Iowa December 13, 2021
Ride The Amtrak All The Way Across Iowa For Just $42
Looking for a new way to see Iowa? How about a train ride all the way across the state?
As a resident of the Hawkeye state, it’s almost certain that you’ve traveled across the state at one point or another – most likely on Interstate 80, although you also could have chosen highways such as 30, 20, or 34 among others for a slower or more scenic way to see and experience this great state.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
But let's face it, each of these traveling options requires navigating traffic and paying attention to the road. Perhaps one of the highlights of traveling by train is the ability to sit back and watch the scenery without dealing with traffic. Or just the simple fact that you go places and see things you can’t get to in a car. It's truly an interesting perspective!
To see the length of Iowa, take the train from Burlington, Iowa to Omaha, Nebraska. The cost for a one-way ticket between these two stations is only $42. The ride takes around five and a half hours and can be done from east to west or west to east.
The Amtrak Station at Burlington, Iowa.
Omaha, Nebraska is the nearest station to Iowa's western border, and Burlington, Iowa is the first station on the eastern flank of the state. The tracks more or less pass directly between those two stations with additional stations from west to east of Creston, Osceola, Ottumwa, and Mount Pleasant.
The Amtrak station at Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
This train is the California Zephyr. Eastbound trains leave Emeryville, California in the morning and take over two days to reach the end of their line in Chicago, Illinois. The eastbound trains approach the western Iowa border around 5:00 a.m. daily and reach Burlington, Iowa around 10:30 a.m. Westbound trains leave Burlington around 5:30 p.m. and arrive in Omaha around 11:00 p.m.
The California Zephyr at the Ottumwa Station.
If you are going to see the views, consider that there will be much longer daylight hours in the summer. The train has a meal car and an observation car. It also is two levels, so make sure to book the upper level if you want a view.
A word for the wise - call ahead to check the schedule for delays on the day of your departure. It's not unheard of for there to be several hours worth of delays; however, time can be made up so keep checking to avoid missing the train.
The Osceola, Iowa Amtrak Station.
To learn more or buy tickets for your trip to see Iowa by train, visit
Amtrak’s website. Amtrak isn’t the only train to be taken in Iowa, either. Try a 24-mile trip on the Iowa favorite Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad as well. Address: Burlington Station, 300 S Main St, Burlington, IA 52601, USA