Jump to content
Attention: In order to reply to messages, create topics, have access to other features of the community you must sign up for an account.
Sign in to follow this  
TheKorean

Overnight Amtrak trip

Recommended Posts

Anyone take Amtrak for long distance trip before? I am planning to head off to Chicago, and wanted to take Amtrak, because the plane sucks. Plus $86 for a coach seems pretty attractive option for me.

 

I wanted to get myself a sleeper but I am going solo.

 

So, how is the long distance experience?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've gone from Orlando to New York overnight. I thought it was pretty good. NYC to Chicago, I don't know.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are 4 ways to get to Chicago from NYP by Amtrak:

 

(1) NYP-CHI direct via Lake Shore Limited

(2) NYP-WAS-CHI via Regional and Capitol Limited

(3) NYP-PGH-CHI via Pennsylvanian and Capitol Limited

(4) NYP-CHI direct via Cardinal, which runs via Cincinnati and WV.

 

WAS-Washington, DC

PGH-Pittsburgh, PA

 

Good and bad:

(1) Good: Fastest, most convenient route, pretty scenic along the Hudson

Bad: Can be expensive, sells out fast, equipment is not as great as (2), layover in Albany

 

(2) Good: Best equipment (Superliner cars), plenty of sleeper space so prices aren't as high

Bad: Need to transfer in Washington to/from a Regional, which can be SRO during peak times (holiday season)

 

(3) Good: Same as (2), shortest route in terms of distance

Bad: Long coach ride in Pennsylvanian, late night transfer in Pittsburgh, usually same price as (2)

 

(4) Good: Very scenic, very LONG ride

Bad: Only one sleeper car means VERY high sleeper prices, no checked baggage, food inferior to the all the other options.

 

Note if you check baggage on any option, it will go via the Lake Shore Limited, so if it's delayed, you'll have to wait for your bags.

 

I've gone from Orlando to New York overnight. I thought it was pretty good. NYC to Chicago, I don't know.

 

Silver Star and Silver Meteor use the same equipment as the Lake Shore Limited.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Take the plane. It's a 2 and a half hour flight from NY to Chicago.

Well he wants to take the train, which is why we have this thread. If I were him, I would rather take the thing to O'Hare.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

^Ugh, I am scared of significant heights. I prefer to avoid planes.

 

Besides, I want to take this opportunity to take Amtrak there. Times no problem. If I was short on time I would definitely take the plane.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
^Ugh, I am scared of significant heights. I prefer to avoid planes.

 

Besides, I want to take this opportunity to take Amtrak there. Times no problem. If I was short on time I would definitely take the plane.

Slightly off-topic.

I am still afraid of heights also, but I have faced my fear and used tallest Smith-9th Sts, Roosevelt Island Tramway, or Big Shot ride. I have even faced my fear on plane ride when I came here, well as my domestic flight bet. LGA and CLE.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yea, well.

 

Its about the experience though. No one really takes Amtrak to Chicago from New York for time convinience.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Last time I rode a plane back in 2008, I thought of it as a roller coaster since they both go high in the air.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's going to be a great experience, but you really want to enjoy yourself on Amtrak, take the cross country rides between Cali and Chicago.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
It's going to be a great experience, but you really want to enjoy yourself on Amtrak, take the cross country rides between Cali and Chicago.

Me, too.

I really want to take Amtrak in future.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
It's going to be a great experience, but you really want to enjoy yourself on Amtrak, take the cross country rides between Cali and Chicago.

Those really sound nice. Plus you really get to see the beauty of this country.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

other than the Regionals, the only other train I've been on was the Auto Train. Thats a nice ride, long but worth it. $700 for 3 people and my car round trip.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
For me, I just wish there would be a MegaBus service from NYC to Chicago via a Possible Transfer at Pittsburgh or Cleveland, I am also afraid of hieghts like especially at Bronx Stations, Smith 9th not so quite, but for planes, it is plane food + danger, :P.

Thats whats Greyhound for....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I took the Cardinal from NYPenn to Cincinnati last December.

 

It's a very long journey, and I was exhausted after it even though I was able to sleep a lot. The regular coach seat became uncomfortable after sitting for so many hours.

 

I can't imagine taking it on further to Chicago. I'd rather drive myself, or just pony up to fly.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

^Thats not really an overnight trip though...since it takes approximately 6 to 12 hours, I think to Toronto. But sounds fun anyways. B)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
^Thats not really an overnight trip though...since it takes approximately 6 to 12 hours, I think to Toronto. But sounds fun anyways. :P

 

I know, and it operates during the day, but I'm quite excited to use a route other than the NE Corridor. I packed in an Acela first class in that trip as well! Can't wait. :tup:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
^Ugh, I am scared of significant heights. I prefer to avoid planes.

 

Besides, I want to take this opportunity to take Amtrak there. Times no problem. If I was short on time I would definitely take the plane.

 

I feel the same way, strange thing is that I can walk over a bridge(Queensboro,Brooklyn,etc)with no problem yet if I step out on a balcony of a high rise(12th floor)I can't handle it,I start feeling light headed.:eek:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Leaving to California on Wedenesday.

 

To Chicago, then take Southwest Chief to Los Angeles, and then take Amtrak California to San Diego. Should be fun.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Leaving to California on Wedenesday.

 

To Chicago, then take Southwest Chief to Los Angeles, and then take Amtrak California to San Diego. Should be fun.

 

To Chicago via what?

 

The Southwest Chief is a route that will hopefully lead you to take another overnight trip soon, it usually runs ontime or even early. The Pacific Surfliner is unreserved. Some trips may be crowded, since you're arriving at 8:15AM. There have been cases of it being SRO!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.