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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'd suggest you start with reading the Seat61 page on Train Travel in the USA. That'll tell you about the main routes, the main trains, general timings and prices etc. As a general rule, most big places on the east and west coast can be visited, but only certain ones inland (in other cases the appropriate lines have closed). For long distances, the trains ...


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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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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, it is worth purchasing Amtrak tickets as early as possible. Amtrak does practice yield management, although it is not nearly as sophisticated as the airlines in this regard. Fares will increase closer to the date and time of travel. If someone purchased a ticket in a low fare bucket and then cancels it close to the departure, sometimes the seat gets ...


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While I assume the original poster has already made his journey, for reference this train does Canada Customs clearance on arrival at Pacific Central Station in Vancouver, not at the border. As such, there won't be any US CBP around if you need to get an exit stamp.


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Rail is only really practical in the Northeast part of the USA between big cities like Boston, New York, Chicago and Washington DC. In the Southwest and South Central parts of the country very few people would even consider traveling by train. First, this is a very big country so it takes a very long time to travel by any land based transportation, secondly ...


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According to this image atleast: http://www.360cities.net/image/amtrak-roomette-sleeper-california-zephyr-2007#424.41,0.66,20.0 http://www.360cities.net/image/amtrak-roomette-sleeper-california-zephyr-2007#424.41,0.66,20.0"> if you look into the other room http://www.360cities.net/image/amtrak-roomette-sleeper-california-zephyr-2007#553.27,12.12,20.0 you ...


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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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Provided you are carrying only one large bag, and provided you are carrying it yourself and can place it on the overhead rack without assistance, a slightly oversized rucksack as you describe is unlikely to bring you grief, especially if the train is not completely full. Many people on the Northeast Corridor trains are day trippers, with little more than a ...


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Amtrak Amtrak offers a series of USA Rail Passes; as of October 2015 they are 8 segments within 15 days $459 12 segments within 30 days $689 18 segments within 45 days $899 To discourage commuters from buying a pass (as opposed to a multi-ride ticket), travel is restricted to four one-way trips between any two cities and the cities in between them on the ...


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Train travel in the US in general sucks rocks; either it's very inconvenient or it's very expensive. However, it's almost always worth stopping by the amtrak.com website to check out the intercity pricing and schedules. Some routes are subsidized by state governments, which make them inexpensive, and occasionally more convenient, than air or bus travel. ...


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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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It's usually a lot easier getting into Canada than the U.S. Make sure Customs takes your I-94 form at the border. They let you keep it if they expect you to return to the U.S. soon, to make it easier to enter. Since your going on to Europe, you are supposed to turn it in.


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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 coach seating is available on our long ...


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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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Note that the prohibition linked to only mentions checked or unchecked luggage, and not items you might carry on your person. I do not know this for a fact, but am guessing the rule is not influenced by the airline's prohibition on knives and other sharp objects after 9/11, but instead because trains are subject to quick, sudden jerks and jolts, both ...


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I traveled on the California Zephyr in January 2010 and had a roomette. It does indeed have an outlet. As I recall, it had a label saying something like "Razor Only" but worked fine to charge my laptop. It might not work for higher-current appliances.


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Hertz and Budget have an office there.


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I have never had my luggage inspected or measured on an Amtrak train in any way. In general, I suspect that they only enforce these regulations in situations in which cargo space is at a premium (very rare), in cases where they are being conspicuously flaunted (trying to haul several large trunks aboard the train), or in response to complaints from other ...


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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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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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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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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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You can only query the statistics for one train at one station at a time (up to four weeks in the past), but you might find what you are looking for here: http://www.amtrakdelays.onlineschedulingsoftware.com/ You can also use their "catch train" search to get current data from some running trains.


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You've identified most of the standard options. Almost all travel between Denver and Fort Collins is by private car (as is almost all travel in general in the U.S., outside of a handful of corridors between large cities), and relatively few people are expected to take Amtrak to Denver in order to get to Fort Collins, so the schedules are not coordinated. ...


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