Tips on Traveling with Amtrak and Your Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Have you been thinking of traveling across the country on a comfortable and dependable Amtrak train? You can do so easily and safely while still receiving the oxygen therapy that you need. The whole point of portable oxygen concentrators is to be able to travel to anywhere you want to go, while receiving the vital oxygen therapy that you need. Amtrak makes it possible for you to bring aboard your oxygen concentrator, but just like airlines, cruise lines and other modes of mass transportation, they do have a few requirements of their own.

Plan on bringing ample battery life with you when you board the train. You won't need as much battery life as you would when boarding an airplane, however. Amtrak requires you to have at least 4 hours of battery life available, just in case the train has an electrical issue. This doesn't mean that you have to completely depend on your battery for the whole trip – it's just there as a safety net in case of an emergency.

It would be a good idea to ensure that you have backup battery power for longer than 4 hours, just in case there are any other set backs or delays in your trip. You never know what could happen, and you need to be able to receive your oxygen therapy. We make it easy for you to order extra batteries if you need them, but many of our portable oxygen concentrator packages have external and internal batteries (depending on the model) that already provide much more than 4 hours of battery life.

Portable Oxygen Concentrators on Amtrak

The sooner in advance you make reservations involving your portable oxygen concentrator, the better. You can't make notify them of your special medical equipment needs on their website, but you can call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or TTY (1-800-523-6590), and staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help complete your request.

Amtrak does not have any stipulations about the specific models of portable oxygen concentrators that are allowed on their trains. However, they do require them to be Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM) listed. You can rest assured that all of our portable oxygen concentrators meet this requirement. This is just to be sure the machines are up to par with general safety standards.

You will need to bring a copy of your prescription with you, or a statement from your doctor, stating that you do indeed need to bring it with you for prescribed medical reasons. Amtrak will only allow a portable oxygen concentrator on board if it is a medical necessity. You will need to present this when you board the train.

One other stipulation they have is that your equipment be less than 120 lbs. You should have no problem with this, however, since none of our portable oxygen concentrators weigh even remotely close to that weight. The heaviest POC we have available is only 20 lbs.

Tips on Traveling with Amtrak and Your Portable Oxygen Concentrator

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

3 thoughts on “Tips on Traveling with Amtrak and Your Portable Oxygen Concentrator”

  • robert N

    thank you for the excellent information. I know it will make me feel much easier about traveling distances.

  • Virginia Cannata
    Virginia Cannata August 8, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    If something happens t concentrator is there an emergency backup?

    • Scott Ridl

      If an oxygen concentrator fails, it is dependent on who provided it on how to get it replaced. We work closely with our customers on any issues they may have with their oxygen concentrators. Please give us a call at: 1-877-644-4581 to discuss further.


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