The sooner the better! We recommend booking your trip at first opportunity for availability as seats are filling up fast and we anticipate strong demand for this new and exciting experience! We release our schedule three months at a time, so if the date you are looking for doesn’t show up as available, just know that it will become available in the following months!
Yes, prepaid reservations are required for all our trains. We accept Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. Reservations can only be made online or via our customer support line, 434-391-9772.
We have a spacious and comfortable bathroom near the entrance to the train.
During the ticket booking process, guests are given the option of choosing their seating from our seating map, or choosing which description best fits their party needs. When viewing the seating map, tables are labeled 1 through 11, with the number of passengers able to sit at the table shown as red squares around the table. We offer tables of two or four, and suggest those with larger parties to book on days where multiple tables of four are available side by side. Any table shown with a red X in their surrounding squares have been booked by other passengers.
Yes! Our passenger car is climate controlled, comfortable and inviting no matter what the weather may bring.
We do not offer any deboarding during our trips. The train will come to a stop once it’s reached the designated turn around point, at which time our train engine will perform a “runaround”, moving from one side of the passenger car to the other for its return trip to Staunton.
On average, the train will be traveling at 25 to 30 miles an hour. These speeds may fluctuate as our train is on an active rail line handling other train traffic including Amtrak commuter trains and freight trains.
Our excursion experiences are approximately 3 hours long. Train speed and duration may fluctuate during your ride as our train operates on an active rail line handling other train traffic including Amtrak trains and freight trains. While we cannot guarantee an exact 3-hour ride on our active rail line, our train crews will do their best to ensure you get the full duration of experience.
All trains are round-trips, so your ride will both start and end at the Staunton Amtrak Station.
Yes, seating is based off of table reservations, meaning that while you may sit at any seat at your reserved table, you are not able to move to another table at any time. We offer seating options for parties of one or two at our tables for two, and offer options for parties of two, three, or four at our tables of four. Parties that are larger than four are encouraged to book on a day with multiple tables of four available side by side.
With the limited space available in train cars, and for the safety of all passengers, strollers and car seats may not be brought on board the train.
We currently operate one passenger car that does not allow smoking of any kind including electronic cigarettes and vaping. Smoking is allowed at a distance from others at the Staunton Amtrak station before you board the train.
We currently do not offer discounts of any kind for tickets on our excursions. Children ages 2 and under whom can be held for the duration of the trip do not need to have tickets purchased for them.
Standard public dress code applies, No shirt, no shoes, no boarding! Dress to your own comfort, as long as it doesn’t affect the comfort of your fellow passengers.
Ticket processing fee is 1.5% and subject to a 5.3% Virginia Sales tax fee.
Due to the age and history of our car, stairs, narrow hallways, and other limitations make it inaccessible to persons utilizing walkers, wheelchairs, motorized scooters, etc. We apologize for this inconvenience, but we are making strides to improve and allow for improved accessibility in other passenger cars coming in the future.
We do not allow outside food or beverages to be brought aboard the train.
Starting in October, adults over the age of 21 may purchase from a limited menu of wine and beer options. Guests are limited to two servings per person.
Any changes or cancellations must be made a minimum of 7 business days prior to the day of your departure. Special event tickets such as for the Santa Express are final sales – no refunds or date changes are available. Tickets are transferrable.
Our trains operate rain, snow, or shine. The decision to run is based on weather conditions at the railroad. If the train runs, we do not issue refunds for those unable to make the ride. We will reschedule if able. If a train is cancelled, a gift card will be issued – no cash refunds will be made.
The train departs from the Staunton Amtrak Station located at 12 Middlebrook Ave., Staunton, Virginia, 24401. Plan to arrive at the station 30 minutes before your selected train schedule. Boarding begins 10 minutes before departure time, or the time listed for your excursion. Parking can be challenging in the downtown area so leave plenty of time to walk to the loading platform from a parking lot or parking structure. Our train cannot be held for late passengers.
While we have a few parking spots available at the Staunton Amtrak station, you may need to find parking on the nearby street or one of the nearby parking decks or lots. During weekdays, Staunton street parking is free of charge for only two hours and will not be enough for the duration of your trip. We recommend planning to arrive early so that you are able to find parking and be ready to depart when our train arrives.
We do not provide physical tickets for any of our excursions. You will receive an email confirmation of your order as well as your tickets at the email address you provide during the booking process. There will be a link that reads “Go to your Ticket” that you need to select in order to open your digital ticket. This will appear as a QR code or barcode, and will need to be printed off and brought or shown on your mobile device for entry onto the train.
While there is a Buckingham Branch railyard located in Staunton, Virginia, we ask that you do not visit here as it is where we primarily do maintenance and preform critical duties for our freight division. Keep an eye out though, we will more news on this coming later in the year!
“Service Animals” – Virginia Scenic Railway is in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and permits services animals in the facility. Emotional support, comfort and companionship are NOT covered tasks defining the function and use of a service animal under the law.
Please answer these two questions regarding the use of your service dog:
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Our booking agents phone lines are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday and can be reached by calling 434-391-9772.
Aboard the Virginia Scenic Railway, you’ll get a front-row seat to some of Virginia’s prettiest views, including the legendary Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Depending on the excursion you choose, you’ll roar through tunnels, speed over bridges, race past scenic fields and forests, and climb over mountains.