Posts Tagged: Amtrak 101

5 Reasons to Ride the Empire Builder

5 Reasons to Ride the Empire Builder

The Empire Builder travels everyday between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail. If you're looking for a truly American adventure, the Empire Builder is it! Still need more convincing? Here are 6 amazing things about the Empire Builder route. 1.Dine in Style in Our Dining Car Having a great meal on an ...

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4 Essential Travel Tips for Booking Summer Vacations

Planning a vacation can be overwhelming. From the highway gridlock to the heavy luggage, you'll need a vacation from your vacation by the time all is said and done. So skip the headache and explore a cross country train adventure instead. Kids ride for 50% off and we handle all the driving. All. The. Driving. We even make it easy ...

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USA Rail Pass, Let’s Explore

USA Rail Pass, Let’s Explore

We all know America is beautiful, but seeing it from sea level is truly breathtaking. With our Amtrak USA Rail Pass, we give adventurous souls the opportunity to create the epic rail journey of their dreams. But before you pack your bags, there are a few things you need to know. Here are five USA Rail Pass knowledge nuggets just ...

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Skip the Bus from DC to NYC, Take the Train!

Skip the Bus from DC to NYC, Take the Train!

Why take the bus from DC to NYC or Philly? If you book at least 14 days in advance, you can save up to 25% on train tickets to the same destinations and skip all the traffic! Our Northeast Regional trains are great for weekend trips to see friends and family. For starters, our seats are super comfortable with a minimum ...

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5 Epic Train Trips That Will Totally Inspire You

5 Epic Train Trips That Will Totally Inspire You

Take some advice from these train adventurers. Pack your bags, grab your friends and head to one of our more than 500 destinations across the country. We promise your train trips will be E-P-I-C! The #NerdTrain Adventure When one group of young people came up with a hair-brain idea about meeting in different cities around the country and traveling to them by train, it ...

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Check Out these Mad Men-esque Stations

Check Out these Mad Men-esque Stations

Ever wonder why the Lawrence and Topeka stations in Kansas look so similar? After World War II, the Santa Fe Railway wanted to don a new look, so they reinvested in a few of its stations, including Lawrence and Topeka, by adorning them in a Mid-Century Modern style. Picture the architecture you see in Mad Men, and you’ll get the ...

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5 Ways College Students Can Score Cheap Amtrak Tickets

5 Ways College Students Can Score Cheap Amtrak Tickets

Get pumped: School’s nearly done and summer’s almost here. It’s time to get away. Score cheap Amtrak tickets with these 5 tips to pay less for your trip. 1. Join Student Advantage Did you know that we offer 10 percent off most routes, if you book with a Student Advantage card? Seriously. When you book online at Amtrak.com, there’s a  ‘Passenger Discounts’ page where you ...

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Happy Birthday! Amtrak Celebrates 43 Years

Happy Birthday! Amtrak Celebrates 43 Years

It’s our birthday! In celebration of our 43 years, we’re remembering our milestones from the past four decades. Travel back with us for a quick journey into our rich and prolific history: Thanks to Congress passing the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970, Amtrak took over the privately-run, intercity railroads and brought America aboard (across 21 routes in 43 states!) for the ...

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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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