Posts Tagged: Amtrak 101

Top Picks for Long-Distance Meals on Amtrak

Top Picks for Long-Distance Meals on Amtrak

There’s nothing worse than feeling "hangry" when you’re on the move. So, whether you’re heading home, visiting a friend, or going on a spontaneous weekend trip by train, you’ve got to eat. Luckily, Amtrak has your cravings covered. You can beat your stomach growls with breakfast, lunch, dinner and, of course, dessert across any of the long-distance train rides. Plus, the ...

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Recycling Bins Being Added to Bi-Level Trains

Recycling Bins Being Added to Bi-Level Trains

Last month we told you all about the sustainability efforts underway at Amtrak, and you had just one question for us: Where are the recycling bins on trains? In fact, one customer told us, “As someone who ONLY travels by Amtrak now, I see an incredible amount of trash thrown away and nothing getting recycled.” You’re right. We hear you, and ...

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CMO Answers Customer Tweets on Amtrak Wifi

Thanks to the recent expansion of free Amtrak wifi onto Midwest corridor trains, 85 percent of Amtrak customers can now enjoy Internet access on their trains! We know you love your productive time on the train, but that you also have some questions. Why can’t you stream Netflix? When will long-distance trains have Amtrak wifi? And how the heck do ...

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Audible’s Top 10 Audiobooks for Train Travel

Audible’s Top 10 Audiobooks for Train Travel

Delving into a good book or magazine is a must when you take Amtrak. But if you want  to enjoy the beautiful scenery at the same time, audiobooks are perfect for train travel! We turned to the editors of Audible for their top 10 audiobooks for your long-distance adventure. They came up with a list that’s bound to keep you ...

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Video Tour of Amtrak Roomette

When you book a ticket on an overnight train, you have the choice to reserve a coach seat or a sleeper car accommodation. For sleeper car customers like travel blogger Kelley Ferro in this video, there are tons of perks! First, you get your own dedicated train attendant to book meal reservations for you, make and take down your bed, carry ...

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Amtrak Apps at Your Service

Amtrak Apps at Your Service

We know our customers love our Amtrak apps, more than 3.5 million downloads worth, that's why we are always looking for ways to improve them. The iPhone® and Android(TM) apps are now updated to improve the customer experience and with the recent release of the Amtrak Windows Phone® app we now have Amtrak apps available on all three mobile platforms. “We ...

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Amtrak Riders’ Best Travel Tips

Amtrak Riders’ Best Travel Tips

We turned to  seasoned Amtrak riders for their best travel tips--and they delivered some helpful advice! From offering the best route for a first-time rider to what to do once  you're on the train, this list will come in handy any time you ride the train to one of our more than 500 destinations. 7.  "It's a lot cheaper than air travel. ...

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Train Lesson Plan for Middle Schoolers

Train Lesson Plan for Middle Schoolers

Recently, together with Google, Amtrak launched a cool interactive tool that lets our customers track their train across the U.S. That’s also great news for teachers who are looking to bring their transportation lessons to life in the classroom. Did we mention, kids ride for half price? We’ve created a cross-curriculum train lesson plan for middle school students requiring them ...

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Welcome to Our New Design!

Welcome to Our New Design!

It’s a New Year, and a new Amtrak Blog! All your favorite elements are improving and we got rid of what you didn’t like. Here’s what you can experience on our new completely redesigned site! More Photos You come to our blog for info. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a cross country family vacation, you have real questions about ...

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What is Catenary Wire?

What is Catenary Wire?

The polar vortex continues to sweep the country and record low temperatures are being reported from the Midwest to the Southeast and Northeast. What does this mean for Amtrak trains running along the Northeast and Keystone corridors? These two services are powered by an overhead wire system called a catenary system. The catenary system provides electrical power to these trains, ...

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How to Get Text Alerts for Your Train

How to Get Text Alerts for Your Train

When you book a ticket, you have the option to receive text alerts straight to your mobile device. These alerts send updates of delays right to the palm of your hand. Here's how text alerts work: When you book your tickets at Amtrak.com, click to receive text alerts and put in the number to the phone you will be traveling ...

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Expert Packing Tips for Holiday Train Travel

Expert Packing Tips for Holiday Train Travel

Take it from us at Amtrak. If you're traveling by train this holiday season, you're going to need a packing strategy. Here are 5 most important packing tips you need to know about what to bring and how to bring it this travel season! 1. There's a 50 lb. limit The good news is you can bring two 50 lb. bags ...

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Top 10 Holiday Travel Tips

Top 10 Holiday Travel Tips

This holiday season, it's easy to have a stress-free trip. Follow these 10 holiday travel tips to arrive relaxed and refreshed this holiday! 1. Set a Meeting Place If you're planning to meet someone at the train station, use the Amtrak app or Train Status function on Amtrak.com to keep them updated about your arrival time and train number. A true expert tip: ...

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Happy Festive Flashback Friday!

Happy Festive Flashback Friday!

We can't go all the way back to Plymouth, Mass., this Thanksgiving, but our 1980s dining car is just as good for Flashback Friday! For the 42-year history of Amtrak, our dining cars have been a special feature on our long-distance trains. Not only are they the hub of activity, they're also great for special holidays like today. Depending on where ...

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Paws for a Sec: Meet an Amtrak Police Dog

Paws for a Sec: Meet an Amtrak Police Dog

Meet Zorro, one of our more than 50 K9 explosive detection dogs that help keep you safe. When we caught up with Zorro, he was taking a break at the Auburn University training facility. Each explosive-detection team (K-9 and officer) undergoes an 11-week training program at either Auburn University or the TSA facility at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, where the dogs ...

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