I'm travelling across the US in October. I'm flying into New York on 1st October and out of Seattle on 9th November. to get me between the two I've got a 30 day Amtrak ticket.
Has anyone got any tips for travelling with Amtrak or which routes I should take?
I was hoping to spend a few nights on the train, saving me money on hostels. Are the seats comfortable enough to do this on?
I'm a travel consultant and I think I can give you some pointers, there are many different routes to take, I would recommend that based on your needs contact the Amtrak administrations. They are very helpful and will help you. Request a map from administration, the map will have all their routes, this way you can make an informed decision. However, sleeping in the train is not as comfortable as sleeping in the hotel. The Amtrak crew will provide you with some necessities such as pillow and blanket. Always smart to have your own, some times the crew runs out.
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Best of luck to you and I hope I have help.
Sleeping on board Amtrak trains is usually no problem - unlike travelling by bus - and can certainly save you money on accommodation. Choose a seat towards the centre of the car (away from the sliding doors) and make sure that the reclining mechanism is working properly. It can get a little chilly at night from the air-conditioning so you'll need that blanket from the attendant or a decent coat to snuggle under. If you're feeling flush, you might treat yourself to your own sleeping compartment, although these tend to be rather cramped and usually need to be booked well in advance.
The Bradt book, USA by Rail, is a very useful guide and more information can be found on the websites at and
what about traveling w/ kids? I was thinking of doing something similiar...