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Amtrak Superliner Trains

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Overview

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Amtrak Superliner services operate on long-distance routes cross the USA. These two-floor services offer various types of accommodation, along with various onboard dining options.

Overnight Superliner services can be very enjoyable. The comfortable accommodation on offer allows you to arrive at your destination refreshed and ready for the day ahead. 

Accommodation

Onboard, there are a range of sleeping options, including: Reserved Seats, Superliner Seat, Roomette, Bedroom, Bedroom Suite, Family Bedroom and Accessible Bedroom.

Reserved & Superliner Seats:

Reserved seats are the cheapest accommodation option onboard overnight Amtrak services. They offer big, reclining seats with footrests, a huge amount of legroom, foldable trays and individual reading lights. A limited number of seats have electrical sockets.

Seating carriages tend to be considerably noiser than private cabins, just because there are more people sharing the room with you. If you are a light sleeper, we suggest you opt for a cabin. Superliner trains also have an additional level of seating downstairs, in the Superliner Coach Seat section.

Find out more about Reserved Seats.

Roomettes:

Roomettes are small cabins, for one or two passengers. During the day, the room is set up with two reclining seats facing each other across a small table in front of a window. At night, these seats are converted (by train staff) into a bed, with another bed folded down from the celing. Roomettes include electrical sockets, climate control, reading lights, fresh towels/linen, toiletries, water and newspapers.

Roomette passengers get all their meals (in the dining car) included with their train fare. Toilets, showers and sinks are shared with other passengers within the same carriage. 

Find out more about Amtrak Roomettes.

Superliner Bedroom:

The Superliner Bedroom is a slightly larger bedroom, suitable (at a pinch) for 3 passengers, and comfortable for 2 (with a couple of suitcases). During the day, each cabin has a large sofa, which is converted at night into either a single or double bed. The third bed is lowered from the ceiling. Each room has electical sockets, climate control, reading lights, clothes rack, fold-down table, fresh towels/linen, toiletries, water and newspapers.

Superliner Bedroom passengers have all their meals (in the dining car included with their train fare. Superliner bedrooms hae their own private bathrooms, which include a toilet, sink and shower.

Find out more about Amtrak Superliner Bedrooms.

Superliner Bedroom Suite:

If you are travelling as a group (between 4 and 6 adults), the Superliner Bedroom Suite may be your best choice. Each suite is made up of two Superliner Bedrooms, combined, with two private toilets and showers. 

During the day, the suite has two large sofas, which are converted at night into either single or double beds. The third and fourth beds are lowered from the ceiling. Each room has electical sockets, climate control, reading lights, clothes rack, fold-down table, fresh towels/linen, toiletries, water and newspapers.

Superliner Suite passengers have all their meals (in the dining car included with their train fare.

Find out more about Amtrak Superliner Suites.

Luggage & Facilities

Luggage

Passengers are permitted to travel with up to three items of checked-in baggage, and up to two items of carry-on baggage. Check-in items must be registered at least 30 minutes before the train's scheduled departure. Upon arrival, checked-in luggage will generally be available within 30 minutes, although this process can take up to 60 minutes. Carry-on items exclude handbags, laptops, briefcases etc. All hand luggage must be tagged with the passenger's name and address. 

Bicycles

Some trains have bike racks to take fully assembled bicycles. As these spaces are limited, advanced reservation is suggested. The routes operating the Bicycle Service include:

  • Cascades;
  • Capitol Corridor;
  • San Joaquin;
  • Pacific Surfliner (excluding trains 798/799);
  • Downstate Illinois Service;
  • Missouri River Runner;
  • Downeaster; and
  • Piedmont.

Those that do not have dedicated spaces may offer to take your bicycle as checked-in baggage (subject to an additional $5 charge). Checked-in bikes must be at the station at least one hour before departure, and must be transported in suitable bike boxes. These can be bought at the station if required ($15) per box. Checked-in bicycles will usually be required to be disassembled.

Folding bicycles may be taken on-board as hand luggage, although only one folding bicycle per person will be allowed. Folded bicycles should be stored in the luggage storage areas at the end of the car (lower level).

Food & Drink

Most Superliner services operate a full-service Dining Car, which serves hot meals prepared by chefs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are included for First Class passengers, passengers with sleeping accommodation, and all Auto Train passengers. Standard/Coach Class passengers may dine for an additional charge. Credit cards are accepted as a means of payment.

On long-distance trips, passengers are asked to make reservations for lunch and dinner services, which are made in 15 minute increments. An Amtrak steward will take your reservation after boarding the train. Lunch is served from 11.30am-3pm, whilst dinner is served between 5pm and 9pm.

If you would like a more informal dining expierence, food service is available in the Lounge Car. The food on offer is more basic; sandwiches, pizzas, snacks etc, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. As the Lounge Car is found on the upper level, people using wheelchairs may request to be moved to the upper deck at an appropriate station stop.

Passengers are permitted to bring their own food and drink onboard the train with them for consumption at their seats or in their sleeping accommodation. Food and drink may also be consumed in the upper level of Superliner Sightseer Lounges. Alcohol may not be consumed in public areas of the train.

Internet Access / WiFi

Selected services offer WiFi access onboard, although the service does not support high-bandwidth actions. The routes covered include:

  • Acela Express;
  • Amtrak Cascades;
  • Capitol Corridor;
  • Carolinian;
  • Downeaster;
  • Empire Service;
  • Ethan Allen Express;
  • Keystone;
  • New Haven - Springfield Shuttle;
  • Northeast Regional;
  • Pacific Surfliner;
  • San Joaquin; and
  • Vermonter.

Further information about the Amtrak on-board experience can be found here.

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