Passenger Rail

Today's passenger rail

Rail passenger service in Iowa is currently provided by Amtrak on the California Zephyr from Chicago to Oakland, Calif., and the Southwestern Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Amtrak Routes in Iowa California Zephyr
The California Zephyr operates over the BNSF Railway Co. (BNSF) tracks in southern Iowa, providing daily trips in both directions. Stations include Burlington, Mount Pleasant, Ottumwa, Osceola and Creston.

Southwest Chief
The Southwest Chief also operates daily in both directions over the BNSF tracks in extreme southeast Iowa, with one stop in Fort Madison.

For information and reservations, see Amtrak's website, call Amtrak at 800-USA-RAIL or contact your local travel agent.

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