Acela vs Northeast Regional

Northeast Regional train in Virginia

Acela is Amtrak's high-speed route that travels between Washington D.C. and Boston. Trains stop at some of the same stations as the Northeast Regional, so you might have the option to choose between these two routes when booking your tickets. So how are they different? The key thing to know is that Acela tickets are … Continue reading Acela vs Northeast Regional

Coast Starlight vs Amtrak Cascades

Amtrak Cascades train in Portland, Oregon

The Coast Starlight and Amtrak Cascades routes travel along the beautiful Pacific Northwest coast. But that's where the similarities end. The Coast Starlight is a long-distance train with a sleeper car and sightseer lounge while the Amtrak Cascades is a European-designed train that travels a shorter distance (and into Canada). Learn more about the differences … Continue reading Coast Starlight vs Amtrak Cascades

Empire Builder vs California Zephyr

Empire Builder in the Rocky Mountains

The Empire Builder and the California Zephyr are two of Amtrak's most popular routes. Both travel in the western half of the United States through the Rocky Mountains. The main difference is that the Empire Builder offers additional views of forests and rivers in the Pacific Northwest while the California Zephyr has more mountain views … Continue reading Empire Builder vs California Zephyr

Coast Starlight vs Pacific Surfliner

Pacific Surfliner in Del Mar, California

California's coastal Amtrak routes offer stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Surfliner travels the length of Southern California and into the Central Coast while the Coast Starlight is a long-distance train that travels between Los Angeles and Seattle. See below to learn about other differences and similarities. Coast StarlightPacific SurflinerRoute Length1,377 miles351 milesTravel … Continue reading Coast Starlight vs Pacific Surfliner

Southwest Chief vs California Zephyr

Southwest Chief in Laguna, New Mexico

The Southwest Chief and California Zephyr are two of Amtrak's long-distance routes. Both travel between Chicago and California, but the scenery is very different. The Southwest Chief has more desert landscapes and the California Zephyr has more mountain views. Additionally, the Southwest Chief is a shorter route and starts/ends in Los Angeles. The California Zephyr … Continue reading Southwest Chief vs California Zephyr