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A government-owned passenger rail corporation in the United States.

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Can I take an earlier or later train than my originally scheduled Amtrak train?

I'll be flying to Chicago (O'Hare) in a couple of months and then taking Amtrak down to St. Louis. There are two trains I could take from Union Station. One leaves three hours after my flight ...
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What is the state of train travel in USA?

I'm planning to go to the USA for some months. I'd like to travel there by train, but I heard that trains aren't really widely used in USA. So my questions are: How is the rail network in the USA? Is ...
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How can I select seats on Amtrak train?

This is my first Amtrak trip. I am travelling from Pittsburgh, PA to New York City, NY on the Pennsylvanian; and then from New York City, NY to Washington DC on the Acela Express. Both the tickets are ...
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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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Seating reserved handicap

I have a Senior ticket. While traveling on amtrak, am I prohibited from sitting in an unoccupied seat reserved for passengers with disabilities?
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How safe is Baltimore Washington Airport Amtrak station at night?

I am taking Amtrak train from New York Penn Station to Baltimore Washington International Airport Amtrak station next month. I am reaching BWI Airport Amtrak station at 2AM. After getting down from ...
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What hidden benefits does business class on Amtrak Cascades offer?

The Riders Guide describes the difference on board between Coach and Business but these seem marginal. Are there any more...?
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Amtrak Cascades from Seattle to Vancouver - What is the border crossing like northbound?

I'm pondering using the Amtrack Cascades train to get from Seattle up to Vancouver. The ticket price seems pretty good, the views are supposed to be great, and it seems to be fairly quick too! When ...
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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 to ...
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Why does Amtrak tell me that my journey will last 3 hours, but also 12?

I'm searching for a train from NY Penn station to Pittsburgh, on Saturday the 23rd of March. This one looks good, but it seems to say that the journey will last 12 hours, contradicting the times given ...
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Traveling by train from Savannah GA to Charleston SC

I am looking to travel from Savannah, Georgia to Charleston, South Carolina in February. I have done searching and found the following options: Rent a car; probably ~$100 for economy level car, plus ...
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Traveling from Hartford to JFK Friday and back on Sunday Afternoon

I’m going from Hartford to JFK this Friday and coming back on Sunday leaving JFK at 2pm. I’m thinking of taking Amtrak rather than driving as I usually do. Will the train system be reliable on Sund ay ...
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Reliability of greyhound/amtrak from Minneapolis to Chicago

I am traveling from Minneapolis to Chicago next Saturday, and I need to be at Symphony Center by 4:45 pm sharp. My schedule is unfortunately somewhat constrained, and my travel options are as follows: ...
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Transfer time from Amtrak to EWR terminal B

My international flight (inbound, back to the EU) departs from EWR at 17:55 (on a Saturday, December 1). Taking into account usual train delays as well as time for the AirTrain and security and ...
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Easiest/cheapest from Albuquerque Amtrak to car rental at airport

I am planning to arrive in Albuquerque, NM via an Amtrak train. I want to rent a car when I arrive, which will most likely require a trip to the airport (where I will be leaving the car anyway). I ...
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Does Amtrak send passport information to the CBP so exits from the US can be recorded?

I am considering flying to New York, spending a week there, and then going to Montreal or Toronto for a week before flying home. For those who don't know, when entering the US by air, the CBP (US ...
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Why is Amtrak so expensive in the Northeastern US?

Why is Amtrak so 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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What is the check-in time for the Amtrak bus from Vancouver to Seattle?

I've purchased a bus ticket from Amtrak to go from Vancouver to Seattle and the booking page displayed a warning about special conditions for passengers crossing the border: Passengers traveling ...
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Does Amtrak verify the passport details you enter when booking an international train ticket on their site?

When booking a ticket to/from Canada on Amtrak's website, you are asked to provide passport details for all traveling passengers. In case you don't know the exact details at booking time, can you put ...
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Amtrak Capitol Corridor single ride tickets — are they bound to a specific run?

So, in the not-so-distant future, we have a very short jaunt on an Amtrak Capital Corridor train as part of a larger itinerary (that, a BART ride, and a stroll are saving us a car rental here). ...
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In 1 inch (2.5 cm) of snow, would Amtrak be much faster than a bus?

Traveling from Boston to New York Tuesday night. Light snow forcasted. (What speed would a bus drive? MPH. What speed would a train ride? MPH)
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Amtrak Rail Pass questions

I am planning to travel the United States by Amtrak Rail Pass, however, all the info I found online about the rail passes hasn't bee sufficient and didn't answer all my questions. I would be very ...
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Luggage storage / luggage check details at Vancouver, BC train station

I will likely be taking a train trip soon from Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA, and I'd like to know some details about the luggage storage facilities at the Vancouver train station: Is there luggage ...
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Amtrak Roomette luggage security

I am looking to taking a trip on the Southwest Chief Amtrak train and booking a Roomette. I know that I can sit in my Roomette and watch the world go by, but what I want to know about is how ...
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Is wifi available on the Amtrak Southwest Chief?

Is wifi available if I get the cheapest ticket on the "4 Southwest Chief" train? I looked at https://www.amtrak.com/services/contentService.iblegacy.routes.southwest-chief.html couldn't find any info
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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 ...
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Amtrak Seating NY to DC

We are traveling from NY to DC in January. Their website is confusing. Different fares listed for what appears to be the same type of seats. Can I reserve specific seats or are they first come first ...
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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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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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Showers near Denver Union Station?

We are planning a trip for later this summer via Amtrak and are planning on stopping in Denver. But we're traveling in coach, so will not have access to the on-board showers on the train. Do people ...
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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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Map showing what parts of an Amtrak route are traversed during daylight

I remember seeing a map of individual Amtrak routes that showed which parts of the train route were traversed in daylight for each direction. I've looked on Amtrak's website and checked the schedules ...
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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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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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Does it matter if the name on my train ticket doesn't match my passport?

I've booked an international train trip from the US to Canada on Amtrak. My Amtrak frequent rider account is in a nickname, while my passport is in my real name. The nickname is an extremely common ...
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Can I bring a bear spray from the US to Canada?

While hiking in the US, I bought a bear spray. However, I never used it. Now I'm taking an Amtrak train from the US to Canada and I'd like to take the bear spray with me. Am I allowed to do that? ...
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Getting to Buffalo Depew Amtrak in the evening

I would like to catch the westbound Lake Shore Limited that departs Buffalo-Depew station at 23:59 (11:59 PM). Is there any public transit from downtown Buffalo around this time (specifically, from ...
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Amtrak - Why can she not buy two tickets for herself?

I know this has been discussed for airlines. But on Amtrak (the American passenger rail system), I was traveling Cascades from Portland to Seattle, and the woman in front of me had purchased two ...
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Overnight from San Francisco to Fresno, CA

I was wondering if anybody had any ideas on how to get from San Francisco at 10pm to Fresno, CA? Does not really matter how far off of being a direct route but no layovers longer than 30 or 45 minutes ...
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Finding the station to get off at in Vancouver

I am travelling to Vancouver, BC by Greyhound bus and then catching the Amtrak train to Seattle Washington. The greyhound will stop at Homer & Georgia, Burrard & Georgia, Station Street and ...
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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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Can you stretch a Coast Starlight ticket over multiple days?

In September myself and a friend will be travelling from LA up to San Francisco via train, stopping at San Luis Obispo (to see Pismo beach mainly) and later at Salinas (to travel to Monterey and ...
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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 2.5-inch ...
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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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Planning a trip to Niagara Falls on US side only (Amtrak)

We will be taking the train to visit Niagara. Following is the plan which we have created. We will be taking the Empire Service from New York Penn to reach Niagara Falls. If, the train reaches on time,...
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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 (http:/...
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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 Plus/...