Your Five Step Guide to Planning a Train Trip
If you’re planning a train weekend getaway or a longer cross country adventure chances are you have some questions about Amtrak travel. Questions like, where can I find the best deal, how many bags can I bring, what’s the nearest station to me? We totally get it. We’re not like our buddies that soar through the sky, so customer questions are common. You are not alone!
We’re always happy to answer questions about what train travel is really like. But first, here’s a quick guide to some of our most frequently asked questions. Read on, and if you have more questions, just ask us here!
Step 1: Decide on a Point B (or C, or D, etc.)
Deciding on a location can be difficult. Do you want to see the ocean, mountains, quaint towns or cityscapes? With over 500 destinations, narrowing it down can be a little daunting, but definitely exciting. But before you lock down a spot, we recommend heading over to our 500 destinations page to read all about the cities we travel to and hear recommendations of what to do when you get there.
Step 2: Learn the Route
Amtrak trains crisscross the country running on over 30 routes. But sometimes getting you from point A to point B looks a lot different than you think. So to get a better understanding of our routes and where they travel, make sure to take a peek at our Travel Planning Map. Just put in your city of origin and your destination, then sit back and see where the train can take you.
Step 3: Discounts and Deals
Now that you have a destination and you know your route, it’s time to see if there are any deals or discounts that apply to you. We offer everyday discounts on travel for children, students and more. There are also regional deals on travel with us. Deals like saving 25% on travel in the Northeast or saving 30% on travel on the Amtrak Cascades. No matter what route you plan to travel on, make sure to check and see the available deals and discounts.
Step 4: Baggage 101
Here’s the deal. We have the most generous baggage policy in the travel industry, but before you travel with us, it is important to find out what exactly is and is not permitted on the train. Spoiler Alert: When you travel with us you can carry-on two free pieces of luggage plus two personal items. Let us repeat. You + two bags + two personal items = no extra charge!
Step 5: What it’s Really Like
If you’ve never taken a train ride before you might be surprised at the leg room, the fact that your phone will never die because there are outlets at every seat and that snacks and drinks are just steps away from you seat. But if you want even more information about the Amtrak experience, just head over to Amtrak Stories to see what real customers said about their recent trips with us.