Amtrak is a government-owned passenger rail corporation in the United States.

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When does Amtrak assign reserved seats?

I just booked my first Amtrak ticket ever for a trip in mid-September, and the email I got says I have "1 reserved coach seat," but I don't see a seat number or anything to give me a unique seat ...
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Amtrak Code-share with United Airlines [closed]

I just read this blog post which describes a scenario where booking a flight at United's web site offers a connecting "flight" which is actually an Amtrak train. Although the itinerary starts at DAY ...
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Where is the Capitol Corridor bus stop for the Moscone Center located?

The Amtrak map online says it is at 747 Howard St in San Francisco, but I am looking around and I don't see any bus stop indicators.
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Alternate routes to travel from Houston International airport to Lafayette, Louisiana

I have a flight reaching Houston International airport at 14:00 hrs. I have a connecting flight within 1hr and 30 mins. If I miss this flight due to immigration and customs delay, I would like to know ...
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Trying to bring a bike on amtrak?

I'm hoping to bring my bike with me on Amtrak from Syracuse, NY to the Albany, NY station. I feel like I have seen bike cars on Amtrak before but according to this article, bikes aren't allowed ...
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How early can you check in your luggage for Amtrak at Washington union station?

I'm arriving into Union station early in the morning, departing at 10pm I know I can check my luggage for the journey, but can't find an earliest time, the latest is 45 mins. This was the page ...
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Will Amtrak honor a saver ticket from an earlier station when other saver tickets are sold out?

I'm buying a train ticket on the long-distance Amtrak Empire Builder train that runs Chicago-Milwaukee-...-St. Paul-... I'm traveling from Milwaukee to St. Paul. All the saver tickets are sold out. ...
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Free Amtrak Lounge Access with No Ticket

Amtrak Select Plus and Select Executive statuses provide Unlimited access to ClubAcela®, Amtrak's Metropolitan LoungeSM, First class lounges and United Club lounges. Can an Amtrak Select ...
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Does the Amtrak SW Chief serve breakfast prior to arrival in LA?

Amtrack runs a passenger train from Chicago, IL through to Los Angeles, CA. This is an almost 2 day trip, with meals provided in a dining car. Since LA arrival is in the morning is breakfast served ...
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Booking Roomettes on Amtrak

My wife and I were planning on travelling from Albany to Chicago aboard the Lakeshore Limited Amtrak train. The price differential between 2 seats and a roomette was minimal so we thought we'd buy the ...
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Does Amtrak ever stop at non-Amtrak (commuter only) stations?

It is fairly common for an airplane flight to "divert" (make an unscheduled stop) at an airport it normally doesn't stop at, even at airports that airline doesn't normally serve at all, for various ...
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Amtrak train rerouted through final destination of intermodal itinerary — is there any way to avoid backtracking?

Last week, I rode AMT005 (the westbound California Zephyr) from Omaha to Salt Lake City as part of an itinerary that went as follows: Omaha to SLC via Denver and the Central Corridor on AMT005 SLC ...
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Place to quickly find Amtrak fares for multiple days?

There are a lot of sites that can show you air fares over a range of dates, some of them up to a month. But where can I find something vaguely like that for Amtrak? I'd like to go what ever day is ...
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Travel with violin Amtrak from Trenton NJ to Lancaster PA [duplicate]

Does anyone have experience taking musical instruments out of Trenton? My violin case just measures outside the sizing given on amtrak.com for medium-sized cases. What I want to avoid is getting to ...
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Can you get on an Amtrak train at a later station?

If I buy an Amtrak ticket from say Pontiac, MI to Chicago, can I get on the train at Detroit (three short stations down) if I happen to be closer to Detroit at departure time?
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rollerboard that just exceeds 28 inch in Amtrak train

I am planning to go from Penn station to Washington for a conference. I would need to take my rollerboard for that (conference for 6 days, I present and need to take quite some clothes this time)T. ...
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Why can't I get anywhere from Cleveland via Amtrak?

I was looking at travelling to and from Delaware, and the closest Amtrak station to me is in Cleveland. To my surprise, however, it said there were absolutely no routes between the two places! I tried ...
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How are zone-boundary cities treated for the purpose of redemption travel?

Take a look at the zone map Amtrak provides for travel based on redemption of reward points. Some cities, like Wolf Point, Denver, Cincinnati, and Atlanta appear to be located on zone boundaries. ...
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Getting to Buffalo Depew Amtrak in the evening

The westbound Lake Shore Limited departs Buffalo-Depew station at 23:59 (11:59 PM). Is there any public transit from downtown Buffalo around this time (specifically, from the Buffalo Metropolitan ...
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Coast Starlight delays

I'll be taking the Coast Starlight tomorrow from Los Angeles to San Jose. The train is supposed to arrive at 8:11pm at San Jose, but I have heard that the train is frequently (very?) late. Is there ...
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Why is Amtrak so expensive in the Northeastern US?

Why is Amtrak so darn expensive in the Northeast US? I just looked up a train from New London, CT to Boston, MA (a 2 hour car trip); the round trip cost for two people was $200. Traveling by rail in ...
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Carrying poster tube on Amtrak trains

I am presenting at a conference in March and plan to get there by train. The ride is short, so there is no checked luggage, and you're only allowed to have two carry-on bags. The poster tube obviously ...
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How do I go about making stops in the middle of California Zephyr route?

Many articles about the California Zephyr, for example: Catching the slow train to Frisco for a glimpse of America's pioneering spirit described that the author made several stops (like 24-hour) stops ...
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Getting from Denver Amtrak to Fort Collins

The eastbound Amtrak arrives Denver 6:38 PM (18:38 PT). How can I get to Fort Collins from there? The Super Shuttle runs roughly hourly from Denver International Airport to Fort Collins, but the ...
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Amtrak shared roomettes — am I allowed to sell the unused bed to another traveller?

In Europe, a common option on sleep trains is to book night accommodation in space shared with one or more strangers. This is cheaper than a private compartment, but more expensive than having only a ...
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What are the limiting times at an Amtrak train to get respective meals?

When booking a roomette on an Amtrak train, meals are included. Based on the time of boarding and detraining, how do I know if I'm entitled to a particular meal the same day? For example, if I arrive ...
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Amtrak on-time statistics for arbitrary stations?

I've heard that trains in the USA are often very late, for a variety of reasons; see e.g. What is the state of train travel in the USA? and its answers. But then again, the only country where I ...
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Is it worth booking Amtrak in advance?

Do Amtrak prices vary depending on how far in advance you book them, or are they the same price up until the day of travel?
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How busy is the Boston to New York Amtrak?

One of the answers to How rigorous are Amtrak in enforcing luggage rules? made me wonder how busy the Boston to New York train gets at the various points of day? Also, what is busier: weekdays versus ...
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How rigorous are Amtrak in enforcing luggage rules?

Looking at Amtrak trains between NY and Boston, I found that all had "no checked luggage" save for a midnight train (less than ideal for a relaxing vacation). Looking at this reference, it's not ...
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Unlimited Greyhound or Amtrak trips in US/Canada?

I've heard mention of 'limitless' tickets in North America, either by bus or train. Do these exist? What are the conditions and prices?
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Getting from Emeryville, CA to Mountain View, CA with significant luggage

Suppose that I am in Emeryville, CA, USA at 4-5 PM, having just stepped off the Amtrak California Zephyr train. How can I get to western Mountain View, CA with luggage including a large suitcase (28" ...
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Amtrak “large sharp objects” restriction: Are small knives included?

The Amtrak list of prohibited items includes the following: Large sharp objects such as axes, ice picks and swords Does this include small knives (such as a Victorinox SwissChamp, with a ...
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Dinner service out of Los Angeles on Amtrak Southwest Chief

Is dinner served in the dining car of the Southwest Chief after it leaves Los Angeles going eastbound at 6:15 pm? I'm asking because usually dinner service starts earlier on Amtrak trains.
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Getting from NYC to NC on trip to the US

My family (2 Adults 2 kids) and I are planning a trip to the USA this summer. The plan was to split our time between Greensboro NC and New York City. (Due to having family in both places) What we are ...
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Are there electrical outlets in the sleeper cars of the California Zephyr?

I will be taking the California Zephyr the entire journey, and I planned on getting a lot of work done on my laptop during the journey. I will be staying in a roomette, I've taken Amtrak on the North ...
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Do any rental car companies provide pickup at the Amtrak Union Station in LA?

Do any rental car companies provide pickup at the Amtrak Union Station in LA? I'll be arriving at 9:00 PM with my 5-year-old son, so I'd rather not have to then take the subway to LAX or walk ...