You know how movies like Now & Then, The Sandlot or, say, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure make you want to hangout with your besties and set off for some high jinx? Well, in our completely unbiased opinion, we think the best thing to do with your friends is to enjoy a great train adventure!
Wondering how exactly the sleeping arrangements would work on a long-distance train? We got you covered. Our bedroom suites sleep up to four adults plus luggage, and the best perk is you get a dedicated train attendant. It’s similar to room service in a hotel but much, much better.
In the bedroom suite itself there’s ample storage to store your carry-on bags, plus outlets for all of your gadgets. Each brightly lit bedroom suite also has huge windows and fold-down tables for card games or laptop work. On either side of the suite, the lower level sofa collapses into a comfortable bed, and there’s another drop-down bed directly above it. All four beds are complete with their own bed linens, pillows, reading lights and (of course!) beautiful views like this one.
OK, we know what you’re thinking. Yes, there’s a toilet on either side of the suite. Yes, there are also two sinks, two vanities and two showers.Yes, there’s a door that locks. Yes, there’s temperature controls, coat hangers and a service button if you need help. All just for you; no sharing required.
If you have a lot of luggage you can check your heavy bags and bring a smaller carry-on into your sleeper car to save space. Uniformed Red Caps provide free baggage-handling assistance at many major stations and can help you when you board at your departure city.
Finally, you should know that all your meals are included. That’s breakfast, lunch and dinner when you book in a sleeper car. Your train attendant will make you a reservation for any or all of them during your journey. So what are you waiting for? Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, WA, and hundreds of other destinations are calling your name. Grab your best buds and start your adventure today!
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I'm not sure why everyone is griping so much on here about Amtrak. My best times have been on the Sleeper car. The price is high yes, but it includes everything. Also, it includes everything because its accounting for all the space in a roommette. Since you can't sell a space in a roommette if another has reserved it...well your ticket is basically the cost for two people (like a moving hotel, but hey food and service included!). Much better than flying I might add. A couple of years ago, I took the Capitol Limited with my family from DC to Chicago and was very surprised at the stellar service. The food was surprisingly delicious as well. No complaints here. Yes, some trains are older than others... but have you noticed that happens with buses and planes too? Its expensive to get brand new cars. If you keep up with Amtrak news, you would have read that they've recently invested in some new engine cars... which would lead me to believe they are working in improving things altogether. But it is definitely a slow and costly thing to do. That aside, I'm a train nerd. I frequently travel the Northeast Corridor between NY and DC, rarely having issues- much more comfortable than the bus or plane! Had such a great time to Chicago, that I recently booked a cross country rail trip from NYC to Portland for this coming July for my 30th and cannot wait! Hoping to explore other long distance trains on Amtrak in the future as well! Thanks, Amtrak!! :)
I was on the infamous #14 train from Sacramento to Seattle. 15 hours late. Ran out of water not even half way into our trip, only 2 toilets worked on the whole train. No food Cafe closed 12 hours before we reached Portland. May I mentioned I was traveling with my 3 kids. Bussed the last 3 hour leg of the trip from Portland to Seattle. Missed my boat from Seattle to Alaska for work. Other than that it was all peachy and good. NOT! And you wanna compensate me with a voucher for another train ride. LMAO.
Do not use this bullshit until they IMPROVE SERVICE.....I was looking for a trip between Pitsburg and New York but not on a 1971 facilities.....FORGET IT...
I have extreme anxiety and had to purchase a bedroom just to be able to get back to see my Family in Nebraska from California. It was extremely expensive but the only option I had to travel. Since I had my meals in my room I felt the need to tip for each one, so they weren't really free for me. I ended up staying for 7 months and when I decided to come back my train was cancelled 3 times. My bedroom shower did not work and the room did not look like these pictures.....it was much older. I would love to be able to travel that way, but it is just too expensive for the bedroom.
Some segments are more reasonable than others. What I would like to know is why when the revenue of the line through here, the Southwest Chief, managed a single year revenue of $44,184,060.00 Yet the Chicago station is urine/sweat scented, the Supperliners look/feel 70's era, and judging on the comfort of the seat, remain without upgrade, the railway has many extreme jostles, and many of the stations are out-of-date. So most of the system is still largely as it was in 1971 as far as I can tell. Yet this massive revenue is being realized. Why can't tickets be cheaper? or cars be more current, or the rail could be more smooth, or even higher speed, or D all fo the above. Also, shouldn't a ticket be prorated if you're getting a roomette or bedroom or whatever. I mean I get that it includes a dry chicken meal, or more if you're on longer. Though really I wouldn't mind the room being 60$ cheaper and not having dinner included. Moreover, shouldn't' there be some prorating for buying multiple segments. I mean really, where is the money going? Between federal funding (our taxes) and ticket revenue (more of our money), why aren't there more lines, or better cars, or smoother faster rails? Not to mention, I wouldn't mind if the Southwest Cheif had one of those car haulers. It would be great to load up my CR-V stick it on the train, ride to Flagstaff or Chicago unload it, and have a car once I'm there. Moreover, can't the red-caps and other caps look less, idk, dirty? I mean, for 44 million seems like some better, cleaner uniforms might be afforded.
When it was just my better half and I, we got the Roomette. Love the View and inside bathroom and all. When we did the long haul with another couple the Bedroom suite was FANTASTIC! When you included meals, travel, Private accomidations, Obsevation Car, Movie, Lounge, and personal porter service, the cost was well justifed. We split it two way of course. That really made ( and I Stress) ALL INCLUSIVE meals and accomidations, plus 4 days of the Best time on the Trip. Well worth it. These days since my mate passed I do a lot of COach and STILL am quite comfortable.
I agree with CatalinaVDR, it is to expensive to book rooms and pay for seats you cant sit in anyway cause people lay in them if your not sitting in them. And for me to book from FL to CA where all my family and friends are would cost over 4000 to take the train there and back, the price is out of whack and does cost more then a 5 start hotel
Amtrak, I love you, but why are you pushing suites when it's practically impossible to book a single bedroom, and when you can it costs more than a room at The Four Seasons?
And here's a photo tip: position the plate so the logo is nice and centered, and take the picture before you start eating.
@Amtrak I know that you can't say it, so I will. Every Amtrak passenger should contact his/her elected officials about seeking more funding for passenger rail service. Right now, our collective silence allows politicians to ignore the needs of train riders. Not only should we contact Congress, we should contact our respective state legislatures and departments of transportation to lobby for more funding for passenger rail...
eactly my point, your meals may be included but if you dont tip you get shitty service, same with a hotel, they leave cards tips are great, let us know we did a good job, so you even pay more then you do just your tickets, and as I said before, you pay up to 600 more for a room and if you get off the train and have to change like I have to you pay again and again for a room, thats crazy I paid for the room from one point to another I should not have to pay at each change of trains., thats where it gets expensive, and I like you have to be away from all them people, I swear they dont shower or wash. it always stinks in the cab cars.
Amtrak is micro-managed by Congress. They have to ask for funding every year, and the amount of money they receive from the government is miniscule compared to other methods of transportation, yet it comes with all sorts of strings attached.. They don't control the rails they travel on except for the NE corridor,, and the railroads have no interest in maintaining their roadbeds correctly. Most of the revenue goes to support the Northeast Corridor, which despite being incredibly popular, could not be operated correctly by the private sector. What they need are a lot more long-distance equipment so supply would meet demand and prices would go down,, but Congress is too busy investigating how much it costs them to pay some poor soul to wash dishes or clean toilets.
@AlexAndrews Your questions are really good, but there are no easy answers. First the easy one: Track conditions...Except for the NorthEast electrified Corridor (owned by Amtrak), ZERO of the track that they run on belongs to Amtrak. It ALL belongs to the freight railroads. They are the folks responsible for the maintenance. Amtrak does not do ANY track maintenance anywhere in the USA, except for the NorthEast Corridor. As far as why the trains are so old, outdated, not comfy, and smelly---hah hah---that is much more complicated. The number one reason: Amtrak ENCOURAGES mediocrity. Seriously---they do. There are outstanding Amtrak employees, but they are great because they want to be great; Not because they have to be great. You can be a complete slug and do absolutely nothing and you will fit in just fine and never get in trouble. The Union will fight for you all the way, spending lots of money in legal fees to keep you. Besides, Amtrak is not a company that is known for attracting the best and the brightest. You usually get people who have flopped at every other job they've tried (flipping burgers, mopping floors, etc) and they end up at Amtrak making a VERY nice salary with awesome benefits. Compare the job of a waiter in the dining car to that of a waiter in any normal restaurant. Waiters would kill to make what Amtrak waiters make. Yet Amtrak waiters are the worst---they do whatever they want, and routinely get away with it. I've been an Amtrak traveler since the early 80's, and it has ALWAYS been this way. It will ALWAYS be this way, and it will never change. Trust me.
@KarlWolfWarren Glad you had such a good time, Karl! Hope you ride with us again soon.
yes if you travel with others it would be nice, but when you travel alone the price is way out of line. You have to get a bedroom at each stop, I have 4 stops from FL to Ca, so to pay for each stop between 4 to 6 hundred a bedroom thats way out of control, if you paided once and continued your trip and didnt have to pay for each stop then that would be justified with your meals and all. I dont use porter service either, I can make my own bed and get my own water. I go to the car for my meals, but other then that it isnt bad.
@CatalinaVDR Amen! Amtrak is really pushing their sleeping cars on this blog. Until I am adopted by the Trump family or until I win the Powerball jackpot, I will keep sleeping in my coach seat - LOL.