Charlottesville, VA (CVS)
Amtrak occupies the former Railway Express Agency building constructed in the 1890s. Both the University of Virginia campus and the bustling downtown are within easy walking distance.
810 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 141,827
- Facility Ownership: Union Station Partners LLC
- Parking Lot Ownership: Union Station Partners LLC, City of Charlottesville
- Platform Ownership: Norfolk Southern Railway, CSXT
- Track Ownership: Norfolk Southern Railway, CSXT
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
Charlottesville’s Union Station was constructed in 1885 and sits between the University of Virginia and downtown Charlottesville. In 1999, Amtrak and the city of Charlottesville dedicated the newly renovated depot following a $700,000 effort. Amtrak moved out of the original station and into the former Railway Express Agency building built in the 1890s. The new facility has a more modern waiting area, ticket counter and restroom, as well as better parking lot access and the addition of a full-service restaurant. One of the unique features of this station is that its two trains serve the station on two separate tracks on either side of the station. The lines cross just south of the building.
Prior to this station’s construction, Charlottesville was a major rail hub, served by many trains daily. The first train service to Charlottesville was operated by the Louisa Railroad Company, which later became the Central Virginia Railroad (later Chesapeake & Ohio, now CSX). In the mid 1880s, Virginia Midland Railroad (later Southern Railway, now Norfolk Southern) created a perpendicular north-south route. This produced competition between the two rail companies and strengthened the local economy. Hotels and restaurants went up along West Main Street for the many new railroad workers, including those at a railcar repair shop.
Charlottesville was formed in 1762 along a trade route called Three Notched Road. The city was home to three of our nation’s presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. In addition to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, other nearby attractions include the University of Virginia, as well as the University of Virginia Art Museum, Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive.
During the academic session, more than 20,000 students flood Charlottesville to attend the university. The city has grown considerably, with its rich commercial centers and night life.
The facility has a waiting room and is staffed by Amtrak employees. Charlottesville is served by four daily trains, as well as the tri-weekly Cardinal(Westbound: Sunday, Wednesday, Friday; Eastbound: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday). Northeast Regional service within Virginia is funded in part through grants made available by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Station Building (with waiting room)
- 10 Short Term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only, not overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Ticket Office
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Baggage Storage
Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags, equivalent to "left luggage" in Europe. A storage fee may apply.
- Bike Boxes
- Checked Baggage
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Help With Luggage
- High Platform
A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train, with the exception of Superliners.
Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage.
- Long-term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Parking Attendant
- Pay Phones
- Shipping Boxes
- Ski Bags
- Wheelchair Lift
Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.
For passengers who cannot walk far or at all, we offer a wheelchair to move the passengers around within the station. At some stations this may be a battery-powered people mover. The wheelchair or other types of movers must not leave the station or be moved onto the train.