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

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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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Amtrak Baggage rules [duplicate]

My family of 4 is traveling from BWI to Portland, ME - we are wondering how strict Amtrak is about their no-checking baggage rules. We have suitcases that are 30x18x9 and will probably weigh over 50 ...
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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 ...