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Old 12-28-2011, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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We have no ticket office in Southern Pines NC but I take my computer generated receipt and put it in the automated ticket kiosk and out comes my ticket. I don't know how long they have been issuing tickets this way but I can't imagine that ticket kiosk are not available at your local Amtrak station.

Look here and check for yourself.
Amtrak - Reservations - Fare Finder
They are available at all stations, that is their preferred way
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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We have no ticket office in Southern Pines NC but I take my computer generated receipt and put it in the automated ticket kiosk and out comes my ticket. I don't know how long they have been issuing tickets this way but I can't imagine that ticket kiosk are not available at your local Amtrak station.

Look here and check for yourself.
Amtrak - Reservations - Fare Finder
OK, I just did. Cut/paste data for my nearest station, which is San Marcos, Texas:

No Enclosed Waiting Area
No ATM
No Ticket Office
No Lounge
No Elevator
No Quik-Trak kiosk
No Payphone
No Wi-Fi

When my wife uses Amtrak, she goes to Lapeer, Michigan. Same thing:

Enclosed Waiting Area
Restrooms
No ATM
No Ticket Office
No Lounge
No Elevator
No Quik-Trak kiosk
No Payphone
No Wi-Fi
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:21 PM
 
Location: NC
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I love Amtrak and hope to do a cross country trip in the near future. God bless.
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Their ticketing system, though, is stone age. Unless you can walk into Amtrack ticket office, getting a ticket is a lot like getting a visa to North Korea. No online or electronic ticketing, you have to be a in place where you can take physical delivery of a paper ticket before travel, which is nearly impossible if you're away from home wanting to return on the train, or you're situated far from an Amtrak station with an agent (most stops do not have an agent). Travel agents can do it, but charge a pound of flesh. Otherwise, you need to have the ticket sent to your by courier, and be able to personally sign for it when it arrives. They will sent it by regular mail if you book far enough in advance. If you're a member of AAA, they'll issue a ticket for about $20.
This isn't necessarily true. The last time I took the train I checked ticket prices through Amtrak when we first started planning the trip. After we firmed up our plans I checked with Amtrak again and the price had gone up. So I called the local travel agent and their price was lower than the price I originally got from Amtrak.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Commonwealth Of Virginia
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I rode Amtrak cross country in 2006,from Lynchburg,Va to Seattle,Wa.
Then flew to AK, for 2 weeks,flew back to Seattle, went down the West Coast.

The trains were never late until we got into California. Then from Los Angeles,on eastward through Az,NM,Colorado, back to Chicago,then DC and then back to home.

I loved it, however I splurged and went first class, with a sleepette. I had no complaints with the whole trip, until I was delayed in Ca, missed connections, ended up staying in Flagstaff,AZ 3 extra days (which I enjoyed greatly).

Avoid California, the Empire Builder going through the Hi Line is worth the cost of the trip, very nice, I wish I could retrace my trip again.

Of course avoiding going through California.

You could also lay over in some places / cities you wanted to see, then reboard.
However do not ride coach trying to do that, anything over 18 hours in coach is misery.
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