Amtrak features Wi-Fi service on a handful of its trains and at several of its train stations. Amtrak customers might encounter a couple of kinds of Wi-Fi. The first is AmtrakConnect Wi-Fi, which is a free service that Amtrak provides to travelers. Passengers also can find third-party Wi-Fi networks for which they might have to pay in Downeaster trains and at stations in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Santa Barbara, California; Portland, Oregon; and New Haven, Connecticut.


Amtrak provides free Wi-Fi service on three train lines -- the Acela Express, Amtrak Cascades and Coast Starlight. Wi-Fi service in Coast Starlight trains is available for sleeping car passengers only in the Pacific Parlour car. AmtrakConnect Wi-Fi is also available at the Amtrak stations in Baltimore, Maryland; Boston; Lorton, Virginia; New York City; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Providence, Rhode Island; Sanford, Florida; Westwood, Massachusetts;, Wilmington, Delaware; and Washington, D.C.


Passengers on the Acela Express will find the access to streaming video. Downloads of more than 10 megabytes are prohibited. Amtrak does this to avoid accessibility problems among travelers. These restrictions are not in place in any Amtrak station that provides Wi-Fi service.

Blocked Sites

Users should not expect to be able to access all sites when they use the AmtrakConnect Wi-Fi network. Amtrak blocks content that it deems to be inappropriate to be viewed in a public place. Amtrak will consider unblocking websites that you feel have improperly been blocked.


You may connect to the AmtrakConnect Wi-Fi network through any device that features Wi-Fi capability. This includes laptops and web-enabled smartphones. You also can use tablets to connect to the Wi-Fi network in a web-enabled train or station.


According to Amtrak, the company is evaluating whether to install Wi-Fi networks on other trains. As of the date of publication, Amtrack said passengers should expect updates about Wi-Fi network expansion soon.