Independent USA Rail Packages (Amtrak Vacations) : FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I begin or end at my local Amtrak station with any Amtrak Vacation package?

Yes, absolutely. You can being or end your vacation at any of the 500+ Amtrak stations.

Is sightseeing included in the Amtrak Vacations packages?

Yes, sightseeing is included on all our vacation packages. Details are listed within the vacation package page, on the Package Details and Itinerary tabs.

What are sleeper accommodations on the train like?

Amtrak trains travelling on long-distance routes typically use either two-level Superliner or one-level Viewliner trains. Both types of trains include bedrooms arranged in various configurations as well as private and public bathrooms and showers. Both Roomette and Bedroom's provide sleeping accommodations.

Roomette: A Roomette is designed for one or two passengers, with comfortable reclining seats on either side of a sweeping picture window. At night, the seats convert to a bed and an upper berth is lowered down from the ceiling. There are several sinks, toilets and showers shared between yourself and the other passengers booking Roomettes aboard the train.

Bedroom: A Bedroom is ideal for two passengers. The bedroom offers a private, self-enclosed toilet and shower in the cabin. Like the Roomette, the Bedroom offers comfortable reclining seats on either side of a panoramic picture window. At night, the seats convert to a bed, and an upper berth with it's own picture window folds out from the upper wall.

How much luggage can I bring?

In general, each passenger is allowed two (2) carry-on bags, each not to exceed 50 lbs. (23 kg), 28 x 22 x 14 inches (700 x 550 x 350 millimeters), free of charge.

Additionally, each passenger can check up to 4 bags - 2 free of charge and 2 for $20 per bag, each not to exceed 50 lbs. (23 kg), 75 linear inches (length + width + height) if the origin and destination stations offer checked baggage service.

Can I take a specific package that you offer in reverse order?

Yes! On most packages we can also offer a reverse version.

Can you accommodate special dietary needs?

We can provide special menu selections on most trains with 72-hour advance notice. We require 24-hour advance notice for Acela Express First Class service. You do not need to provide advance notice for vegetarian meals.

How long before the train departs should I be at the station?

The recommended arrival time for each station varies, but plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. If you need help with baggage, tickets or any other services, or if you are departing from a large or busy station, we recommend you arrive at the station even earlier.

When will I receive my travel documents?

After full payment has been received, travel documents will be sent to you approximately 21 days prior to your departure.