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Old 08-03-2010, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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What would be the benefit of taking Amtrak's Acela train over their regular service from DC to Boston? The regular service for 2 adults and a child is about $170 each way and is 7 hrs/40 min. The Acela train costs over $450 each way and from what we can tell gets there about an hour and 10min quicker at 6 hours/30min. The difference in time doesn't seem worth the price.

We've only taken Amtrak once before (not this route) and it was painfully slow. Does the Acela stay on schedule more so than the regular service train?
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:59 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Amtrak North of DC to Boston is very fast mostly ontime. The Acela is for single and business travelers. Amtrak Regional is for everyone else. Regional also has discounts but you have to book 14 days in advance because these trains are always sold out. Regional is slower , but there is a train every 20-30 mins. Acela is every 45-1 , Acela's have wifi , large hotel style bathrooms. There are 2 class's , Business and First. Regional has Coach and Business. DC to Boston is 136$ one way for 2 adults and idk how old ur child is. They don't charge for under 2.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Amtrak North of DC to Boston is very fast mostly ontime. The Acela is for single and business travelers. Amtrak Regional is for everyone else. Regional also has discounts but you have to book 14 days in advance because these trains are always sold out. Regional is slower , but there is a train every 20-30 mins. Acela is every 45-1 , Acela's have wifi , large hotel style bathrooms. There are 2 class's , Business and First. Regional has Coach and Business. DC to Boston is 136$ one way for 2 adults and idk how old ur child is. They don't charge for under 2.
Thanks. Our child is 10. The price you give is the price we were coming up with (plus the child's fare). I'm figuring the difference between coach and business wouldn't be worth upgrading to business for us. Any thoughts on that?
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:41 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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The price i gave you was without the child. Its 170$ with a Child still very cheap for traveling that far. Business class for 3 is 305$. You get a table and of course more space. The quickest trip is 7.51 hrs , the longest is 10.5 hrs. Looking out the window will kill alot of time. Bring snacks and drinks for your child the food at the cafe isn't all that good.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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The price i gave you was without the child. Its 170$ with a Child
Right, that's how I understood it.
Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:59 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Your Welcome enjoy your trip , just a small tip sit on the left side of the train for the best views of Wilmington ,Newark , NYC , Stamford , New Haven and a few towns.
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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Your Welcome enjoy your trip , just a small tip sit on the left side of the train for the best views of Wilmington ,Newark , NYC , Stamford , New Haven and a few towns.
North of New Haven and up to Providence, the right side of the train will give good views of the sea.

On a recent trip from Newark airport to Boston and back, we took the Acela to Boston and the regional back from Boston. Overall, I found the Acela to be a smoother and quieter ride but the train was more crowded than the regional. We paid the extra for Business class on the regional and found it to be a pleasant and uncrowded ride.
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:58 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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North of New Haven and up to Providence, the right side of the train will give good views of the sea.

On a recent trip from Newark airport to Boston and back, we took the Acela to Boston and the regional back from Boston. Overall, I found the Acela to be a smoother and quieter ride but the train was more crowded than the regional. We paid the extra for Business class on the regional and found it to be a pleasant and uncrowded ride.
The Acela was more crowded then Regional? Really? Thats odd usually its opposite....
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