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Old 04-25-2009, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Forget about a sleeper. For two passengers round trip, they will charge you $500 estra ($1,100 total) for a roomette and $1,300 extra ($1,900 total) for a double sleeper. The passenger compartments are never crowded on the long distance portions (although they may be for an hour or two near cities), and the seats are a lot roomier than bus or airline seats. You'll e able to sleep in your seat,, and wander around looking for a more comfy one. The train is quite literally the most expensive place to rent a bed bewteen Boston and Oklahoma, except maybe one or two luxury hotels in New York.
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Old 04-26-2009, 12:07 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Regarding expense, it seems to be determined by circumstance. For my trip, I was booking sort of last minute (about 3 days before the trip). The most reasonable flights I could get cost ~$450 per person, one way (or ~$1,800 round trip for 2 of us). The train cost us a little under $300, 2 people, round trip.

As he mentioned, BCJohnny's experience was far different. In his experience, flying was cheaper than training.

Looks as if you'd need to factor in a number of considerations to determine which is less expensive. Just thought I'd throw that in for consideration.
Just want to point out that this was not my own "experience"... I priced out a trip similar to the one the OP described - a trip from Oklahoma to Boston - both by train and by plane.

It's not an issue of experience, the fact was that the costs were much lower by flying and that's not even considering the fact that flying doesn't take away time from the trip but going by rail takes away 2-3 days from the trip, each way.

I can't see doing the trip the OP wants to do by train, unless she really wants to see a lot of scenery - 48+ hours worth - over 2-3 days on the way there (and back, if she's doing r/t).

And I notice that not a person yet has vouched for the scenery being decent, let alone impressive, when traveling through the upper midwest and the northeast. I'd imagine it's not. The only people who have given raves about the scenery were people who traveled the West and Southwest, which is of course more scenic.
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Old 04-26-2009, 12:11 AM
 
Location: southern california
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very very slow with many connections.
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:59 AM
 
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Forget about a sleeper. For two passengers round trip, they will charge you $500 estra ($1,100 total) for a roomette and $1,300 extra ($1,900 total) for a double sleeper. The passenger compartments are never crowded on the long distance portions (although they may be for an hour or two near cities), and the seats are a lot roomier than bus or airline seats. You'll e able to sleep in your seat,, and wander around looking for a more comfy one. The train is quite literally the most expensive place to rent a bed bewteen Boston and Oklahoma, except maybe one or two luxury hotels in New York.
The OP has an anxiety disorder, and the expense would probably be worth it to her. It would be worth it to me because I very much value my privacy, and if nothing else having a clean private toilet is priceless!
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:20 AM
 
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thanks everyone for your input i really adpritiate it and now i think i will fly i couldnt handle such long layover/connections or what ever you call it i cant drive or anything so i would be sitting there for that long bored and probly scared lol thank you all so much for your help i really appreitiate it i cant belive you have to wait so long on connection!!!! thats just crazy and i need somthing cheap!!!! i only need one way and my moms bying me a ticket to come back so thanks again everyone for your help!!!
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Here... for now
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Glad we could be of some help sorting it all out, Butterfly! Armed with this knowledge, I know you'll be just fine, even taking the SA into consideration.

Please post back once you've arrived in MA! I'd be curious to hear your thoughts!
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:54 PM
 
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amtrak is ok but they dont let u sit next to the window. every train ive riddeni on theve paired me up with some one and i couldnt sit next to a window. i love4 to look outside and the my first time on the train they hade me sit with someone so i coulnt see outside. at least on greyhound u can sit next to a window if u wish. they dont assingn seats like amtrak does.
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Old 04-27-2009, 08:07 AM
 
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Glad we could be of some help sorting it all out, Butterfly! Armed with this knowledge, I know you'll be just fine, even taking the SA into consideration.

Please post back once you've arrived in MA! I'd be curious to hear your thoughts!

thanks idefnetly will!!!
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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amtrak is ok but they dont let u sit next to the window. every train ive riddeni on theve paired me up with some one and i couldnt sit next to a window. i love4 to look outside and the my first time on the train they hade me sit with someone so i coulnt see outside. at least on greyhound u can sit next to a window if u wish. they dont assingn seats like amtrak does.
You have to ask for a window seat and you will get one. Another thing is that nobody in their right mind would take the train if they are concerned about cost or travel time. Train riding is about the experience and the nostalgic sense of traveling by a older, lower tech mode of travel. There always seems to be some guy in a turban going from car to car and seat to seat chatting folks up ! The Bar Car food is crap, reserve a table in the official dining car, that's where the good food is and do this when you buy your tickets way in advance. Please do yourself a favor and don't try to sleep in a coach seat, you will not get any sleep and if your going to do that you may as well take a bus. Many folks make a vacation of just riding the train. Get the sleeper compartment for sleeping and privacy and sight-see in the observation car.
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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How would ya'll rate Amtrak for short round trips? I plan on taking one from outside Washington DC to Newport News, VA for a small vacation. It should last for around 4 hours. The tickets should be around $140 for round-trip business class.
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