Can anyone clarify these questions about amtrak passes?
1. With a pass, can you just get on and off wherever you like and continue the journey a few days later?
2. Does the pass cover travel to Montreal on the NYC to Montreal line, or do you have to pay extra for the Canadian sector?
The Pass lets you get tickets for any journey (except 'First Class' Acela and Sleeping cabins). The Pass itself isn't a ticket tho, and you would need to get the tickets at least a few days in advance to make sure you get a seat. Any ticket office can print you tickets for any leg of the journey, or you can just reserve seats in advance, and make any change, until they get printed. (We booked pretty much everything in advance, but printed the tickets a day or two in advance to give us a bit of flexibility).
Also, if you're on a long distance train, enquire about the cost of a sleeper. We got a cabin (cosy but nice to have a bit of space plus any meals included) from New Orleans to Memphis for around 40USD - a bit of a steal!
If you get a ticket from Boston to New Orleans, but get off at Washington DC, I don't see why you couldn't get another ticket from DC to New Orleans (and get off again?). But I'm not sure - which I s'pose doesn't answer your question.
I'll go now...
1. Tickets are point-to-point. You can't hop off, and then hop back on. If you want to travel from A to C, stopping at B along the way for a few days, you'd need to get a ticket from A-B, and then another ticket for a few days later from B-C.
2. depends on the pass you get. You would need to get a North America Pass to travel to Montreal. Might not be worth the extra expense.
Thanks, People. I intend to take the train from Halifax NS to Montreal then Montreal to NYC, so I think the pass will be worth getting. I suppose that if I get a ticket from A to C, like the look of B, I can just get off anyway. Unless I have paid extra for a sleeper, who cares? I am assuming that the pass means free tickets anyway for a seat. I want to travel from NYC to Seattle WA and then to Los Angles but in stages.