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These people could care less whether this was a good journey on not! I'm diabetic and twice tried to get into the dining car and was told that (even though I had a reservation) they were too busy to serve me. The rules about not...More
Was something different...really wish they hadn't removed the parlor car...wanted a bit more together time to play cards but couldn't do that and the group was somewhat disjointed....Good choices were good and I actually had the best steak compared to others eaten elsewhere on my...More
Last week we travelled from Seattle to Sacramento in one of the Coast Starlight’s sleeping car bedrooms. For the daytime portion of the trip, it was wonderful. The train was on time at every stop, all members of the train crew were friendly and helpful,...More
We took the train from Orange County to Santa Barbara round trip last week and it was so much nicer than driving! The cost was not cheap but it was well worth the expense. The seats were comfortable and the ride was very nice. Lots...More
We traveled from San Jose to Seattle in a Family Sleep Car. We loved the experience, the sights, the sleep car, the food and the service. The sights during the day are breathtaking. The food was good as well with many options for our family...More
I love train travel, and the Coast Starlight between Seattle and Los Angeles is one of the world’s most beautiful routes. It’s a pity that the sleeper accommodations, despite the price, are rather archaic, tired and in need of modernization. We had a double bedroom...More
Decided to take the train from Santa Barbara to Oakland with a final destination of San Francisco. The train was 8 hours late. The Amtrak staff at the station had no clue and we not helpful. They kept saying it's an hour late. After a...More
I thought it would be fun, scenic and interesting to take the train from Sacramento to LA and it was all of that. Starting at the station in Sacramento, the Amtrak employees were very helpful in guiding me through the unfamiliar process of train travel....More
My mom and I took the train from SLO to SEA. The train ride was smooth and bumpy at times. It didn’t feel long because there’s so much to see. The service is very nice. I recommend getting the business class because it is quiet...More
Response from geraldh463 | Reviewed this property |
If you are interested in privacy, I would recommend using a sleeper compartment. I'm not sure about the price difference but I know the sleeping arrangement would be well worth it both during the trip and being well rested... More
If you are interested in privacy, I would recommend using a sleeper compartment. I'm not sure about the price difference but I know the sleeping arrangement would be well worth it both during the trip and being well rested upon your arrival.
Response from RonH43026 | Reviewed this property |
No, the Starlight is not what most would consider a "hop on hop off" service. You would have to plan ahead on what cities you wanted to get off at and what days you would want to re-board and then make your reservations... More
No, the Starlight is not what most would consider a "hop on hop off" service. You would have to plan ahead on what cities you wanted to get off at and what days you would want to re-board and then make your reservations accordingly. What way to do this depends on how many stopovers you want to make. You could buy a bunch of individual tickets between each two cites, but I would think that would be very expensive. You could purchase multi-city tickets, but you are limited online to only four stopovers which includes your final destination in LA, so you could only visit 3 cities along the way. (You may be able to order more stopovers on the phone, I don't know). The other option would be to purchase a 15-Day Rail Pass. This allows you 8 trip segments over a 15-day continuous period. One segment is defined as a trip between two cities with a stop over. So in effect you could visit 7 cities along the way with your 8th segment being the segment to LA. However you do have to plan ahead, purchase your rail pass, and then make reservations for each segment. Being overseas appears to complicate this, but if you check their webpage, it explains how to do so. On the their main webpage, go to "Deals", then go to "Multi-Ride & Rail Passes", then go to the "15-Day Rail Pass". Be sure to read the terms and conditions and how to make segment reservations via email or international phone call after you purchase your rail pass. It can't be done online from overseas. For comparison, for the multi-city tickets, go to the main page, and go under the "Book Now" tab. You can enter all the information (cities and dates of travel) of the four segments allowed, and get the price. Don't worry, you don't really book anything or actually pay until the final step, so you can play around with the schedule dates and cities with no commitment and check out the pricing. So to answer your question, Yes it is possible, just not easy. Also you may want to check out the schedule and see what times you arrive in the cities you want to visit. Remember this train travels 24 hours a day with very few stops along the way that last more than 15 minutes and some are in the middle of the night (southern Oregon and northern California). Also for what you are wanting to do, you'll likely have to carryon your luggage and not check it as some cites do not have luggage service. Good Luck.
We took Amtrak from Erie to Seattle, then after a Alaskan Cruise; took the Coastal Starlight from Seattle to Sacramento then on the Zephyr to Chicago and back to Erie . It was an amazing time for us. If you only have 10... More
We took Amtrak from Erie to Seattle, then after a Alaskan Cruise; took the Coastal Starlight from Seattle to Sacramento then on the Zephyr to Chicago and back to Erie . It was an amazing time for us. If you only have 10 days I recommend flying to either of the 2 locations and then go either south or north. I recommend getting a sleeper car room for the trip. I went through Amtrak Vacations and they arranged our stops and hotels for us. My AAA agent always works with Amtrak Vacations for our needs.