Amtrak points are of part of the Amtrak Guest Rewards program, which is open to residents in the United States and Canada. You can earn points online or with an Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card. To get started, call 1-800-307-5000 to enroll in the rewards program or complete a short form on Amtrak.com. Once you … Continue reading How Amtrak Points Work
Grand Central and New York Penn Station are two different train terminals in Manhattan. They were built by rival railroad companies in the early 20th century: New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad. Different trains still arrive and depart from these stations today. Here's what you need to know: Grand Central Opened in 1913 A very … Continue reading Is Grand Central the same as Penn Station?
Amtrak transports vehicles, including cars, on the Auto Train that travels non-stop between Virginia and Florida. However, you have to be a ticketed Amtrak passenger and travel with your vehicle in order to use this service. View vehicle requirements and dimensions allowed on the Amtrak train. Additionally, there is some space for specialized vehicles including … Continue reading Can Amtrak ship my car?
There are pros and cons to Amtrak travel and pros and cons to getting on a plane. Your interest in seeing the country, need for on-time arrival or quick travel time are some of the top deciding factors when choosing between these transportation options. See below to learn more about Amtrak vs. flying. Pros of … Continue reading Amtrak vs Flying: Pros and Cons
Amtrak, officially called the The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, is a corporation that was chartered by the U.S. government in 1970 (operation began May 1, 1971). The federal government owns the majority of the stock (source), but despite this, Amtrak is classified as an independent agency. Other things to know: Amtrak has a Board of … Continue reading Who owns Amtrak?
Amtrak has recently ended traditional dining car service on some of its routes east of the Mississippi River. However, many of the scenic, long-distance trains still have a dining car where you can sit and order meals during your rail trip. View the list below to learn more. Dining Car Routes Auto Train California Zephyr … Continue reading Amtrak routes with dining cars
To travel across the United States by rail, you'll have to ride more than one Amtrak train. The shortest trip time without any delays is approximately 61 hours (between two and three days) , plus a four hour layover. You can also choose from multiple start and end cities based on your preferences, which are … Continue reading How long does it take to travel across the U.S. by train?
Yes, you can bring food on Amtrak trains that you can eat at your seat or in the Superliner sightseer lounge if that is available on your train. We encourage bringing food on board, including to-go meals from restaurants near stations, if you have special diet needs, like to eat large amounts of fresh fruit … Continue reading Can you bring food on Amtrak trains?
Amtrak roomettes are private (and small) sleeping accommodations on long-distance trains. There are sliding doors that you can close at any time, or leave the door open for easy access to the hallway. You can lock the door when you are inside the roomette, but you cannot lock it from the outside, so avoid leaving … Continue reading Are Amtrak roomettes private?
In almost all cases, Amtrak seats are not assigned. The exception is first class seats on the Acela Express and business class seats on the Northeast Regional starting January 11, 2020. If you are not purchasing these tickets, then Amtrak has a first-come, first-serve seating policy for coach seats. Essentially, you board the train and … Continue reading Are Amtrak seats assigned?