Last Updated March 19, 2021 3/19/2021

16 Unique Train Car Airbnbs in the U.S.

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One of the best things about Airbnb is getting the opportunity to stay in really unique places. Not only are houses and apartments available to rent by the day, week, or even longer, but you can even stay in an authentic train car for an added touch of nostalgia and adventure! Here is our favorite train Airbnbs in the U.S. from coast to coast.

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The Santa Fe Boxcar – Hutchinson, Kansas
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The Santa Fe Boxcar – Hutchinson, Kansas

You can also stay in this five-person train car in Kansas that was built in 1941 and has been recently converted into a modern guesthouse. It’s about 30 minutes from Wichita and 10 minutes from South Hutchinson. The interior space has a loft and bed at one end and a bathroom at the other end. You’ll have the boxcar to yourselves, as well as a pool in the backyard. There are a microwave and toaster oven for cooking but not a full oven. The train car is located on the edge of the host’s farm and has a private yard for your privacy even though you can see the main houses from here.

Converted WWII Train Car with Patio – Maryville, Tennessee
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Converted WWII Train Car with Patio

Converted WWII Train Car with Patio – Maryville, Tennessee

This train car in Tennessee is available to rent for up to four guests and transports you back in time to the World War II era. It is a renovated troop train kitchen car that has been featured in magazines and on websites too. Guests love the open floor plan, modern décor, outdoor firepit, and gazebo. There are multiple dogs that live on the property that will likely greet you alongside the host when you arrive. The sleeping arrangements are a murphy bed, a queen-size bed, and a sofa bed. Inside you’ll have a full kitchen, TV, Wi-Fi, and bathroom essentials. Book this Airbnb for a quirky stay that kids love and that is in a very private area away from street noise and neighbors.

The Centennial Inn – Livingston, Montana
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The Centennial Inn – Livingston, Montana

It’s also fun to stay in a train-style Airbnb in Montana, such as this train that sleeps up to five people. It’s a Northern Pacific Railway parlor car that’s 900 square feet and has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a full kitchen, and a parlor with cable TV. You’ll also have access to the 13-acre property that the train is on here, including the 1,000 feet of private beach along the Yellowstone River. You can fish here and catch brown trout, as well as stop by the local fishing companies and fly shops. The sleeping accommodations include a queen-size bed and a single bed, and it’s a great rental for couples and families.

Wallace Ranch Boxcar Bunkhouse with Hot Tub – Canyon, Texas
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Wallace Ranch Boxcar Bunkhouse with Hot Tub – Canyon, Texas

Two guests can stay in this train on the Wallace Ranch, which is six miles south of Canyon, Texas. It is a 111-year-old boxcar that has been restored to become a one-of-a-kind overnight stay. This is a great train to book when you’re in the Panhandle area of Texas and want to have a true ranch experience. It has a queen-size bed and a sofa bed, as well as Wi-Fi, heating, air conditioning, a TV, and a hot tub for guests to use. There’s also a kitchen here where you can prepare your own meals. Come here for a peaceful little escape in the countryside while you feel cozy and enjoy the views of wide-open West Texas. Long-term stays of 28 days or more are allowed here.

CR Station Train Caboose – Decorah, Iowa
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CR Station Train Caboose – Decorah, Iowa

Cabooses really make fun Airbnb accommodations, including this one in Iowa that’s cozy and charming. It has been completely restored but still has its original conductor’s chairs and overhead handrails for authenticity. The space has a six-gallon hot water heater, fridge, microwave, hot plate, dishes, barware, linens, and towels. When you stay here, it’s fun to check out the small towns around the countryside in this area. There are also friendly horses that live on site that you’re welcome to pet across the fence. Up to four people can stay here because there’s a queen-size bed in the first bedroom, a bunk bed in the second bedroom, and a bathroom inside too.

Sarkisian Ranch Santa Fe Caboose on Route 66 – Newberry Springs, California
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Water view of Sarkisian Ranch Santa Fe Caboose on Route 66

Sarkisian Ranch Santa Fe Caboose on Route 66 – Newberry Springs, California

Here’s a California caboose that is an oasis in the desert and on a ranch with a lake for fishing, swimming, and pedal boating. You’ll be near Route 66 attractions and have a full-size bed, single air mattress for extra sleeping space, and an outside gazebo. Make sure to bring food with you because there are no grocery stores nearby. There is Wi-Fi on the ranch but not in the caboose. Come here for a train stay that is private and isolated for a unique little getaway.

Charming Caboose, 15 Minutes from Asheville – Candler, North Carolina
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Exterior of Charming Caboose 15 minutes from Asheville

Charming Caboose, 15 Minutes from Asheville – Candler, North Carolina

You’ll be just 10 miles from downtown Asheville when you stay in this 1947 caboose with a queen-size bed, dining set, sofa bed, full kitchen, shower, and jetted bathtub tub. It’s a charming train car with a backyard that has a hot tub, lawn games, firepit, and rock terrace. Pets are allowed here for a $25 one-time fee per pet.

1920's Vintage Caboose on Lake Limestone – Jewett, Texas
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1920's Vintage Caboose on Lake Limestone

1920's Vintage Caboose on Lake Limestone – Jewett, Texas

This is a vintage caboose that’s fun to stay in when you’re in Texas. It’s a 1920s caboose that has been restored but still takes you back in time with original touches. It sleeps three to five people in the master bedroom, foldout couch, and a single bed. The caboose also has a full kitchen, free internet, large outdoor deck, local boat ramp, and firepit for making s’mores. It is about an hour from Waco and by Lake Limestone for fishing. Pets are not allowed here

Little Red Caboose – Attalla, Alabama
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Little Red Caboose

Little Red Caboose – Attalla, Alabama

Two guests can stay at this adorable Alabama caboose that is atop a hill and surrounded by peaceful scenery. It has a queen-size bed, vintage décor, and porta-potty-style outhouse by the caboose with a small sink attached. It has a private, open-air camp shower with hot water for your glamping experience here. The interior offers a small kitchenette, table and chairs, and a fold-down couch. Nearby things to do include hiking at Nocallula Falls, bouldering at Horse Pens 40, and fishing in the Coosa River. The host has other Airbnbs for rent here too, including an Airstream, tree lodge, double-decker bus, and hobbit house.

Haysi Caboose Inn – Haysi, Virginia
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Haysi Caboose Inn – Haysi, Virginia

Plan your stay along the Spearhead Trail and Russell Fork River riverfront to enjoy this caboose for up to three people. It’s ideal for two adults and maybe a small child too. the caboose has a full bathroom inside, as well as a mini-fridge, microwave, Wi-Fi, TV, and remote working space that consists of a table and stools.

Cap's Caboose, 30 minutes from Cheaha State Park – Ashland, Alabama
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Cap's Caboose, 30 minutes from Cheaha State Park

Cap's Caboose, 30 minutes from Cheaha State Park – Ashland, Alabama

Up to four people can stay in this train Airbnb that’s a caboose near the Cheaha mountains. Ashland is about six miles from here. You’ll be in a 1940s caboose tiny home with a kitchenette, living room, full bathroom with shower, queen-size bed, and futon sofa. There are sheep on the property and a pond behind the pasture.

Grassy Creek Cabooses – Fancy Gap, Virginia
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Exterior of #407 Grassy Creek Cabooses

Grassy Creek Cabooses – Fancy Gap, Virginia

If you love little red cabooses, you’ll also enjoy this train car just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The property is equipped with cornhole sets and disc golf baskets for entertainment. It has a kitchenette, private bath with shower, TV, and two-person Jacuzzi. The hosts live on site and provide a lovely place to relax and enjoy a slower pace of life. Guests can walk around the 27-acre property, use the swings and charcoal grills, and sit outside to see the many stars on a clear night while staying here.

Seaboard Coast Line – Clyde, North Carolina
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Seaboard Coast Line

Seaboard Coast Line – Clyde, North Carolina

Another unique mountain getaway is this renovated train caboose in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina which is also a 65-acre buffalo ranch. Up to five people can sleep here in the queen-size, full-size, and pull-out twin sleep sofa beds. Where else can you watch bison feeding from a viewing deck? You can also feed goats and mini-horses at the barnyard. As long as you follow the house rules, pets are allowed here for a $60 fee for the first dog and a $30 fee for a second dog.

Restored 1909 Train Car on 145 Acres – Deary, Idaho
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Restored 1909 Train Car on 145 Acres

Restored 1909 Train Car on 145 Acres – Deary, Idaho

An exciting train car Airbnb in Idaho is this one that can sleep up to four people. It’s a restored 1909 train car situated under a recreated depot roof and among wheat fields and a forest. The train car was in operation from around 1909 to 1955. The interior has a living room, bedroom, kitchenette, sitting room, and a small dining area. The sleeping arrangements are a queen-size bed in one bedroom and a single bed in a second bedroom. There are plenty of outdoor activities to do in this area during your stay, including hiking, biking, four-wheeling, and fishing. Book this Airbnb for a truly special place to stay with a welcoming host and little personal touches to help you feel at home.

Railroad Park Resort Caboose #23 – Dunsmuir, California
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Exterior of Railroad Park Resort Caboose #23

Railroad Park Resort Caboose #23 – Dunsmuir, California

This caboose Airbnb has a queen-size bed, climb-up cupola seating area, and a mix of knotty pine and original steel. It also has a full bathroom, tub/shower, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, microwave, and TV. The resort it is on actually has 23 caboose accommodations, four cabins, an RV park, a tent campground, a restaurant, and a gift shop. The complex is on 50 acres and also has a seasonal pool and hot tub. The Railroad Park Resort is pet-friendly with a fee of $28.50 per pet, per night.

Route 66 Oklahoma City 1925 Red Caboose – Jones, Oklahoma
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Flowers at Route 66 Oklahoma City 1925 Red Caboose

Route 66 Oklahoma City 1925 Red Caboose – Jones, Oklahoma

You’ll be just 20 minutes from downtown Oklahoma City when you stay at this train car Airbnb on a small farm. It’s a 1925 wooden caboose that’s romantic and authentic. The interior features a queen-size bed, single bed, hot shower, air conditioning, mini-fridge, and even train-themed movies to watch! The property also has a working windmill, horses, and a goat. Pets are not allowed to stay with you at this caboose Airbnb. Up to three people can stay in this caboose and enjoy a one-of-a-kind stay that’s cozy and charming with lots of train memorabilia to get you in the mood for nostalgia.

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