Ten Tips for First-Time Train Travellers
Amtrak Vacations frequently asks customers about their experiences riding the rails. We also want to know their top tips for train travel, especially for first-timers who may not have the knowledge necessary. These are the top Train Travellers 10 most recommended tips to make your first rail journey enjoyable and relaxing.
You can have a smooth ride by arriving at the station 30 minutes before the train departs. That will give you enough time to locate your platform, and to check any bags. Check out the schedule and length of the trains between stations once you arrive at the station.
CHECK EXCEPT BAGGAGE
Amtrak allows passengers to bring two bags, up to 50 lbs each, and two personal items such as a purse or blanket. They can also carry two smaller bags (up to 50 lbs) that can be stored in overhead bins. You can also add up to two bags for $20 each. An Amtrak agent can assist you in labelling your bags at the station, so that you are easy to identify when you board the train.
Comfortable travel makes it more enjoyable. Comfortable and breathable clothing is key to a pleasant experience on the train. Experienced riders recommend that you bring a few comforts from home, such as a blanket or throw, and a pillow.
MOVE AROUND, EXPLORE
There’s a good chance you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you see and who you meet while you travel around the train. For panoramic views of the shifting scenery, visit the observation car or grab a quick snack from the snack car. Enjoy chef-prepared meals in the comfortable dining room, or share the experience with fellow passengers if you have booked a space onboard the train.
GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Amtrak coach seating is much more spacious than those on standard airplanes. Many passengers feel at ease reclining in their seats for a night of sleep. For a better nights sleep, riders often recommend upgrading to a bedroom with a bed in the train’s sleeper car.
KEEP YOUR CAMERA HANDY
The moment you step onto the train will be a memorable one. And the best views are right outside your windows. Keep your camera close at hand to capture all the beauty.
Amtrak allows riders the ability to bring food or drinks on the train. This means that riders can take along their favourite snacks and beverages.
UNPLUG (BUT BRING YOUR CHARGER).
Many passengers love to spend time on trains, unplugging and reading, playing games, or just relaxing and taking in the beautiful scenery. In case of emergency, every coach seat on Amtrak comes with its own outlet. This is a convenient way of charging all your devices ahead of your arrival at your destination.
If your plan to unplug fails, you will want to have a backup. You can preload your tablet/phone with movies, podcasts, and apps to ensure that your device is ready for the unexpected. This can be especially helpful when it gets dark and you don’t want to see the outside world, especially if your children are with you. You should also bring headphones so that everyone around you has an enjoyable experience.
ENJOY YOUR RIDE
Relax, take in the scenery and enjoy your train journey. You’re only half of the fun, getting there!