People boarding Amtrak train in Mineola, TX

Longview was founded as a train town in 1870 as the construction of the railroad headed west across Texas. Now, you can get "all aboard" for a fun and affordable train adventure through the East Texas piney woods. Visit Longview and Mineola invite you to board the Amtrak train in Longview and ride round-trip to downtown Mineola. Amtrak tickets between the two cities start as low as $6 each way for adults, and children ages 2-12 are half price when purchased with an adult ticket.  

The self-guided trip starts at 8:28 a.m.* with a westbound train ride from the Historic Longview Depot and arrives in Mineola at approximately 9:25 a.m.* In Mineola, participants can explore downtown, grab lunch at local eateries, ride on a mini-train, browse unique shops, watch a matinee movie, or visit the Mineola Historical Museum. The eastbound train departs from Mineola at 5:15 pm* and arrives in Longview at 6:15 pm.* Back in Longview, you can head downtown to eat dinner, grab an ice cream, coffee, or beer, or try your hand at axe throwing.

The round-trip adventure can happen any day of the year on your own by booking directly with Amtrak, but several special days each year are highlighted with extra activities. On special days, greeters will meet you at the Longview Depot to provide additional information.

To participate in one of the special days, please follow both steps.

Step 1: Please also register with Visit Longview / Visit Mineola to let us know you are coming on one of our special event dates using the links below.

Step 2: Buy your train tickets directly through Enter round trip travel from Longview (LVW) to Mineola (MIN).

For more information, contact Visit Longview at 903-758-3521 or Mineola at 903-569-6183. 

*All departure and arrival times are subject to change based on Amtrak availability. Please be aware that your schedule may need to be flexible as Amtrak may be delayed arriving. Download the Amtrak app to track train arrival and departure estimates on day of travel.

Mineola Train Sign