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Auto Train


Lorton (Washington D.C.) - Sanford (Orlando)

The Auto Train service by Amtrak provides a unique and convenient way to travel between Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida, with your vehicle. Avoid the hassle of driving long distances and let Amtrak transport you and your car safely and comfortably.

Relax in your own private sleeping accommodations or comfortable seating and enjoy the amenities offered onboard, such as complimentary Wi-Fi and power outlets. Indulge in delicious meals in the dining car and socialize with fellow travelers in the lounge. With the Auto Train service, Amtrak offers a seamless and enjoyable journey, allowing you to arrive at your destination refreshed and ready to explore.

17 hours

Trip Time

855 mi (1,376 km)

Trip Length



Route Highlights

Lorton, Virginia: The journey begins in Lorton, Virginia, a short distance from Washington, D.C. Here, passengers have the opportunity to explore the rich historical and cultural sites of the nation's capital, such as the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol, before boarding the train.

Virginia Countryside: As the train departs Lorton, passengers are treated to the picturesque landscapes of Virginia's countryside. Rolling hills, forests, and farmlands offer a soothing view, marking a transition from the hustle and bustle of urban life to the serene beauty of nature.

Richmond, Virginia: Although the train doesn't stop in Richmond, passengers can catch glimpses of Virginia's capital city, known for its deep historical roots, including St. John's Church, where Patrick Henry delivered his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, and the Virginia State Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson.

North Carolina and South Carolina: Traveling through the Carolinas, passengers will notice a blend of coastal plains, woodlands, and small towns. The changing landscapes provide an ever-evolving backdrop that reflects the diverse geography of these states.

Savannah River Crossing: Crossing the Savannah River, which forms the border between South Carolina and Georgia, offers a memorable view. The wide river and surrounding wetlands showcase an ecosystem rich in wildlife and plant species, providing a glimpse into the southern U.S.'s natural beauty.

Florida's Eastern Seaboard: As the train enters Florida, it follows the state's eastern seaboard. Palm trees, coastal views, and tropical vegetation signal the arrival in the Sunshine State. The subtropical climate and unique flora offer a distinctive change in scenery.

Sanford, Florida: The journey concludes in Sanford, a gateway to Central Florida's attractions. Sanford itself offers charming streets, art galleries, and lakeside views. Just a short drive away, passengers can explore Orlando's theme parks, including Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, as well as the Kennedy Space Center.


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