Though traveling by train has long been popular in Europe, it is only in the last several decades that it has gained popularity in the United States. Travelers in the U.S. are have begun to realize the multitude of benefits that come with traveling by train. Here are a few reasons that we like riding the rails to get us to our vacation destinations.
1. Lower cost
By in large, it is cheaper for a family to travel by train to get from point A to point B than it is to travel by airplane. This is especially true if you and your family are traveling a short distance, but also applies to cross country trips as well. Though the train ride is longer than a flight, the potential cost savings can make it well worth the trip. In addition, Amtrak is a bit more generous with discounting prices when it comes to children, seniors, and students. There are programs available that offer those within designated age groups to receive a variety of discounts. In addition, students can get even steeper cuts if they apply for the student discount card.
In recent years Amtrak has become a bit stricter with their exchange and cancellation policies. That being said, they are still far more flexible than most of the major airlines. In addition, travelers are not penalized for last minute bookings.
3. More Baggage with fewer fees
Amtrak allows each traveler two carry-on items up to 50 pounds each and up to four checked bags at that weight as well. The first two checked bags are free, with a $20 charge each for bag 3 and 4. This essentially means that each person in your party can bring up to 200 pounds of luggage without experiencing an additional cost to the bottom line.
By in large the seats in a train are bigger and roomier than those that you will find on an airplane. This means that even if you have a seat partner or someone seated in front of you who likes to recline his seat, you will still have a comfortable space from which to enjoy your journey.
Traveling by train offers guests the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the U.S. countryside. From wildflowers and mountainscapes to ocean fronts and industrialized cities, the train routes of Amtrak allow you to experience a slice of Americana from the comfort of your train car.