Amtrak sleeper as a single traveller
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jun 27, 2013 12:43 AM Last Post By: marielene
Jun 25, 2013 2:29 PM
Amtrak sleeper as a single travellerI would really like to take the train from Washington DC to San Francisco and I've already done some research into the Amtrak routes. Doing the whole trip in one go with half a day layover in Chicago would be the best option for me. But as far as I understand, I cannot book a bed in sleeper separately but I would have to book the whole room and pay the full price - which is crazy expensive.
Does anyone have experience with the Amtrak trip as a single traveller and if you can somehow book just a single bed in a shared room in case others have a free space to share the costs? If yes, would this be just before departure or is there another way I can be sure to have a bed? I'm a little hesitant to book a 3 - night trip without knowing in advance if I will be able to sleep or not...
I've been travelling by train in many countries but it's the first time that I cannot book a sleeper as a single traveller and it seems very strange to me.
Thanks a lot for your help!
Jun 25, 2013 3:13 PM
Jun 26, 2013 7:53 AM
2Thanks, I already did. Amtrak gave the same reply: you always have to pay for the whole room, even if you get an upgrade right before departure it will only let you upgrade to a room which is free and not to fill up spare beds.
So maybe I should try a different strategy: how could I find someone who wants to do a similar trip and would be willing to share a room?? Is there a forum to exchange/combine tickets or something along those lines?
Jun 26, 2013 11:16 AM
3I don't think there is sufficient demand for such a forum or web site. Long distance train travel isn't really thought of as transportation. People going by train are usually those who like trains or who want to sit & watch the scenery while traveling. The train is sometimes more expensive than flying, and is less convenient than driving.
Most people who get rooms are looking for privacy, not just a place to lay their heads, and are willing to pay for it. Most rooms sleep only 2 people. They are sitting rooms that an attendant makes into sleeping quarters at night, so you'd have to coordinate with a roommate on the schedule for that. In many rooms, the toilet is just there in the open, not screened from view. Some have no toilets--there are shared toilets. There are shared showers for the small roomettes. Meals are included.
I looked at some railroad travel forums and found a few suggestions. One was to try Craigslist. Another was to book the room and then, once on board, try to find another passenger to share. A third was to wait until you board the train, find that person, and then see if you can upgrade to a roomette.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Jun 27, 2013 12:43 AM
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