Can You Bring Your Own Alcohol On Amtrak?


Amtrak sells alcoholic beverages on its trains, but if you’re particularly partial to a specific wine, beer or liquor, you’re permitted to board with the drink and consume it during your trip.

You can’t, however, consume your own alcohol in public areas of the train.

Can you bring your own food and drink on Amtrak?

You may bring your own food and beverages onboard for consumption at your seat or private Sleeping Car accommodations. However, you can only consume food and beverages purchased in Dining and Lounge Cars in those cars. Personal food and beverages are allowed in the upper level of Superliner Sightseer Lounges.

What can you bring on an Amtrak train?

Small items include things such as medical devices, pillows and blankets, coats, coolers, purses and small bags, and electronic devices. Carry-on baggage must be stowed either overhead or under the seat in front of you (standard Amtrak trains usually have rather large overhead areas for storing luggage).

Can I drink my own alcohol on a train?

You are allowed to consume alcohol on our trains; however, we do not tolerate any anti-social behaviour. Under the railway byelaws, if you are deemed to be intoxicated we may ask you to leave the train or station.

Does Amtrak check your bags?

If checked baggage is available, each passenger can check two bags free of charge to their final destination. Checked baggage is not offered on all trains and stations, so please check with Amtrak to see if checked baggage is available throughout your journey. The complete baggage policy is available on

Is there WiFi on Amtrak?

Yes, even on this Amtrak long distance train, you can connect to wifi. Yes, Virginia. There is wifi aboard Amtrak and at Amtrak stations. The good news: wifi is offered aboard many Amtrak trains including long distance trains.

How early should I arrive for Amtrak?

We recommend arriving a minimum of 30-45 minutes before the train is scheduled to roll out. But if you’re new to the station, plan to check baggage or want to grab a magazine before your trip, earlier is better.