Train as in Amtrak. Once
the premier way to travel during the glory days
of the railroad but still a step up from riding
the bus. At least on the train, you can
get a hot meal in the dining car, enjoy a spirit
in the sightseer lounge or relax in the oversize
coach seats. They do have sleeping
accommodations but they are very expensive and
unless you have two people splitting the room,
I'd probably pass. Train travel is a great
way to travel if you're not in a hurry.
- Nearly all train routes except
for a few on the east coast only run once a day.
Plan to arrive the day before.
Do not plan
on arriving 2 hours before your screening or
check in! Amtrak trains are
notorious for running late due to fact that they
operate on leased tracks and do not have right
of way. While service delays have significantly
been reduced, they still occur. And you
never know when a freight train will derail
causing all trains in the area to stop for 12
- Buy your ticket as soon as
possible. Amtrak tickets go up as seats
run out. Though you can buy tickets before
departure, you run the risk of paying more due
to seating availability. Also, trains can
sell out during the summer and during holiday
- Bring your own bottles of water or
buy from the snack bar. The free water
they provide is warm and you don't know how long
it's been in the tanks. Drink 2 to 3
litters a day. It can get warm on the
train and you will get dehydrated. Drink
lots of water!
- Bring a blanket or jacket.
While it's hot during the day, it can get chilly
at night. Blankets are $15 bucks on the
- If you're cheap, bring your own
meals, however, there is nowhere to heat
anything up. The snack bar and the dinning car
are a little expensive. Plan on spending $15 for
lunch and $20 - $25 for dinner. I do love
- When you get on board, make
sure you grab a seat with an electrical outlet.
On newer coach cars, every seat has one but on
the older cars, only a few seats have one.
Avoid seats at the ends of the cars because the
doors are loud and open and close every 5
historical arrival times. A
good indicator of routes that chronically run
- Since trains run 24 hours a day, arrival and
departure times can be any time. So keep
that in mind when choosing to travel.
Again, trains can run late. Not all
stations are staffed or open overnight.