Amtrak Bus - Schedules and Tickets

Amtrak is a transportation company offering both train and bus services, with over 30 train routes in the U.S. and access to 500 destinations across North America.

Amtrak Thruway is a ticketed transport system linking passengers to areas beyond Amtrak train coverage. Often using dedicated buses, it may also include non-dedicated intercity buses, transit options, vans, taxis, ferries, and commuter trains.

Passengers usually buy combined train and Thruway tickets for their entire journey through Amtrak, ensuring timed connections for guaranteed transfers.

Some Thruway services not only connect unserved areas but also serve as backup along rail corridors, boosting capacity.

Índice
  1. History of Amtrak Thruway Bus
  2. Amtrak Thruway Bus Routes and Schedules
  3. How to Purchase Amtrak Bus Tickets?
    1. Website
    2. Amtrak App
    3. Phone:
    4. Amtrak Station:
  4. Amtrak Bus Routes
    1. Northeast
    2. East
    3. Midwest
    4. West
    5. Pacific Northwest
    6. California
  5. Amtrak Bus Fleet Photos
  6. Amtrak Bus Station
    1. Boston, Massachusetts
    2. New York, New York
    3. Wilmington, DE (WIL)
    4. Providence, Rhode Island
  7. Customer service and Phone Numbers for Amtrak Bus

History of Amtrak Thruway Bus

Amtrak's Thruway network acts as an extension of its train services, reaching destinations beyond the immediate reach of its tracks. This network wasn't always called "Thruway." The initial iteration, launched in 1973, connected passengers from Amtrak's "Inter-American" train in Laredo, Texas, to the "Aztec Eagle" train operated by N de M in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

The following year, Amtrak partnered with Greyhound to offer combined rail and bus tickets for connecting services. These collaborations were the early forerunners of the current Thruway Motorcoach system.

The first dedicated bus service under the "Amtrak Thruway" name launched in California in 1993. In 2014, Amtrak significantly expanded its Thruway Motorcoach services across the entirety of the United States.

Amtrak Thruway Bus Routes and Schedules

Reference: Check all the schedules here

How to Purchase Amtrak Bus Tickets?

Amtrak itself doesn't operate traditional buses, but they offer connecting bus services called Thruway which extend their reach to locations without train stations. Here's how you can purchase tickets for these Thruway buses:

Website

  • Select your trip and add to cart.
  • Provides information to the passenger.
  • Make the payment.
  • Receive confirmation by email.
  • Check details in your account or contact Amtrak customer service if necessary.

Amtrak App

Phone:

Call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) and speak to a representative about your desired route. They can check for Thruway connections and help you purchase tickets.

Amtrak Station:

If you're near an Amtrak station with staff, you can visit them in person to purchase tickets, including Thruway bus tickets, for your desired route.

Amtrak Bus Routes

Northeast

  • Boston to Manchester (Boston Express)
  • Boston to Concord/Berlin, New Hampshire (through-ticketed Concord Coach Lines route)
  • Boston to Concord/Littleton, New Hampshire (through-ticketed Concord Coach Lines route)
  • Boston to Newburyport, Massachusetts/Portsmouth, New Hampshire (through-ticketed C&J route)
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts - Providence Station (through-ticketed) Operated by DATTCO Motor Coach
  • New London, Connecticut, to Foxwoods Casino (through-ticketed SEAT route)
  • Philadelphia to Atlantic City, New Jersey (through-ticketed NJ Transit Atlantic City Line rail route)
  • Philadelphia to Pottstown/Reading, Pennsylvania (service provided by Krapf Coaches)
  • Philadelphia to Quakertown/Allentown/White Haven/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania (service provided by Martz Trailways)
  • Washington, D.C. to Charlottesville, Virginia (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Baltimore/Washington_International_AirportBWI Airport Amtrak station to Kent Island/Easton/Cambridge/Salisbury/Ocean Pines/Ocean City, Maryland (operated by BayRunner Shuttle)
  • Baltimore/Washington_International_AirportBWI Airport Amtrak station to Frederick/Hagerstown/Cumberland/Grantsville, Maryland (operated by BayRunner Shuttle)
  • Portland, Maine, to Bangor (through-ticketed Concord Coach Lines route)
  • Buffalo to Jamestown, New York (through-ticketed Coach USA Erie route)
  • Worcester Union Station - Providence Station (through-ticketed) Operated by DATTCO Motor Coach

East

  • Westport, New York, to Lake Placid, New York (operated by Ground Force 1)
  • Killington to Rutland (Gramps Shuttle)
  • DeLand, Florida, to Daytona Beach (thruway service is a taxicab provided by Tri Star Taxi)
  • Orlando/Tampa to St. Petersburg/Fort Myers, Florida (operated by Martz First Class)
  • Wilson, North Carolina, to numerous cities in eastern North Carolina (Greenville, New Bern, Havelock, Morehead City, Goldsboro, Kinston, Jacksonville, and Wilmington) (through ticketed motorcoach operated by Southeastern Tours of Greenville).[6]
  • Charlottesville to Richmond, Virginia (operated by Academy Bus Express)
  • High Point, North Carolina, to Winston-Salem (operated by Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation)[7]
  • Meridian, Mississippi, to Dallas (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Harrisburg to Williamsport, Pennsylvania (through-ticketed Fullington Trailways route)
  • Pittsburgh to State College, Pennsylvania (through-ticketed Fullington Trailways route)
  • Pittsburgh to Columbus/Dayton, Ohio/Indianapolis, Indiana (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Charleston, West Virginia, to numerous cities in northern West Virginia (Sutton/Flatwoods, Weston, Clarksburg, Fairmont & Morgantown) (operated by Barons Bus Lines)

Midwest

  • Toledo, Ohio, to East Lansing, Michigan, via Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan (Trinity Transportation)
  • Battle Creek, Michigan, to Flint (through-ticketed Indian Trails route)
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan, to St. Ignace (through-ticketed Indian Trails route)
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan to Grand Rapids (through-ticketed Indian Trails route)
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan to Sault Ste. Marie (through-ticketed Indian Trails route)
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan to Gaylord (through-ticketed Indian Trails route)
  • Port Huron to Detroit (Hoosier Ride)
  • Chicago to Rockford, Illinois/Madison, Wisconsin (through-ticketed Van Galder Bus Company route)
  • Indianapolis to Galesburg, Illinois/Davenport, Iowa (through-ticketed Burlington Trailways route)
  • Chicago/Indianapolis to Louisville, Kentucky (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Carbondale, Illinois, to St. Louis (Vandalia Bus Lines)
  • New Orleans to Baton Rouge (Greyhound Lines)
  • Kansas City, Missouri, to Oklahoma City via Tulsa (through-ticketed Jefferson Lines route)
  • Milwaukee to Oshkosh, Wisconsin/Wausau, Wisconsin (through-ticketed Lamers Bus Lines route)
  • Milwaukee to Green Bay, Wisconsin, via Appleton, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac
  • Milwaukee to Madison, Wisconsin (Badger Bus)
  • Milwaukee to Houghton, Michigan (Indian Trails)
  • Milwaukee to Minneapolis/St. Paul via Eau Claire, Wisconsin (Jefferson Lines)
  • Galesburg, Illinois, to Springfield, Illinois
  • St. Paul-Minneapolis to Duluth, Minnesota (through-ticketed Jefferson Lines route)
  • Newton, Kansas, to Oklahoma City via Wichita.
  • Toledo, Ohio, to Chicago, Illinois

West

  • Albuquerque to El Paso (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Denver to Colorado Springs/Pueblo (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Denver to Glenwood Springs, Colorado (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Denver to Buffalo, Wyoming (through-ticketed Express Arrow route)
  • Flagstaff to Williams/Grand Canyon (through-ticketed Groome route)
  • Flagstaff to Phoenix (through-ticketed Groome or Greyhound route)
  • Flagstaff to Sedona (through-ticketed Groome route)
  • Kingman to Laughlin, NV and Las Vegas, NV (through-ticketed Harry_Reid_International_AirportVegas Airporter route)
  • Lamy, New Mexico, to Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Longview, Texas, to Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Longview to Houston/Galveston
  • Houston to Galveston (through-ticketed Kerrville Bus route)
  • Maricopa to Phoenix (through-ticketed Stagecoach Express route)
  • Oklahoma City to Kansas City, Missouri, via Tulsa (through-ticketed Jefferson Lines route)
  • Raton, New Mexico, to Denver (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Salt Lake City to Boise (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Salt Lake City to Las Vegas via St. George (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • San Antonio to Laredo (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • San Antonio to McAllen (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Temple to Killeen/Fort Cavazos

Pacific Northwest

  • Seattle to Vancouver, British Columbia (through-ticketed Cantrail route)
  • Seattle to Bellingham and Vancouver, BC
  • Seattle to Vancouver Island/Victoria, British Columbia (through-ticketed Victoria Clipper ferry route)
  • Portland to Eugene-Springfield (through-ticketed POINT route)
  • Portland to Astoria (through-ticketed POINT route)
  • Spokane to Boise (through-ticketed Northwestern Trailways route)
  • Seattle to Wenatchee/Spokane (through-ticketed Northwestern Trailways route)
  • Portland to Pendleton/Boise (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Portland/Albany to Corvallis/Newport (through-ticketed Valley Retriever route)
  • Redmond to Chemult (operated by TAC Transportation)
  • Klamath Falls to Brookings (through-ticketed POINT route)
  • Eugene to Bend/Ontario (through-ticketed POINT route)
  • Eugene to Coos Bay (operated by TAC Transportation)
  • Klamath Falls to Ashland

California

  • Route 1: Bakersfield – Los Angeles – Santa Ana – San Diego
  • Route 1C: Bakersfield – Newhall - Burbank Airport Hollywood_Burbank_International_Airport– UCLA – Santa Monica
  • Route 3: Redding – Chico – Sacramento – Stockton
  • Route 4: Los Angeles – Santa Barbara – Goleta
  • Route 6: Stockton – San Jose – Santa Cruz (some Stockton – San Jose services operated by Altamont Corridor Express trains, San Jose – Santa Cruz operated as Highway 17 Express by Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District)
  • Route 7: Martinez – Napa – Santa Rosa – Arcata
  • Route 10: Santa Barbara – Bakersfield – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Route 15A: Merced – Yosemite (through-ticketed Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System route)
  • Route 15B: Fresno – Yosemite (through-ticketed Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System route)
  • Route 17: Oakland – San Luis Obispo – Santa Barbara
  • Route 18: Santa Maria – San Luis Obispo – Hanford – Visalia
  • Route 19: Bakersfield – Pasadena – Riverside – San Bernardino
  • Route 20: Sacramento – South Lake Tahoe (through-ticketed El Dorado Transit route) or Colfax – Reno/Sparks, Nevada
  • Route 21: San Jose – San Luis Obispo – Santa Barbara
  • Route 39: Fullerton – Palm Springs – Coachella Valley
  • Route 99: Oakland/Emeryville – San Francisco

Amtrak Bus Fleet Photos

Amtrak Bus Station

Boston, Massachusetts

  • South Station
  • Train Station - Station Building (with waiting room)
  • Adress: 2 South Station, Boston, MA 02110

New York, New York

  • Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station
  • Train Station - Station Building (with waiting room)
  • Adress: 351 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001

Wilmington, DE (WIL)

  • Station Building (with waiting room)
  • Adress: 100 South French Street, Wilmington, DE

Providence, Rhode Island

  • Amtrak/MBTA Station
  • Train Station - Station Building (with waiting room)
  • Adress: 100 Gaspee Street, Providence, RI 02903

Customer service and Phone Numbers for Amtrak Bus

Amtrak itself doesn't have a separate customer service line for Thruway buses since they are extensions of train routes. You can use the general Amtrak customer service options for any inquiries related to Thruway buses:

  • Phone: The main Amtrak number, 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245), can connect you to a representative who can assist you with Thruway buses.

  • Amtrak Website: While there's no dedicated section for Thruway buses, you can use the contact information on the Amtrak website https://www.amtrak.com/contact-us They have options to chat with a representative or send an email regarding your Thruway questions.

  • Amtrak App: The Amtrak app allows you to contact customer service through the app itself. You can use the chat function or send them a message about your Thruway inquiry. App Store | Google Play

Remember, these methods will connect you to general Amtrak customer service, and they can handle any questions you have about Thruway bus tickets or connections.

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