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How to Make the Most Out of your Train Travel

Updated on February 11, 2010
Advantages of train travel, clarita,
Advantages of train travel, clarita,

Train travel is a means of transportation that is still capable of providing emotions, comfort and breath taking scenery to its fortunate commuters. Whether your journey is  along the Pacific coast, up the Rockies or across the Great Plains you will surely have ample opportunities to relax and enjoy your fascinating journey. The secret to a comfortable and enjoying train trip therefore mainly relies on careful planning and making the most out of your trip.

Tips for a Comfortable and Enjoyable Train Trip

Among the many advantages of train travel lies the fact that unlike traveling by air or ship, train travel is smooth and not subject to turbulence, rough seas or bumps. Indeed, train travel can be quite comfortable and safe, allowing lots of leg room and an opportunity to nap on a comfortable seat. Best of all, train travel is generally not subject to delays due to adverse weather and will not cause jet lag to its passengers. Following are tips to make the best out of your train trip.

• Knowledge is Power

Learn as much as you can about your trip so to take advantage of the amenities and avoid surprises. How much luggage is allowed? What is the maximum weight? Are there meals on board? Are there any particularly scenic areas you will pass? Are there discounts for advance booking? Is first class worth it? How long is the trip?

Choose Sleeper Cars

If you aim to sleep soundly and arrive at your destination well relaxed and comfortable, then a sleeping car or sleeper is for you. Sleepers are railroad passenger cars equipped with beds in order to grant a restful night to its passengers. Some luxury sleepers offer rooms for families equipped with beds, sink and toilet. Bring along your favorite blanket and your children's stuffed animals. Extra charges apply.

Go First Class

Just as air travel, rail travel offers the opportunity to go first class. If you can afford it take advantage of this amenity for a trip like no other. First class on Amtrak's Acela Express trains offer for instance meal and beverages services, ample leg room, A/C outlets, spacious seating with movable arm rests and foot rests, attendant services and more.

Charge Your Cell Phone

Unlike air travel, train travel allows its passengers to use their cell phones as much as they please. Commuters therefore may enjoy a chat with family and friends when bored and business people may provide updates on their arrival times. Just ensure your cell phone is fully charged before departure.

Bring Your Camera

Train travel offers great chances for its passengers to enjoy scenic views that often could not be appreciated with other means of transportation. The Rocky Mountaineer train for instance, offers its passengers commentary and wide windows so to make the best out of its relishing scenic spots. These are great opportunities to immortal such natural beauty by taking as many pictures as possible. Once home, these pictures will be a great testimony of one of your most amazing trips.

Kill Time

One of the biggest disadvantages of train travel is that it can be lengthy depending on your destination. In order to kill time, make sure to bring along plenty of cross word puzzles, Sodoku or handheld video games. For those who love reading, train travel can offer a great opportunity to read that great best seller book you have never had time to finish,

Walk Around

Trains offer as well the opportunity for commuters to walk around. If you want to get some fresh air you may also walk to the vestibules. If you are with children, they may get to enjoy exploring the train and its whereabouts. Walking up the train and back may offer a good chance to stretch legs.

Train travel allows its passengers to sleep, relax, work, talk, play or enjoy the beautiful scenery that swiftly slips by. Everybody should leave behind the hustle and bustle of the airports behind and for once, give rail travel a try sometimes. It will help passengers relax, put their legs up and discover the beauty of the world at a slower paced rhythm.


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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      I just started taking the train into Boston for work. It works out great because I live right next to a station so I can just walk there. The trains have been very dependable. I can typically give myself just a few minutes to get there. It also has free wifi but, I don't have anything to use it with so I just read a book. My only issue is that on non peak hours the trains can be an hour apart so if you miss one it is terrible. Some day I would love to travel on one on a much longer trip. Then it might even have a dining car to enjoy like in a lot of the old movies. A few years ago we took the kids to North Conway and went on the Polar Express ride. It was awesome! They sang songs and served candy and hot chocolate. The kids got a bell and went to hear Santa read the book.

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      Darlene Sabella 8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Great hub, very informative and orgainzed, I really enjoyed reading you hub and learned a great deal, great job.