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One inch (2.5 cm) of falling snow changes pretty much nothing. Even more so for a heavy vehicle. Snow melts easily by the passing of vehicles and so most motorways do not have more than a very thin layer of snow after an inch (2.5 cm) of snowfall. At 4 inches (1 dm), it starts making a difference, depending on the rate of falling. Both bus and train take ...


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I found a non-official map of the Amtrak trains that ride during the night or the day. Since daylight changes every day, the day picked for this map is the autumnal equinox. This map was published in November 2003 by Trains Magazine. Since it changes every day, if you want to know precisely where you are supposed to be (given there is no delay), you ...


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It is recommended to tip: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide,” recommends $5 per passenger per night for sleeping-car attendants, and the standard 15 percent of what the meals would cost if you paid (prices are on the menu) outright. (Seattle Times)


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As noted elsewhere, you cannot take the price of a single itinerary on a single route on a single date and make conclusions about rail travel on a single service compared to rail travel on an entire continent. Even if you could, it would not hold. I tried some bookings for 27 February at 0800. Amtrak's Acela Express would be $78. SNCF quotes me 70 EUR (~96 ...


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Yes, unlike flights or buses in the U.S., long-distance Amtrak travel includes the expectation that passengers will give gratuities to certain members of the service crew. It is not required (i.e. Amtrak cannot pursue you legally if you choose not to pay tips, and Amtrak staff are not supposed to solicit them), but it is expected. It is not directly ...


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Single ride tickets "are valid on board any Capitol Corridor train/bus at any time between the stops noted on the ticket." And from their ticketing policies: Itinerary Changes Since Capitol Corridor does not require advance reservations, most Capitol Corridor tickets may be used on the Capitol Corridor route within one year of purchase without ...


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Although the Google info provided in @PeterM's answer is mostly correct, I've ridden that shuttle multiple times in both directions, between BWI Airport and BWI train station, and the only "multiple" stops are the couple of stops it makes at the airport terminal itself. Once it leaves the terminal, it goes directly to the train station (or leaving ...


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If you use Google maps to mark the route from the airport to the Amtrak station, and then select the public transport option (similar to how you used the walking option to identify your 2.1 mile walk), Google will tell you that the shuttle takes 12 minutes and makes 5 stops. Note that the 14 minutes mentioned on the map itself includes walking to/from the ...


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1" isn't a storm, but it could combine with other factors to cause problems on the highway. The snow will not affect Amtrak's Boston-NYC corridor. 1 inch of snow is nothing to them. As for the highway, 1" generally isn't a lot... but that depends on how it affects the roads. Is it a temperature range where road salt works effectively? Is it a busy time ...


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Call Amtrak and ask. You aren't the first person to be in this situation. If that doesn't yield an answer, show up at the station at 3.45am. It's likely there is someone at the station before it officially opens. Ask them. Try to check the bags as soon as you can. I doubt the station is extremely busy at 4am, and they will probably let you check them "...


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Travelling by train in Europe is not necessarily cheaper, so your premise is false. Some examples on flexible tickets: Bern-Geneva (160 km) will cost you 49 CHF per direction per person, meaning 200 CHF = 225 USD Flexible Madrid - Ciudad Real (186 km) round trip is almost 75€ per person (two persons: 150€ = 206 USD). Flexible Norrköping - Stockholm (162 km)...


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The distinction between a "reserved coach seat" and an "unreserved coach seat" is that they (sort of) guarantee that there will be seats for all passengers with "reserved" seats but not for passengers with "unreserved" coach seats. From the Amtrak website (bolding mostly mine): Reserved Coach Seat: While reserved ...


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tl;dr: if it's marked as bear spray, go ahead. The Canada Border Services Agency lists these requirements for the bear spray to be allowed : Exception: Aerosol or similar dispensers that contain substances capable of repelling or subduing animals (e.g. dog or bear repellent) are not considered prohibited weapons if: (i) the label of the ...


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Do you need seating for handicapped people? If yes, you can use it. But you might be asked for proof of the need. If not, please do not use it if there are other seats you can use. Age is not the deciding thing here. A 20 year old girl or guy who looks healthy might have an invisible handicap and need it much more than a healthy 70 year old who can walk on ...


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Technically, this is not allowed. The Amtrak Terms of Transportation states: If you do not board your train as booked, your entire reservation is subject to cancellation. However, you can call Amtrak and try to change your reservation from Pontiac to Detroit. You may even get a partial refund if the fare would be less.


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First class seats on the Acela Express are the only seats which can be reserved prior to check-in, anywhere in the Amtrak system.* In fact, they are automatically assigned—you cannot see the seat map, and do not know what you have been assigned until you have purchased a ticket, though you can change it afterwards online or with an agent for no charge. ...


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Most likely your Greyhound bus will only make a single stop in Vancouver itself, although it may make stops in nearby suburbs like Coquitlam. The stop in Vancouver will be on Station Street, directly in front of the station that the Amtrak services leave from. If you have some time between the two trips you could stroll down and enjoy the views over False ...


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There is a public commuter bus service running between Denver and Fort Collins: Bustang North Line. It runs from Denver's Union Station (which is where Amtrak stops) to the Fort Collins downtown transit center, with only two intermediate stops (I-25 at US-34 in Loveland, and the Harmony Transfer Center at I-25 and Harmony Road in Fort Collins). The bus ...


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There are a few YouTube videos that turn up on a search for Amtrak "unscheduled stop", including ones at Cortlandt (a Metro-North station) and Old Saybrook (a Shore Line East stop that does get Amtrak service, but not normally train 160). But consider that unlike a plane, a train does not have to be at a terminal to make an unscheduled stop. Anyone who has ...


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Yes, it does have a breakfast available in the dining car, no reservations needed. Breakfast starts at 6:30am and is normally available until 10:00am. If the train is on time, it should be arriving in LA sometime around 9:30am on the second morning and the breakfast service will end shortly before then. You should still have plenty of time to head to ...


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No, Amtrak does not send passport information to the CBP. Only air and sea carriers do. Source: CBP. However note that Canada exchanges entry details with the US, so Canadian border security should automatically send your exit information to the Americans. Note that Amtrak doesn't routinely verify the IDs of passengers on-board, at most they make sure you ...


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2.5 cm of snow where I live wouldn't do a thing to bus schedules, unless we got rain prior - i.e. rain started freezing, and turned to snow. If that happens, all bets are off. Also, buses tend to be pretty secure in slippery conditions. The vehicles are big and heavy, and have significant weight over their drive wheels. (This, from a local bus company ...


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I just looked this up. The trip you have selected is a two part trip with a change of trains in Washington DC. The first part is the 195 Northeast Regional from Penn Station to Washington, Union Station. This is followed by taking the 29 Capital Limited from Union Station to Pittsburgh Union station. The 3:23 is just the NYC/DC leg trip time. Scroll down ...


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Disclaimer: I'm not American, so the extreme tipping culture is pretty alien to me, but I did find some information online which seemed to be accurate when I've been around on Amtrak before. At the dining car, your meals are free if you have sleeping accommodation, but whether or not you've paid for your meal, the suggestion is to look at the prices on the ...


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Roomettes are indeed assigned, and which one you get will be indicated on your ticket (as highlighted below): You can request a particular roommette (or bedroom, family bedroom, bedroom suite, etc.) by calling Amtrak or seeing an agent at the station; as with airline seats, the earlier you do this the better if you have a preference. The car number will be ...


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According to official Amtrak policy, carry-on luggage length is limited to 28 inches, or a little over two feet. A standard poster tube will be 42 inches, or three-and-a-half feet long. Obviously this breaks the published length limit. However, from my experience with Amtrak, the train personnel are usually lenient about enforcing this policy, as long as ...


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Amtrak does not allow stopovers, but they do have a multi-city option on their web site, and if you book one ticket of multiple legs it may be intelligent enough to do better than adding up one-way fares. If you don't book a sleeper berth, the fare is not that high; Los Angeles to Emeryville as low as $50 if booked far in advance. (Note discount tickets may ...


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While current Amtrak regulations do not explicitly prohibit bear spray, their prohibited items page lists the following categories of items as prohibited from both carry-on and checked luggage (bolding original): Canisters, tanks or other devices containing propellants Corrosive or dangerous chemicals or materials, including but not limited to liquid ...


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You do not reserve a seat on any specific train on the Capitol Corridor. From their FAQ: Do I need to make a reservation? No. Capitol Corridor is an unreserved route, so no reservations are required, and you can buy your tickets at any time and easily hop on board! Some connecting bus routes require reservations, however, so please make sure to purchase ...


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Amtrak does not weigh pets so 23 pounds should be fine. They do have restrictions on the size for the Pet Carrier. The maximum size for pet carriers is 19" long x 14" wide x 10.5" high. This is what they can see and would most likely flag so I would ensure that your pet carrier is within the max limits.


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