Posts Tagged: Amtrak 101

5 Steps to E-Voucher Happiness

5 Steps to E-Voucher Happiness

Want some news you can use? Here's the quick, easy way to redeem your eVoucher! eVouchers are electronic certificates that hold value for Amtrak travel. You may receive an eVoucher if you have to cancel an existing reservation, if you downgrade a reservation or if you fail to make your train. If you have an eVoucher that is burning a ...

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Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars

Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars

You love taking the train (we're looking at you, our 31.6 million riders!) and we love working to improve your travel experience. That’s why we’re bringing 130 new single-level long distance cars to the rails by 2014. Manufactured by CAF USA in Elmira, N.Y., these new passenger cars have a little bit of everything and a whole lot of improvements. We ...

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10 Tips for Sleeping Overnight in Coach

So you have your long-distance ticket but you need a few tips on how to get the most out of the over-night hours. You're in luck! It IS possible to sleep in a coach seat. Our wide reclining chairs with tons of legroom and adjustable footrests will have you sleeping like a ... well ... you know. 1. Bring a ...

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If You See Something, Text Something

Thanks to the new APD11 Txt-a-Tip program, customers can now text message the Amtrak Police Department’s National Communications Center straight from their cell phones when they travel. The new system is quick and easy. Simply report suspected criminal or suspicious activity by sending a text to APD11 from a smartphone or to 27311 from a standard cell phone, and an officer ...

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Your Top 7 Train Manners

Your Top 7 Train Manners

Whether it's a long or short ride, there's always time for good #TrainManners. When we asked  you on Twitter what your top suggestions were, you didn't hold back. From soothing crying kids to "singles only," here are your essential train manners: 1. Be considerate when having conversations after 10 p.m. 2. Put your phone on vibrate and use headphones if you listen ...

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We Continue To Break Records, Thanks to You!

We Continue To Break Records, Thanks to You!

Thanks to you, our awesome passengers, we've reached a record 31.6 million riders this year! With more than 300 trains, serving 500 destinations in 46 states, as well as three Canadian provinces, we are proud to connect small towns to big cities and everywhere in between. We know many of our passengers have their favorite or most frequented route, so we ...

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LA, DC Among Most Beautiful Train Stations

LA, DC Among Most Beautiful Train Stations

Travel + Leisure Magazine has named Los Angeles Union Station and Washington, D.C., Union Station among the world's most beautiful train stations. Of the 15 stations highlighted by the travel publication, three are in the U.S. and two are served by daily Amtrak service. The third U.S. station is New York City's Grand Central Station, which serves commuter lines in ...

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

This edition of Photo of the Week is brought to you by Alyssa who traveled on our Coast Starlight, which runs between Seattle and Los Angeles, this week. We're not sure what filter gave her that cotton candy sky (did someone say candy?!), but our fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter loved it, voting Alyssa's the official Photo of the Week! Our Coast ...

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Go Girl! And Take These 5 Accessories with You

Go Girl! And Take These 5 Accessories with You

Amtrak can take you to more than 500 destinations from coast to coast. But there's really only five essential travel accessories you need for all those adventures. They are ... 1. Major Luggage Amtrak let's you bring two free bags PLUS a purse. Let's repeat that ... all the luggage in this pic travels for free! Since it travels with ...

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Quiet Car > Noisy Bus (Shhhh)

Quiet Car > Noisy Bus (Shhhh)

You can officially plug in and tune out on the Wolverine service between Chicago and Pontiac, Mich., beginning August 19 with the roll out of the service's new weekday Quiet Car. Yep, one of the most popular features of the Northeast Corridor trains is expanding to more of the midwest. The Quiet Car will be located at the opposite end of the ...

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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 ...

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Boarding at Our Busiest Stations

Boarding at Our Busiest Stations

Ever wonder why the boarding procedures in our big stations work the way they do? Why we check your ticket multiple times and escort you to the platform at New York Penn Station and Washington, D.C.,'s Union Station? Well, it's all meant to get you safely on the correct train and to your destination on time. Here are three more reasons ...

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Top 10 Songs for Your Train Ride

Top 10 Songs for Your Train Ride

We've seen enough of your Instagram selfies to know that one of your favorite things to do on the train is to listen to music.  Hey, we love the duck face too! #noshame So here, for your listening pleasure, is some inspiration for your own Amtrak Travel Tracks playlist. Yep, these are our favorite new(ish) songs for your summer travels. ...

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The Truth About Sleeping in Coach Overnight

The Truth About Sleeping in Coach Overnight

When Mary needed to get from northern Cali to Portland, Ore., she did her homework. “I compared the prices with flying, and the closer I got to the travel day, the higher the flight prices got,” she says. “And I had traveled on buses before and didn’t like how they’re so cramped, and you can’t get up and walk around. I ...

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Photo of the Week!

Photo of the Week!

This edition of Photo of the Week is brought to you by Bruce who snapped this pic in Sanford, Fla., home of the Auto Train! The Auto Train is one of Amtrak's premier services. It's a nonstop train that connects Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla., but what makes this train really special is the fact that you can load your car and take it ...

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