carried aboard a limited number of trains. There is an extra charge to transport your bike aboard and you need to make and purchase an extra ticket specifically for it.

We prepurchase all reservations for fully assembled, unboxed bicycles on all appropriate trains for our transportation services in order to ensure spaces are available as necessary for bicycle transportation aboard.

When we are certain that the number of participants travelling on each train will exceed the maximum number of fully assembled, unboxed bicycles allowed we will transport all bicycles ourselves. However, we may have participants doing a mid-route stop carry their bicycles aboard the train themselves so we do not have to stop at a mid-route location along the way.

  • Click Here for more information about mid-route stops.

Illinois and Missouri Service Trains
Up to four fully assembled, unboxed bicycles may be carried aboard the following daily trains serving Illinois and Missouri:

  • All Lincoln Service trains between Chicago and St. Louis, MO (train numbers 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, and 307)
  • All Saluki and Illini trains between Chicago and Carbondale (train numbers 390, 391, 392, 393)
  • All Carl Sandburg and Illinois Zephyr trains between Chicago and Quincy (train numbers 380, 381, 382, 383)
  • All Missouri River Runner trains between St. Louis, MO and Kansas City, MO (train numbers 311, 313, 314, 316)

Boxed Bicycles
When fully assembled, unboxed bicycles are NOT allowed to be carried aboard your boxed bicycle can be carried aboard as your piece of checked baggage for an additional fee. You will need to check your bicycle at the station at least an hour before departure.

Other Baggage Restrictions
Please note the following limitations regarding carry-on bags aboard the Amtrak train:

  • Size: Each carry-on bag may not exceed 28x22x14 inches in size.
  • Weight: Each carry-on bag may weigh no more than 50 lbs.
  • Quantity: You are limited to two pieces of carry-on baggage, not including purses or briefcases
  • Identification: Each carry-on bag must have an identification tag.

Schedules and Fares

  • Click Here for the current Amtrak train schedule and fares.

Individual Refunds and Changes
If you have not yet already picked up your ticket, Amtrak can issue you full a refund if you cancel more than 24 hours before your trip. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your trip Amtrak can still issue you a refund but there will be a penalty of 10% of your fare.

If you have already picked up your ticket it is not refundable.

You can cancel transportation for just your bicycle only. This cannot be done online - you have to call Amtrak customer service to do so. The passenger portion of the fare will remain the same.

Even though customers cannot directly change the name on a reservation, customer service can effectively accommodate name changes by cancelling the original ticket and then reissuing it in another name.

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