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1. Posted by amrz (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Everybody...
I'm thinking of doing a little train trip in the US because I've seen that there is a Rail pass for the whole country available. My question is: Has anybody done this... what was it like ? Are the trains ok?
I'd like to take the one fpr 15 days and it costs like 390 dollar. I heard there are student discounts or something like that but i haven't seen it on the Amtrak site.. dies anybody know something about that ?
Any expirience and tip is welcome :)

2. Posted by BryanG (Full Member 19 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have not done this, but except for between Boston - New York - Philadephia - Washington, trains in the US are aweful. Slow, uncomfortable, unreliable. Nothing like you would fine in Europe or Japan.

If you can rent a car - not cheap - this is the best way to see America and gives you the most flexibility to head off and explore, visit natural sites, etc.

If you are interested in going from city to city, consider flying Southwest Airlines. Very cheap, like Ryanair - especially if you book in advance. You won't find Southwest flights on Expedia or Kayak, so you have to go right to the site.

Good luck, and have a wonderful trip!


3. Posted by way2goeh (Full Member 159 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

trains near or along west coast run once a day (like Seattle- San Fran). Not sure about LA to SD but in general, think one train a day in the west.

4. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 286 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The Amtrak international student discount program information is here:

If you don't want to purchase the rail pass, you may want to book a few train trips a la carte using the discount. (Remember the reservation must be made at least 3 days in advance.)

5. Posted by TravlScott (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Just like 'Ham Radio' said Amtrak offers various ways to book your trip. They have passes that give you a certain amount of rides in segments in a given period of time. So if you want to travel from one city to another but you want to make a stop somewhere in between then the rail pass lets you do that without having to pay every time you get back onto the train. It’s kind of like bundling you tickets if you’re going to multiple places (link to more info: -snip-.
I haven’t used trains on the east coast, but I know that out west, mainly in California, train travel is reliable and economical. It’s a nice way to slow down and enjoy your tour of the coast. Check out Amtrak California’s twitter page for deals and trip ideas. Right now they have a link to coupons for dinning/shopping in Santa Barbara: -snip-
Hope this helps and have a great trip!

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]