I've been through the Superliner sleepers before on some of my past trips since 1985.I know they're great to sleep in as the motion of the train puts you to sleep at night.My mother & I enjoy it.We expect to do it by 2015 on our way round-trip from Charlotte NC.to Chicago IL.to attend a business convention.Beats the highways & airlines anytime anyday.
Inside a Long-Distance Train Bedroom
You've seen inside our roomettes and bedroom suites on our long-distance trains, so we wanted to round out our coverage with an inside peek at our Superliner bedrooms. (Yes, a bedroom and a bedroom suite are different!)
Our Superliner bedrooms are larger than roomettes but not as large as the bedroom suites that we offer. They sleep two 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. Here's what you can expect!
In the Superliner bedroom itself there’s ample storage to store your carry-on bags, plus outlets for all of your gadgets. Each brightly lit bedroom also has a huge window and a fold-down table for card games or laptop work. The lower level sofa collapses into a comfortable bed, and there’s another drop-down bed directly above it. Both 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, you get your own toilet. Yes, you get your own sink, vanity and shower. 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. In fact, you can see a virtual tour of the Superliner Bedroom here.
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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If you're a Guest Rewards member, you can earn thousands of points shopping online through the website. My wife and I earned enough to cover a trip from Los Angeles to Montana (2 nights) in a Superliner Bedroom. Never bought anything we weren't going to buy anyway, took about 15 months and ended up spending about $25 more than at the store. $25 for 2 nights in a bedroom?!?!? Now THAT'S a deal!
I love the sleeper cars. And, the attendants are incredibly wonderful.
Traveling alone, the roomette is lovely.
Soon, with my husband, we'll travel in a comfy bedroom. Which, btw, I got with points earned from previous trips as well as through use of my Amtrak related credit card.
Sleeper cars are affordable if you get an Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard and save up you points. I put my bathroom renovations and hip surgery on the card and got a round trip from Jacksonville, FL to Boston, MA with sleeping accommodations.
The extra price for a sleeping room is the same whether 1 or 2 are in it. So get a companion and split the cost, both of you will still get meals included. Also, when you pay extra for a sleeping room, your base fare may drop to less than the coach fare on a sold out train. Check and compare carefully, the total price on a different day may be more affordable.
I will never be able to afford these sleeper rooms. They should just make all the cars have just sleepers and then a couple of assigned community cars that look like living rooms with tons of couches and recliners chairs just like they have in the AMC theatres now (84st and Broadway). Now I could spend 2 full days in those seats!!! The coach seats on Amtrak are so uncomfortable..even if they do have the leg rests...the backs just dont go down enough to spend hours in.
Love the Auto train but have never been able to afford the sleeper...ONE DAY!! Parent best way to take your children to florida
Just don't forget to bring your shampoo and conditioner... because inexplicably Amtrak only provides these basic amenities on a few routes.
Every hotel I've stayed at across the nation provides shampoo and conditioner... but Amtrak only provides it if you are traveling on a route with "enhanced" services. Forget the fact that the rooms cost about the same... no matter which route you're on.
@HmtGolfGuyThanks for the info!!!
@KristaKimba I am with you about the price of getting a sleeper room. It would be cheaper to go through the hassle of flying than it would to get a sleeper room. I don't mind sleeping in my coach seat or, as I did on a trip to California from Florida, snoozing in the observation car...
@KristaKimba An all-sleeper train would be interesting, but good luck getting Congress to agree to that, since some of them don't even want Amtrak to exist. That said, I've heard that some flat-bed sleeper seats may be debuting on the Coast Starlight in the future. I suspect these may be similar to those that you see on long-haul airplanes. My guess is that flat-bed seats would be more expensive than coach, but less than first-class roomettes.
@KristaKimba I have ridden on Amtrak across the country from NY to LA then up the Cal coast and back to North Dakota, on one trip. I did not get a bedroom because like you I can't afford one, but I found the coach seats to be comfortable enough for my sleeping. They are much more comfortable than an airplane seat and more roomy than Greyhound.
@TVguy I guess that wouldn't bother me too much as I prefer my favorite brand of shampoo and soaps. I guess whatever you need though to make your trip better.
Thats all fine and dandy...but like the handicapped person mentions here....until you are older or have fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism or some other ailment that makes your body uncomfortable by just "being"...your position and stress on the body can be veryO painful if certain pressure points on the body are not supported...but dont worry...everyone eventually gets that perspective in life. If not now, than later....guaranteed! So much to look forward to.
@KimbakatDesign I am 55, have fibromyalgia, arthritis, fake knees, use a cane to get around, bad back, sleep apnea. I know about pain. I guess I was just looking at it as a person who is also on a very tight budget. very tight. I have traveled all my life, most of the time sleeping in the front seat of my car or van, or on greyhound, so when I ride Amtrak I am riding in a comfortable coach seat and feel like I am in heaven.