Omaha, NE (OMA)
Chosen as the eastern terminus of the first transcontinental railroad in 1862, Omaha became a major transportation center. The Amtrak depot sits between the historic CB&Q and Union Pacific railroad stations.
1003 South 9th Street
Omaha, NE 68108
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 30,041
- Facility Ownership: Amtrak
- Parking Lot Ownership: Amtrak
- Platform Ownership: BNSF Railway
- Track Ownership: BNSF Railway
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The Amtrak depot is located east of the historic Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q) station, which Amtrak used from 1971 until 1974. Opened in July 1984, the one-story Amtrak facility follows a standardized plan introduced by the company in the late 1970s. Intended to be functional and cost-efficient, these depot designs enforced Amtrak branding by employing a unified material and color palette. The building features variegated buff brick walls punctuated by large floor-to-ceiling windows. A small band of clerestory windows wraps around the upper portion of the waiting room wall, producing a visual effect whereby the cantilevered roof appears to float above the structure.
Looming above the newer building, the old Burlington Station was designed by famed Omaha architect Thomas Rodgers Kimball and opened on July 4, 1898, in time for the Trans-Mississippi Exposition, a glittering international showcase that attracted visitors to Omaha from around the world. Eleven years after Amtrak moved into its own building, the then-owner stripped marble from the walls, chandeliers from the ceilings, even the antique fixtures from the bathrooms. From 2013-2015, the building was renovated to serve as studios and offices for Omaha television station KETV.
Across the tracks to the north lies Omaha Union Station, an Art Deco masterpiece erected by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1931. Following the end of passenger service, Union Pacific donated the building to the city of Omaha; it opened in 1975 as the Western Heritage Museum. Later renamed the Durham Museum, the institution provides exhibits tracing the history of Omaha and its railroads.
Omaha was founded in 1854 by land speculators, but the area had been inhabited for hundreds of years by various Indian tribes. The word “Omaha” means “against the current.” In 1862, this city was chosen as the eastern terminus of the first transcontinental railroad thus ensuring that Omaha would become a major transportation center.
Today, due to its central location, Omaha is a natural transportation and corporate hub. Technicians at the Union Pacific Railroad dispatching center control up to 2,000 trains simultaneously. This center is considered to be the largest computerized rail command center in the world. More than 90 motor freight companies, many major corporations and 20 major insurance carriers are headquartered here. At the turn of this century, several billions of dollars in new construction went into the downtown area. In addition, the city’s popular Henry Doorly Zoo is considered one of the best in the country.
Amtrak provides ticketing and baggage services at this station, which is served by two daily trains.
Station Building (with waiting room)
- 35 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.