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

Station Hours

Annual Ticket Revenue (FY 2021): $4,539,115
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2021): 64,196
  • Facility Ownership: Union Station Partners LLC
  • Parking Lot Ownership: Union Station Partners LLC/City of Charlottesville
  • Platform Ownership: Norfolk Southern Railway/CSX Transportation
  • Track Ownership: Norfolk Southern Railway/CSX Transportation

Todd Stennis
Regional Contact
governmentaffairsnol@amtrak.com
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please visit Amtrak.com or 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 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.

Northeast Regional service within Virginia is funded in part through grants made available by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Station Building (with waiting room)

Features

  • ATM not available
  • No elevator
  • Payphones
  • Quik-Trak kiosks
  • Restrooms
  • Ticket sales office
  • Unaccompanied child travel allowed
  • Vending machines
  • No WiFi
  • Arrive at least 60 minutes prior to departure if you're checking baggage or need ticketing/passenger assistance
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure if you're not checking baggage or don't need assistance
  • Indicates an accessible service.

Baggage

  • Amtrak Express shipping not available
  • Checked baggage service available
  • Checked baggage storage available
  • Bike boxes for sale
  • No baggage carts
  • Ski bags not available
  • Bag storage with Fee
  • Shipping Boxes for sale
  • Baggage assistance provided by Station Staff

Parking

  • Same-day parking is available for a fee
  • Overnight parking is available for a fee
  • Indicates an accessible service.

Accessibility

  • Payphones
  • Accessible platform
  • Accessible restrooms
  • Accessible ticket office
  • Accessible waiting room
  • Accessible water fountain
  • Same-day, accessible parking is available for a fee
  • Overnight, accessible parking is available for a fee
  • No high platform
  • Wheelchair available
  • Wheelchair lift available

Hours

Station Waiting Room Hours
Mon07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Tue07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Wed07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Thu07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Fri07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Sat07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Sun07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Ticket Office Hours
Mon07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Tue07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Wed07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Thu07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Fri07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Sat07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Sun07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Passenger Assistance Hours
Mon07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Tue07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Wed07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Thu07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Fri07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Sat07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Sun07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Checked Baggage Service
Mon07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Tue07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Wed07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Thu07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Fri07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Sat07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Sun07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Parking Hours
No parking at this location.
Quik-Track Kiosk Hours
Mon07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Tue07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Wed07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Thu07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Fri07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Sat07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Sun07:45 am - 09:45 pm
Lounge Hours
No lounge at this location.
Amtrak Express Hours
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