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The perfect train trip across the USA just for about $200.
” The United States is home to some of the most beautiful landmarks in the world and most people don’t even know it, or they never get to see it. But for just $213 dollars travelers can take a scenic trip on the Amtrak. The trip goes coast-to-coast starting in San Francisco and ending in New York.”
In short, The USA Rail Pass is the cheapest, convenient and the most affordable way to travel to 500 destinations in the United States in the Amtrak system by train.
How does it work?
First you have to select a Pass. There are three types of Passes with different days amount to travel the entire US.
Cheapest is 15 Days with 8 segments for about $460 for adult and $230 for a child (child 2-12 years old).
Next is 30 Days (12 segments) $690/$350.
The third one is 45 Days/18 segments/$900/$450.
You can pick up your selected Rail Passes almost in every Amtrak office around the US.
Note that the USA Rail Pass could not be used for commuter trains.
How to purchase this train tickets USA?
1.Online on Amtrak website;
2. At your local travel agency who have access to Amtrak passes.
Note. Not available for purchase in trains.
Important to know that you have to make a reservation for each train you board and pick up a ticket before jump into the train.
One more note is that prices are a subject to change until reservation is made.
If you have purchased USA Rail Pass online, it must be exchanged for a paper pass within one year and complete your travel within 180 days.
As soon as your first travel segment is reserved you have to complete it during selected days on the pass. Duration begins on the first date of the trip. Not reservation date it was made.
You need to carry valid Passport or other ID card or drivers license to prove your identity shown on the USA Rail Pass.
What means a Travel Segment?
It’s mean that one segment is action when you get on a vehicle after get off. A vehicle could be a train, bus, ferry or other. A segment length is not restricted.
For example, you travel from city A to city B and no direct train connection you have to change two trains and one bus. You would use three numbers of permitted segments.
You could upgrade your Coach class seats to Sleeping Car or business class for an extra charge.
Children Pass prices are for 50 % discount and under two years for free for one adult pass.
Note for some restrictions. The USA Rail Pass is not valid for;
1. Auto train;
2. Thruway bus connection (7000-7999) series;
3. Acela Express;
4. The Canadian portion jointly by VIA Rail Canada and Amtrak.
Travel is restricted to four one-way trips between two cities.
Generally speaking, sounds great but in fact, it depends on how flexible you are in terms of traveling.
Honestly, I like to be independent, and The USA Rail Pass rules not always fit in my habits.
It could be a money saving action when you surely know that in designated date have to travel to meet your friends in Wichita e.g.
If you want to enjoy traveling around America and not be in stress to miss a train or search a spot to pick up a ticket, this is not the best way.
To travel cheaper than last minute offers are available almost at every destination. But definitely, The USA Rail Pass system works and could be very convenient.
Have a Great Trip!
Train!? Why traveling by train is smart choice? Just check online for train tickets USA or even train tickets Europe. There are great choice of cheap train tickets. Train ticket prices depends of comfort level You want during great train travel.
There are many reasons why people travel, whether for business or pleasure, and there are many ways to go. You can fly to your destinations, getting there in record time, but you miss out on any interesting things along the way. It really doesn’t matter if your pilot comes over the loud speaker now and again pointing out that you are now going over some landmark, like the Grand Canyon for example, because at 30,000 feet, it just looks like a big scar on the landscape, and you might as well be seeing it from space.
Many people travel by car on vacations, trying to get to some far off attraction like a resort amusement park with the kids, but this presents many difficulties. Even if the trip isn’t that long, you have to deal with the kids the whole way, and you can only do so many activities cooped up in the car. Another major problem with driving is even if you are going through some grand National Forest, or passing great scenery along the way, does the driver ever get to really see any of it? Of course not, they are too busy navigating, dealing with dumb drivers, and by the time they arrive at the destination, all the driver wants to do is crash and burn. What’s the fun in that?
Why not travel in style, see sights that you would never see driving or flying, and have some real fun along the way?
You can do this simply by taking a train ride, as a unique alternative. There are many trips that are offered by going with train tickets USA, and if you plan your trip ahead of time, it is relatively the same price as a plane ticket, and much more economical than trying to drive, especially if you consider gas prices.
Imagine traveling to your destination, or even traveling just for the sake of traveling on some of our nation’s railways. Trains can go where no roads can go, and take you to places you never dreamed were in America. It isn’t hard to get tickets to any destination you want, and there are so many different packages and train tours that you wouldn’t even imagine, not just in the USA, but also around Canada as well. You can even get the same kind of packages that Eurorail passes in Europe offer, paying for a tickets along a certain route, and being able to get on and off whenever and wherever you like.
There are many different reasons why taking a train is far better than any other kind of travel.
One is that you don’t have to drive there yourself, so everyone gets a chance to look out the window and enjoy the scenery. It is faster than taking a car, and far more pleasurable than a plane. In many cases, you don’t have to wait in long lines, because in this busy day and age, many forget just how cool a train can be. There are many accommodations on trains from private bunk cars, restaurant cars, and some even have special cars with clear ceilings for panoramic viewings.