Explore the USA by Train - Download our New Guide!
We have just released our latest downloadable rail guide – this time we are visiting 'The Land of Opportunity' – the USA! In our free eBook you will find handy maps, 3 of the top American travel routes to take by train, tips about the different seated classes and point to point fares, and useful information about the USA Rail Pass.
If you are planning to embark on an American adventure in the near future our USA rail guide is a must-read. Here is a little snapshot of what to expect in our 'Explore the USA by Train' guide.
3 Amazing American Train Travel Routes
New York – Washington
One of the fastest and easiest ways to travel from the Big Apple to the epicentre of U.S. politics is a journey onboard the high-speed rail hero, the Acela Express. With less stops and only Business or First Class cars you can make it to your destination in less time and enjoy superior comfort & amenities.
Intermediary stops include: Newark, Iselin, Trenton, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore. You'll find the full list on the timetable displayed on our website.
Seattle - Portland - Los Angeles.
Hailed by many as America’s most beautiful train ride, a trip aboard the Coast Starlight can transport you from Seattle through to Portland and connect up to Los Angeles. You’ll be rewarded with oodles of panoramic beauty – dazzling cityscapes, snow-capped mountain peaks and seemingly endless stretches of Pacific Ocean shoreline.
Intermediary stops between L.A. and San Francisco include: Van Nuys, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Salinas, San Jose and Oakland. You'll find the full list on the timetable displayed on our website.
Boston - Virginia
Northeast Regional trains make it a breeze to travel through the Northeast and beyond. Journey all the way from Boston to central Virginia or stop at one of the famous cities in between such as New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, or Washington D.C. – the choice is yours with the convenient and affordable rail services covering the Northeast Corridor.
Thanks to the convenient Quiet Car, where mobile phones are silent and chatter is kept to a minimum, you can sit back and relax as you enjoy riding the rails through some of North America’s most prominent cities and historically significant regions.
Intermediary stops between Boston and Virgina include: Providence, Springfield, Hartford, New Haven, New York, Washington D.C., Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Richmond, Newport News, and Norfolk. You'll find the full list on the timetables displayed on our website.
Seated Class Comparison
Coach (Economy) class is the most economic way to travel by train through the U.S. but that doesn't mean you have to forfeit onboard comfort. Coach passengers enjoy wide, reclining seats with ample leg room, a fold-down tray, own reading light, and handy electrical outlets.
Available on the Acela Express, Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner, Business Class promises additional space, complimentary beverages and access to digital entertainment.
First class is only available on the Acela Express and it is a truly unique USA rail experience. You'll be able to relax and enjoy the ride in in superior comfort and take advantage of the exclusive inclusions on offer.
USA Rail Pass vs Point to Point Tickets
When deciding whether a rail pass or point to point train tickets are the right option for your holiday, you need to consider how many days of train travel you require, your planned destinations and whether your trip involves a fixed or flexible itinerary. You should also take into account the time of year you are travelling.
If you are planning to take a single journey or have a pre-planned fixed U.S. itinerary, point-to-point train tickets are the usually best way to go. If you intend to take several long-distance or spontaneous trips around America, or value flexibility in your train travel itinerary, then there's a good chance that the USA rail pass is the best choice (especially for the East side of the United States).
You'll find plenty more expert advice on planning your rail journey around the States in our fabulous eBook. Download your free copy of the USA by Train guide now!