Amtrak Train Service
Transportation • Other
Baggage Restrictions • Schedules
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.
and overhead racks are available on the train, as well
as a snack
All passengers must present a picture
ID upon boarding so make sure to bring one
Specific information about the Amtrak train station in each
stopping town will be listed under
for that stopping town.
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
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.
Here for more information about mid-route
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,
- All Saluki and Illini trains between Chicago
and Carbondale (train numbers 390, 391, 392, 393)
Carl Sandburg and Illinois Zephyr trains between
Chicago and Quincy (train numbers 380, 381, 382, 383)
Missouri River Runner trains between St. Louis,
MO and Kansas City, MO (train numbers 311, 313, 314,
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
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.
Here for the current Amtrak train schedule and
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.