Depending on the Amtrak route, coach seats, business class seats, first class seats, roomettes and bedrooms are just some of your seating choices. If you don’t need sleeping accommodations, then you may need to make a choice between coach and business seats when booking your tickets. Learn about the different options and perks below.
Coach seats are the cheapest tickets on an Amtrak train, and all trains have coach seats except for the Acela Express. These seats are larger and more comfortable than seats on an airplane, recline and have a power outlet, reading light and tray. Plus, there are no middle seats. There are only two coach seats together then the aisle and two more coach seats.
You can sleep in these seats if desired. They just don’t recline all the way and you may be disturbed by passengers exiting and boarding the train at all hours of the day and night.
What you don’t get? Free food or drinks. These items cost extra and can be purchased in the cafe car. On long-distance trains, meals are also available to purchase. Note that if you book a roommette or bedroom on long-distance trains, meals and coffee are included.
Business Class Seats
Only the regional Amtrak routes listed below have a dedicated business class car with business class seats. There is more room in the business class car along with free non-alcoholic drinks. Other perks include Amtrak points bonus and reserved seating on some routes (no reserved seating in coach cars).
The train car layout is also slightly different in business class vs coach class. You may have the option to purchase a seat that is not next to any other seats (see above photo). Some trains also have foldout tables and seats that face each other (vs seats that all face forward). This can make it easy to do work or converse with colleagues while traveling.
Here are the train routes with business class seats:
- Acela (first class seats also available with even more perks)
- Amtrak Cascades
- Blue Water
- Coast Starlight
- Empire Service
- Ethan Allen Express
- Illinois Services
- Lake Shore Limited
- Maple Leaf
- Missouri River Runner
- Northeast Regional
- Pacific Surfliner
- Pere Marquette
- Amtrak routes with WiFi
- Amtrak routes with observation cars
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- 9 types of Amtrak train cars
Photo by Ryan Keene