February 9, 2024Portland to Seattle
Timely arrival. The train didn't arrive at the station on time due to conditions beyond their control BUT it did make the Seattle journeying the time amount it predicted The passengers at the Portland were not kept awake of the delay during our 2.5 hour wait time.
January 27, 2024- Visiting familyPortland to Seattle
Pros: None. Cons: Los asientos son demasiado incómodos. Tips: None.
October 12, 2023- Solo travelPortland to Seattle
Pros: good. Cons: good. Tips: good.
September 4, 2023- VacationSanta Barbara to Los Angeles
Pros: Swift option of travel. Cons: N/A. Tips: No!
August 13, 2023Portland to Seattle
Pros: It was quick. Cons: Never seat people on a car where air conditioner is broken when it is 100 degrees out traveling to Seattle. We now have one person in our group with covid. Tips: Make sure car tour on everything is working.
May 29, 2023- Solo travelSeattle to Portland
Pros: It was great to be able to sit in the observation car on the train. Cons: I was a bit confused by the word ‘coach’ on my booking, so I had thought it was a bus and not a train that I was getting. Happy to find out it was in fact a train. Tips: Wanderu seems pretty easy to use and the price of the train from Seattle to Portland was better than I had expected.
May 8, 2023- BusinessLos Angeles to Emeryville
Pros: The staff at Union station very friendly and helpful, boarding was easy, train clean and travel picturesque. Kept you updated that connections were running late. Checked baggage feature is very helpful. Cons: When booking to San Francisco, the choices are to Emeryville, but nowhere does it say, you must purchase an additional ticket for the Amtrak bus to the Bay area. Very disconcerting to have the driver tell you, you can't board the bus because you don't have a ticket. It isn't even offered on the site and the Amtrak main office is closed after hours. The driver sent us there - didn't he know it was closed? In the end, the driver let us board the bus to Mission St. Unneeded stress. Don't assume travelers know. Tips: Anyone traveling to San Francisco Bay area - please enquire about how you get across the Bay and be prepared to call Uber or get a taxi to your hotel if you're unable to take the Amtrak connecting bus.
April 23, 2023- Visiting friendsLos Angeles to Santa Barbara
Pros: It was a beautiful train ride and much more pleasant that driving would have been. It was easy to get to and the station location of the in Santa Barbara allows easy walking to both the beach and State street. Cons: As with everywhere these days, there were minimal Covid measures. Being assigned a seat directly next to someone else while there were still plenty of open seats was mildly annoying. Tips: Say hello to your train conductor! They are very friendly.
April 8, 2023- Couples tripSanta Barbara to Los Angeles
Pros: The views and lovely service. Cons: Wifi! Tips: The snack bar is awesome!
April 7, 2023- Couples tripLos Angeles to Santa Barbara
Pros: The sightseer car. Cons: Cleaning of light table on the sit. Tips: Don’t wait to long to go to the sightseer car.
February 27, 2023- Visiting familySeattle to Portland
WiFi - if there was any onboard it wasn't working at all so I had to use my hotspot on my phone which drained my battery.
January 26, 2023- Visiting friendsSeattle to Portland
Pros: Convenience and price. Cons: The lock on the restroom door did not work, and the door wouldn’t latch securely. I had to use the toilet with an open door. Not fun….!
January 23, 2023- VacationEmeryville to Seattle
Pros: I kinda enjoyed the 4-5 hour delay in Siskiyou lol I got extra sleep. Cons: The seating space the food is over priced I know we're in inflation so I won't put that on the company entirely you have to pay overhead. Tips: Bring headphones and your own food. The cafe is over priced.
December 24, 2022- Visiting friendsLos Angeles to Emeryville
Train is very slow and late.
November 29, 2022- Visiting friendsLos Angeles to San Luis Obispo
Pros: Everything about the trip was fabulous. The views while traveling g from LA to San Luis Obispo were incredible. The staff very friendly and helpful and plenty of space to move around and the sit. Cons: All good! Tips: Arrive in plenty of time as the trains are prompt and you want to have room for your luggage. Travel light!