Amtrak offers sales on trains across the US, and you can actually bring your car

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Did you know there’s a way to get out of that dreaded holiday traffic jam by taking your car on the train with you? If you are one of those travelers who love to go on the road for thanksgiving or Christmas on the East Coast, it will be interesting for you, especially if you will be traveling between Washington and Florida.

a woman reads a book on the train

Amtrak recently announced attractive limited-time sale for travelers who want to skip I-95. National Rail Passenger Corporation is offering coach seats for customers starting at $29 plus the cost of the vehicle for nonstop service between Lorton, Virginia (near Washington, DC) and Sanford, Florida (near Orlando).

Guests can pack their cars and leave them in the carriages and then enjoy the ride in their comfortable seats. Amtrak is offering these fares through November 29:

  • Bus: $29 for one seat, $58 for two passengers.
  • Roomette: $229 for single occupancy, · $329 for two travelers.
  • Bedroom: $429 for single occupancy, $529 for two travelers.
An Amtrak train at the station

Travelers wishing to take advantage of this promotion should book soon for travel between November 30, 2022 and March 23, 2023. Blackout dates apply and the cost of the vehicle is also additional. We will tell you more about this interesting service and sales below.

About the Amtrak train

Amtrak is the only company in the United States that offers this road train service. “Simply pack your car with everything you need for the trip between Lorton, Virginia (near Washington, DC) and Sanford, Florida (near Orlando) and leave the driving,” the company said. official website.

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Passengers on an Amtrak train

The service isn’t just for cars; travelers can also get space for their vans, motorcycles, SUVs, small boats, jet skis, and other recreational vehicles. They are arranged in carriages before departure, and passengers take seats inside the train.

The train departs at 4:00 PM from each station and arrives at 9:00 AM the following day. Guests can relax, get separate rooms for a more comfortable sleep, and eat, drink and have a snack at the available cafe services.

The view from the train window

The bus service includes reclining seats with comfortable legroom and a large window to enjoy the view. All passengers receive a continental breakfast before arriving at their final stop.

There are also different types of private rooms, Amtrak offers family bedrooms for 2 adults and 2 children, bedrooms for 4 adults, Roomettes for one or two travelers, regular rooms and more. Some options include private toilets and showers.

Is it worth it?

A scenic Amtrak train ride through the mountains of Colorado, a journey across the United States

The Amtraks promotion is a significant discount. The lowest seat fare is usually $98, saving travelers $69 on the bus. Some travelers find this method of travel cheaper than driving and paying for gas for those 900 miles.

A 17-hour train ride sounds like a long time, but it’s only a few hours longer than a non-stop ride and less stressful. Passengers can sleep or enjoy personal entertainment on the road train while they travel the miles and reach their destination.

A happy couple talking from their sleeper while they enjoy their stay on an Amtrak sleeper train, train travel concept

Depending on the number of travelers, final destinations, and the alternatives available at the moment — such as low-cost flights — this may be the best option, especially for those who hate airports. But every traveler is different. Some may like the view and peace of mind, avoiding the TSA and traffic, while others may find the option too long, tiring, or anxious. It’s just a worthwhile alternative that many probably didn’t even know about.

traffic jam

In any case, rail services are becoming more and more popular in Europe, in Mexico —p Maya train— and now in the United States. this year, Amtrak has also resumed its routes to Canada and continues to improve and exciting sales to attract more travelers.

Seats in the Maya train car

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