Riding Amtrak is not hard if you do a little research for your adventure. Planning an Amtrak adventure can lead to some questions, and I know this because I had several as I started. And this page is here to help you.

Amtrak's Hiawatha in Milwaukee, WI
Amtrak’s Hiawatha sitting at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station

After hundreds of Amtrak train trips covering thousands of miles, I went from asking questions to answering them for others. I decided, instead of hoarding that information, to share what I know with you.

My first Amtrak adventure took place in 2012, and back then, I used the Amtrak website and an online forum to get my questions answered.

The Amtrak’s website gave me some answers, but not all, so I used an Amtrak online forum to fill in the gaps. I found experience travelers had great tips.

While forums and Facebook groups are helpful, sadly, they also have trolls who spoiled things. A few trolls had me second-guessing a trip I was planning.

Luckily, I didn’t listen, and I found most trolls were people with unrealistic expectations or bitterness.

It would be best if you didn’t need to deal with trolls and negativity, so I decided to start Travels with Kev to help people like you. I hope you find this site honest and informative.

If you can’t find your topic, please reach out, and I will try to help! With over 160,000 miles on the rails and over 660 trains, I have experienced most things. 

Below are the topics I currently cover, and more are coming, so come back or sign up for my email list. Some of these articles come from questions asked by people like you.

Riding Amtrak During the pandemic

Amtrak Coffee
Coffee tastes better on the rails, which could be better than coffee and stunning views.

Helpful topics for planning an Amtrak adventure

Accommodations: Coach and Sleeping Cars

Amtrak sleeper
Amtrak Superliner Sleeping Car Branding.

For comprehensive information on Amtrak sleeping accommodations, start here.

  • Coach Class 
    • The article covers the basics of coach class basics for your next regional or long-distance train adventure.
  • Viewliner Roomette
    • The Amtrak Viewliner Roomette is a cozy accommodation in Amtrak’s single-level sleeping cars, and this article will help you with the basics and a few tips.
  • Superliner Roomettes
    • The Amtrak Superliner Roomette is a cozy accommodation in Amtrak’s bi-level sleeping cars, and this article will help you with the basics and a few tips.
  • Amtrak Bedrooms
    • Find out what you need to know about Amtrak’s largest sleeping accommodations, the bedroom. The article covers both Veiwliner and Superliner sleeping cars.
  • General Questions on rooms (sleeper cars)
    • An overview of Amtrak rooms and the top 21 asked questions answered.

Other Onboard Experiences

Sleeping cars on long-distance trains offer a few nice perks, including privacy, sleeping horizontally at night, and more!

On nice amenity is the shower! This article covers everything you need to know to stay fresh while traveling.

Eating On Amtrak

Amtrak's french toast
Amtrak’s french toast from the dining car. Photo Courtesy of Amtrak

Traditional dining returns to many Western Amtrak long-distance trains. Check out this article for a list of trains that will have this beloved meals style returned, new menus, and upgrades. Traditional dining may not be available to dining car meals at this time.

Eating on Amtrak can be a fun experience, and knowing what to expect can help you plan what snacks you want or need to bring and how much money you need to set aside as you roll down the rails.

Food on Amtrak Long-Distance Trains

The Auto Trains and those running West of the Mississippi River use Amtrak’s traditional dining. The remaining long-distance trains offer Amtrak’s flex dining for the sleeping car passengers.

Amtrak provides a cafe car for coach passengers and sleeper passengers looking to add a little more to their food, snack, or drink intake.

Food On Amtrak Regional Trains

Many regional trains offer food aboard the trains. Short routes, like the Hiawatha, do not provide any food or beverage services. For many regional trains, the cafe car is where you need to head to get your sustenance. This article covers the basics of what you need to know and menus.

Info On Train Station

Washington (DC) Union Station
Washington (DC) Union Station

The Amtrak system contains different station types, from a platform and a sign next to a cornfield to a beautiful station leftover from rail travel’s glory days.

These articles will prepare you for whatever station starts or ends your Amtrak adventure. You could encounter different types withing on a trip.

Amtrak Lounges

Some of Amtrak’s stations have lounges for select passengers. Do you qualify to use an Amtrak lounge? Find out what stations have them, what you can expect, and who has access.

What You Need To Know About Each Of Amtrak’s Long-Distance Trains

This section is new, and I am still working on it. Currently, there are articles on the Auto Train, The City of New Orleans, and the Cardinal.

Riding Amtrak: Auto Train

Amtrak Auto Train
Amtrak Auto Train Photo Courtesy of Amtrak

The Auto Train runs on the east coast as an alternative to driving I-95. This article covers the basics for you to plan a trip. This train travels from the great DC area to the great Orlando area.

There are two articles; the first covers the basics of the Auto train. The first is what you need to know, and the second gives you an idea of where your room is on Amtrak’s Auto Train.

  • Why do the lights go off and on while on the train
  • Amtrak route guides
    • Years ago, Amtrak published route guides for passengers to read while traveling in the rails, but these days these guides are no longer found on most trains. Route guides add a lot to your trips, especially if you like trivia and learning. I find it fun to learn the history of many of the stops and towns you pass through along your journey.

More stories and articles are coming! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you can learn a thing or two about riding Amtrak. If you have questions, please reach out and let me know!

Safe travels!

Kev