Amtrak’s Silver Service trains, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star, both travel to Florida from New York City. Miami is the final destination, but there are many other Florida Amtrak stations to choose from. Here’s what you need to know when planning your trip.
How long is the trip from NYC to Florida?
New York City to Florida is an overnight train trip. The first Florida stop is Jacksonville and travel time is 18 hours on the Silver Meteor and 20 hours on the Silver Star. In comparison, drive time is about 14.5 hours.
Orlando is the next most popular stop. Travel time is 22 hours on the Silver Meteor and 23.5 hours on the Silver Star.
If Tampa is your destination, only the Silver Star travels to that city. Travel time is about 26 hours.
Or if you travel from New York City all the way to Miami on the train, travel time is almost 28 hours on the Silver Meteor and over 33 hours on the Silver Star. In comparison, drive time is about 19.5 hours.
How much do tickets cost?
Ticket prices vary based on how far in advance you buy your tickets, how many seats are open, type of seat and distance traveled. Aim to buy tickets at least three weeks in advance to get the best deal. You’ll also have the option to choose a coach seat, roomette or bedroom.
Coach seats are the cheapest option. Expect to pay between $100 and $150 for a one-way ticket. For this price, you will have to sleep in your seat and purchase small meals and snacks in the café car (we highly recommend bringing food on the train).
Roomettes and bedrooms are more expensive, but include private sleeping accommodations and meals. Expect to pay over $600, and in some cases, more than $800, for a roomette (one way). Bedrooms typically cost over $1,000 and include a private toilet, sink and shower.
To lower ticket cost, learn about how to earn and use Amtrak Points.