In this day and age of inelegant air travel as Alec Baldwin recently quipped ... train travel is a wonderful option.
Admittedly it is not the same gracious experience as it once was; however, there are many lovely aspects to rail travel: spacious seating, watching the cityscapes and rural scenery float by, generosity in regard to luggage and many more.
Some reviewers cite the uncleanliness in bathrooms, but this is due to lack of good manners on behalf of other travelers who have poor aim and are generally slothful by nature.
I travel from Point A to Point C on a regular basis --- with a long layover at Point B, which happens to be a fabulous city. I look forward to these jaunts ... and they do not cost an arm and a leg for the price of a one-way fare.
Wifi is spotty ... so I read or take paperwork. I break up the time with a trip to the Cafe Car -- their fare is not bad at all.
My main concern is the usage of the Quiet Car. But once again; it is fellow travelers failing to observe normative courtesy who disturb the peace for others.
Four stars, Amtrak.
Review by Lik2 years ago
Recently I was able to break away for a weekend back in my home and away from work. I have used Amtrak a few times to do this same trip. The website is user friendly and easy to navigate for me. The prices are very reasonable and tickets easy to get. The trip went well but was delayed slightly due to the recent bad weather in the Midwest. As this is not a long trip I usually travel coach. The room and comfort is very good and the ride very smooth. The only issue I would really bring up is the cleanliness of the restrooms and occasionally the cars themselves. The attendants could be a bit more observant of those things and remedy the situations easily. This is not a serious issue by any standard but more of an improvement that is easily made to improve the overall service. I will definitely ride again. Good value and good service but the food is very high priced.
Review by Denzal Motiei4 years ago
I used to rave to friends and family about how convenient and customer oriented Amtrak was. It was worth traveling over 16 hours from Albuquerque to Los Angeles just for the stress free travel. No long airport lines or cramped seating on the plane. Update as of March 2016, I am very disappointed with the service of Amtrak. In particular the lazy attendants. I rode the SW Chief from ABQ to LAX on March 25, 2016. I had a sleeping car. The train arrived 1 hour late, but that was not a worry or concern to me. Upon boarding, I discover that the room had trash in it. I took it to the waste containers in the hallway. Not a problem. Once the the attendant arrived to check my ticket, not a word out of his mouth (I thought...well I am doing fine, I hope you have a nice trip too...still not a problem). He closed the door without giving me my dinner reservation ticket/time. I thought, well someone else will come to the room and tell me what time to go to the dining car (since the pillowcases needed to brought in and placed on the pillows, and the water replenished. 2 hours later..no attendant. I could not spot one nearby so I pulled the call button. 5 minutes later and lots of anxious passengers later, no attendant. I pushed the button down..(sigh). I left the room once again and spotted David the attendant I saw upon boarding. I asked him for water, pillowcases, dinner reservation, bed turn down etc. David, "Oh I forgot, you were supposed to go eat at 5:30 pm. Just show up at last call and eat at 8:30 p.m." Bummer...Amtrak normally runs out of food before then and you are left with "something". OK I go to eat a cheeseburger, (all the good stuff was already gone) and I saw a few other PAX that were not told when to eat and were given box lunches because the dining car was closing. I get to my room and struggle to get my bed turned down (100% disabled vet with various medical problems..sigh). (I put the pillowcases on the pillow that David left in the room, not a problem). Breakfast was being served at 5 a.m. I don't eat so early but proceeded to get a fresh cup of coffee from the hallway. WHAT no coffee for breakfast??!! The pots had NOT been replenished for over 20 hours according to the other passengers. I asked David why he did not make a fresh pot for breakfast and he said by the time it brewed, he would have to empty it again. So a pot of coffee takes 1 1/2 hours to brew? He's been on duty since 4 a.m. it was now 5:30 a.m. The train arrived in LA around 7:45 a.m. David wanted to get a head start on being released from duty and failed to provide quality customer to some of us passengers. David is/was lazy. I truly hope he is not aboard when I make my return trip to ABQ. AMTRAK customer service complaints: 800-872-7245. I will no longer recommend AMTRAK if you are a friend :) Karen
Review by GinaK5 years ago
I had booked a trip with Amtrak about 5 months ago, last week I was looking at prices for the same trip and found that the price was now $100.00 less than when I purchased it. I called Amtrak and asked the agent if I could cancel and rebook the fare. The agent said that it was not a problem, Amtrak would charge me $10.00 and the difference in the fares would be credited back to my bank account the agent rebooked me immediately, the money was back in my bank account two days later. It was such a pleasure to work with a business that seems to have the consumer in mind.
Review by Roohan6 years ago
It is used to book a ride anywhere. This site is safe and secure.
Review by Biei7 years ago
Auto loads crazy sound and contains bogus advertising. I love Amtrak but the site is annoying.
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