How Much Does an Amtrak Roomette Cost?
You can purchase a “roomette” on Amtrak if you do not like sleeping while sitting in coach. The Roomette accommodates two medium sized adults.
The roomette is reasonably comfy, and the chairs are similar to those in the coach. These chairs fold down at night to form a wide, somewhat short bed and can then be folded up during the day.
How much is it?
- Amtrak tickets are priced using the fare “buckets” on the basis of availability. The cost of the roomette is similar, whether one or two individuals are in it. On average, one Amtrak roomette costs $200 to $600 more than the seating accommodations in the coach section. This fee will be added on top of the regular fares. Like airline tickets, the fares will greatly depend on your destination.
- According to one user on Fodors.com, she had to pay $331 per night on top of the regular fare.
- On the Chicago Tribune, the writer noted that he had paid a $575 extra to book a roomette from Los Angeles to Chicago.
What is going to be included?
- In Amtrak terminology, a roomette is a small private room which occupies only the required space for two comfortable reclining seats facing one another next to a big eye-level picture window with a second window above for additional light.
- The Roomette is designed for one or two passengers. At night, the seats can be converted to a bed, with an upper berth dropping down from the ceiling. There is about one foot of space between the door and the seats to the room. You get complete privacy when you slide the door closed and draw the curtains. The two chairs get folded out to a bed which measures about six feet, six inches.
- Each roomette includes a toilet and sink, and a shower is situated nearby. Upgraded amenities include in-room audio and video which features first-run films. Meals are free and bottled water, coffee and juice are available at no charge.
What are the extra costs?
- Each roomette has an attendant who treats one like royalty. The attendant, of course, expects a tip at the end.
- There is a baggage policy and service where extra baggage requiring more room attracts an additional charge.
Tips to know
- The long-haul trains generally have one-level Viewliner cars and a double-decker Superliner. The impression that one gets is that the Viewliner Roomette is somewhat roomier than the Superliner Roomette.
- Most Amtrak conductors, as well as sleeping car attendants, are willing to help coach passengers know when their train has unsold roomettes available. Amtrak assigns the roomettes beginning with the lowest numbers first.
How can I save money?
- You can use frequent-flier miles or upgrade coupons to obtain a better seat.
- You can also take advantage of last-minute upgrade offerings to get reduced pricing on your fare. The fare increases to the subsequent bucket as tickets are sold, so you can save money by booking as early as possible, especially for long distance routes and holiday travel.
- Advance purchase discounts and promotion codes only apply to trains in the lowest bucket.
- Amtrak occasionally runs 3-day sales online, offering discount offers of up to 50%. There is no advance notice of these type of sales, so make sure that you “like” their Facebook Page for updates.
- Take a look at your trip and make sure that it’s worth it. If you’re going to travel more than 24 hours, it may be worth the additional cost.
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