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Traveling by Train in US

Traveling by Train in US

Posted by Liliana Castaño on August 26, 2013

by Sebastian Llavaneras.-

Have you ever considered traveling by train in US? It is not a very popular way of transportation these days but it’s making a comeback in the recent years.

You don’t have to worry about driving. Just sit in your chair, get comfortable and enjoy the trip. You can go alone, with your partner, or even take your whole family on a vacation and you’re still going to spend less money that on airplane or even by car. Plus, you are helping the environment, because traveling by train is less harmful to the environment than traveling by car or by plane.

When you are traveling by train, you don’t have to worry about the hassle you usually go through when traveling by plane. There is no need to get there two hours earlier or long lines to check out your baggage. If you travel by train you can easily show up 30 minutes before your departure time and get into the train quickly. Did you miss the 12:00 pm train? Don’t worry, you can catch the 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm train.  

Nowadays if you are trying to save money on your trip you’ll probably think twice about taking more than one bag. Some companies, like Spirit, are even charging you for your carry-on bags! When you are traveling by train, however, you can get as much as 200 lbs of baggage for free.

On a train you are going to be much more comfortable, too. There is more legroom than in planes and you can move freely all the time. There is no silly rule that makes you turn off your electronic devices for the first fifteen minutes, either. And, since you are not driving, you can spend your time reading, talking or watching the amazing scenery from the window. It is definitely longer than going on a plane but for most people the experience totally compensates for it.  

Another benefit of using a train is its affordability. They offer many discounts such as 50% off for kids from 2 to 15 years old; retirees, veterans and students get 15% off; soldiers in duty and their family get 10% off; and members of the AAA get 10% off, too.

For shorter trips, traveling by train can cost half as much as traveling by plane. Also, train fares fluctuate much less. Unlike planes, you are likely to find the same price two months or two days prior to your trip.

Traveling by train has many benefits and can be a great adventure. You may want to consider it next time you are going on a vacation.


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