Lonely Planet Writer

Grab a friend and book a two-for-one deal on Amtrak's sleeper cars

If you’ve been longing to take a cozy train journey through the spectacular scenery and cities of the US, now is the perfect time as Amtrak announces a two-for-one deal for travellers.

The Coast Starlight travels along the California coastline – widely regarded as one of the most spectacular of all train routes in the country. Image by Amtrak

There’s nothing like cruising from Seattle to LA or New York to Orlando in the comfort and privacy of your own room, and now you can bring a friend along for free. The sale allows one traveller in a pair to ride for free in a roomette, which provides seating by day, and at night, the chairs convert into a bed with a drop-down bed directly above. The deal is available at Amtrak.com until Tuesday, 26 June and is valid for travel from 20 August to 15 February.

Cozy roomettes for two are now available for the price of one ticket. Image by Amtrak

The roomettes are designed for two passengers and come complete with their own bed linens, pillows, temperature controls, electrical outlets, lights and bed-side storage nooks. There are other benefits that come along with the experience, like meals that are included in the ticket price, fresh linen and towel service, free bottled water, and access to ClubAcela and Amtrak Metropolitan Lounges at certain stations. The rooms also come with enough room for small carry-on bags and a large suitcase, big windows, fold-down tables and more. There’s also a train attendant who can help with things like booking meal reservations, making the beds, assisting with luggage and more.

If train journeys are your favourite way to explore the country, it’s a good opportunity to save some money on the experience. The tickets are available on Amtrak trains that have sleeper cars around the country, including the California Zephyr, which takes travellers between Chicago and San Francisco with a journey through the Rocky Mountains, or the Coast Starlight, which journeys along the west coast from Seattle through forests and mountain routes to Los Angeles.