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Amtrak.com is offering a Valentine's Day special: Buy One Ticket, Get One Free on select Train Fares (Coach) with Travel between March 9 - August 30, 2020. Must book between February 13-17, 2020. Thanks serra

Note: Discounted prices are automatically reflected at checkout (via the provided link) when you add (2) qualifying tickets to cart. Certain exclusions may apply.
Sample Prices for 2 Passengers travelling together:
  • Los Angeles - Seattle 2 for $126
  • New York - Washington DC (Acela Train) 2 for $183
  • St Louis - Kansas 2 for $36
  • Portland ME - Boston 2 for $29
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Amtrak is offering a Valentine's Day Buy One Get One Free Sale on coach tickets, nationwide with no blackout dates.

Amtrak [amtrak.com]
Promotional Code: V214
Book by Feb 17, 2020
Travel March 9 - August 30, 2020

Sample Prices for two travelling together:
Los Angeles - Seattle $126
New York - Washington DC $183 (Acela)
St Louis - Kansas $36
Portland ME - Boston $29
The discount is valid for travel across the national network including most long distance routes as well as the Acela, Adirondack, Carolinian/Piedmont, Cascades, Downeaster, Downstate Illinois Services, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Heartland Flyer, Maple Leaf, Michigan Services, Missouri River Runner, Northeast Regional, San Joaquins, Valley Flyer, Vermonter and reserved sections of the Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service.

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So that means if I wanted to take Amtrak from Anaheim to San Diego the code won't be applied?
Nope, that's exactly the trip I was trying.
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The problem with Amtrak (Trains in the US in general) is that it takes longer than travel by car.... No thanks.
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The problem with Amtrak (Trains in the US in general) is that it takes longer than travel by car.... No thanks.
Speed is not generally the reason people take a train. Sometimes it's nice to look out the window, have a drink and a meal. It can feel a bit more civilized and be less draining than driving long distances. I've done a lot of travel by train in Europe, but almost none here. Maybe it's time.
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FYI: The trick for coach, if you want more privacy, is to select the Lower Level when you book your ticket.

Seats recline to almost horizontal and there's a foot/leg rest so sleeping isn't too bad. We rode from Milwaukee to Seattle and had a great time. Already looking for other options like MKE/CHI to California.
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I suppose traveling with drunks and people who aren't allowed to fly and pick pockets is romantic to some lol. Whatever you do don't get the Amtrak veggie burger. Trust me on this one...
Is it really that bad? I've never taken a train in the States before but I've always wanted to.
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The problem with Amtrak (Trains in the US in general) is that it takes longer than travel by car.... No thanks.
It makes a ton of sense when traveling to a place like NYC to avoid soul-crushing traffic and exorbitant parking prices.
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Riding on trains any more is like riding the bus. There's always someone with strong body odor that has to sit around you, or an elderly lady with way too much perfume on that it makes your spit taste like the perfume.
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Is it really that bad? I've never taken a train in the States before but I've always wanted to.
No, it's not.
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FYI: The trick for coach, if you want more privacy, is to select the Lower Level when you book your ticket.

Seats recline to almost horizontal and there's a foot/leg rest so sleeping isn't too bad. We rode from Milwaukee to Seattle and had a great time. Already looking for other options like MKE/CHI to California.
I'm curious, do they have showers since you have destinations that take multiple days to arrive.
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This is a slick deal in terms of price. You used to be able to buy eVouchers from private sellers via eBay at around 60% face value, but they've clamped down on that.

The value is the sightseeing and generous baggage allotments. If you're willing to spend more time on your journey, you can bring 2 checked bags + 2 carry ons for free on most trains. As there's no competition for long distance rail, prices don't vary too much, and really only increase if its within three weeks of the journey. No check in on an app. No pat downs. No walking through metal detectors or body scanners. No need to take everything off and out of your bags to get to the gate.

But do take into consideration that this is a slower means of transportation than flying. If you're traveling more than a few hours, you may find it hard to catch some rest in a chair. The chairs recline quite a bit and there's ample legspace. There are some interesting characters you'll find on the train, but I think it's more so the fact that flying can be far more expensive than the train on some destinations. But I agree, some folks on the train will do their darnedest to make their problems everybody else's.

If you travel be sure to bring your own food/drinks, since what they charge onboard is excessive.
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Is it really that bad? I've never taken a train in the States before but I've always wanted to.
I've never seen it.
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The problem with Amtrak (Trains in the US in general) is that it takes longer than travel by car.... No thanks.
But way more relaxing than driving.
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But way more relaxing than driving.
Personal preference. I'd prefer to drive where I have control of my journey. I also dislike people so...
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I suppose traveling with drunks and people who aren't allowed to fly and pick pockets is romantic to some lol. Whatever you do don't get the Amtrak veggie burger. Trust me on this one...

LMAO. This. I took it about 2 yaears ago from SF to PDX, no issues. There is something kind of nostalgic about train travel - when I was a kid we traveled cross country in a sleeper car and that was pretty badass to see the country.


About 3 months ago I took it from SF to Bakersfield after my flight was canceled. I swear, that had the most ghetto possible people ever on it. Some dude got on and pulled out a knife in Fresno and they held the train for about 2 hours in Stockton until the police arrived and took him away.


The website/reservation system is the biggest piece of shit in the word. Every time I've booked I literally have to google and find the reddit thread that helps you figure out how to book. The crazy thing is how much federal subsidies Amtrak has (they got bailed out in '71 and have been receiving subsidies every year to the tune of ~ $1.5B/yr) and how disgraceful it is as a means to travel through the US - it should be a pretty cool way to see the country. Instead, you are more likely to die in an Amtrak accident than an airline.
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Q1: What's a good trip to take from Indiana if you've already driven a 3 week long loop out to the Pacific via car along a similar route as Lewis and Clark?

Probably most interested in north east states.

Q2: Do trains allow you to get off at different cities along the routes and then get back on a different day to continue the ticket?
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