U.S. Train Travel
If you are not in a rush to get to your destination, and would like to see some of America’s countryside, take a train!
Inter-city train travel in the United States is provided by Amtrak, which has routes all over the United States. You can check all of the schedules and fares at Amtrak.com, or call (800) USA-RAIL. And don’t forget to check our Train Deals section before booking to see if there’s a special to your destination.
Amtrak’s fastest service is on its Acela Express trains in the Northeast corridor, which travel up to 150 miles per hour.
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If you’re looking for a shorter ride, Amtrak is hardly the only game in town. Check out TrainWeb’s list of local railways throughout North America.
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Read your ticket for information regarding reservations, services and bonuses.
As with air travel, be prepared to deal with cancellations and delays.
If you are traveling overnight and need rest, plan on getting a sleeper car.
If you need a sleeper car, be sure to make your reservations well in advance.
Dress comfortably. Also, bring an extra sweater and comfortable shoes.
Find out the hours of the dining car and schedule your meals accordingly.
Avoid close connections.
Don’t leave luggage unguarded on the train or in the station.
On night trains, secure baggage to the rack with a small bicycle lock.
Keep your valuables in a concealed money belt when sleeping on trains.
Purchase earplugs at any pharmacy to help you get a good night’s sleep.
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