Rider's Guide

border crossing

Traveling over the United States/Canadian border requires specific identification and there are other laws you may need to comply with.


pre-trip checklist

If you've never traveled on Amtrak Cascades, or it's been a while since you have, take note of the following information before you leave for the station:

Travel Documents Be sure you have all travel-related documents together before you leave for the train station. Be sure to bring your tickets and identification.

Health and Medical Precautions If you or someone in your party takes medication, or has special health or medical needs, please contact Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL for more information.

Baggage Carry-on baggage is limited to two pieces per passenger (with few exceptions). Checked baggage service is available only at certain train stations. Be sure you understand our baggage guidelines before leaving for the station.

Seating On most Amtrak Cascades trains, seating is on a first-come, first served basis. Once onboard, the conductor may assign seats. Learn more about our seating accommodations.

Make Your Trip More Enjoyable Don't forget to bring along those personal items that will help you get the most out of your trip. Our seasoned riders recommend the following:

  • Laptop, smartphone, or other Wi-Fi enabled device
  • Deck of cards
  • Travel games, board games
  • Personal CD or DVD player (with headphones)
  • Cell phone
  • Camera, video camera
  • Binoculars
  • A pillow and blanket
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Crayons and coloring books
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Book or magazine
  • A travel journal or notebook
  • Maps (to follow along during your journey)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hand towelettes

safety and security Video