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#1 Casinocim

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 02:57 PM

Has anyone been on or know of the fastest Amtrak or Amtrak combined with Greyhound route to get from Denver to Houston and back?
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 03:13 PM

Has anyone been on or know of the fastest Amtrak or Amtrak combined with Greyhound route to get from Denver to Houston and back?


the dog alone will get you there the fastest 24 hours

Amtrak would take 34 hours with Thruway. connecting in SPI or STL.

Amtrak sunset to ELP is 19 hours then 12 h on the dog up I-25.
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 03:18 PM

Has anyone been on or know of the fastest Amtrak or Amtrak combined with Greyhound route to get from Denver to Houston and back?


the dog alone will get you there the fastest 24 hours

Amtrak would take 34 hours with Thruway. connecting in SPI or STL.

Amtrak sunset to ELP is 19 hours then 12 h on the dog up I-25.

Since the above is correct Ill commit heresy and suggest flying on SW or other low fare (Continental gives points!!)unless you have the time!The dog is not comfortable at all and unless you snag a deal probably not that much cheaper either!! :unsure:

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 03:58 PM

As much as I love Amtrak, there is no easy way to go from here to there by train. I'd also recommend flying, and if you get a comparable cost, go by Continental. Houston is their base city, and OnePass Miles are transferable to AGR at 1:1 - so essentially you earn AGR points by flying!

In July, due to time constraints, I had to fly cross country one way. I chose Continental and I will transfer them (with some other OnePass Miles) to my AGR account. So essentially, I earned 2596 AGR points by flying! :lol:
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 05:03 PM

Thanks everyone, I was hoping a magical route was available.
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 10:02 AM

The promblem with that route is it's single track and has a lot of slow coal trains running on it.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 01:00 PM

If you register & fly before December, you get a 2,500 One Pass Mile Bonus, I believe!
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 02:40 PM

It can still be done. You have to take the train from Denver to Galesburg, Illinois. Then you catch a shuttle bus to Springfield, IL and catch the Texas Eagle to Longview, TX. From there you catch another Amtrak Bus to Houston. However keep in mind that the connection in Galesburg is not a guaranteed connection. If the California Zephyr is late, you'll have to stay on until Chicago. I believe Amtrak will put you up in a hotel in Chicago to catch the next days Texas Eagle to Longview and Houston. (even though the connection is not guaranteed) Overall its a 2 day trip. To book it online, you'll have to use the multi-city function.

Also note, if you plan on going back, the connection from Springfield to Galesburg to meet the Zephyr back westbound IS a guaranteed connection. Amtrak WILL have you stay on the Texas Eagle to Chicago and put you in a hotel there is the Texas Eagle is significantly late. You don't have to use the multi-city function when booking online from Houston to Denver.

Hope this helps!

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 03:34 PM

If you register & fly before December, you get a 2,500 One Pass Mile Bonus, I believe!
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 03:48 PM

If you are not going to be staying in Houston long you may be better off renting a car.
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 03:55 PM

If you register & fly before December, you get a 2,500 One Pass Mile Bonus, I believe!
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I wouldn't say that I enjoy flying, but if it comes down to spending a good bit of time on the hound I will gladly bite the bullet.
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 04:41 PM

If you register & fly before December, you get a 2,500 One Pass Mile Bonus, I believe!
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Thanks but I don't like to fly and I don't want to.

I wouldn't say that I enjoy flying, but if it comes down to spending a good bit of time on the hound I will gladly bite the bullet.

Aloha

Obviously where I live not flying is not a question, but I would rather go with the birds anyday that the Dogs :rolleyes: . Just occasionally through in a sleeper for good measure :) .

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 04:51 PM

It can still be done. You have to take the train from Denver to Galesburg, Illinois. Then you catch a shuttle bus to Springfield, IL and catch the Texas Eagle to Longview, TX. From there you catch another Amtrak Bus to Houston. However keep in mind that the connection in Galesburg is not a guaranteed connection. If the California Zephyr is late, you'll have to stay on until Chicago. I believe Amtrak will put you up in a hotel in Chicago to catch the next days Texas Eagle to Longview and Houston. (even though the connection is not guaranteed) Overall its a 2 day trip. To book it online, you'll have to use the multi-city function.

Also note, if you plan on going back, the connection from Springfield to Galesburg to meet the Zephyr back westbound IS a guaranteed connection. Amtrak WILL have you stay on the Texas Eagle to Chicago and put you in a hotel there is the Texas Eagle is significantly late. You don't have to use the multi-city function when booking online from Houston to Denver.

Hope this helps!


Yes that does help. Thanks
I have tried looking at different routes, I guess ones which would have the least hassles.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:54 PM

It can still be done. You have to take the train from Denver to Galesburg, Illinois. Then you catch a shuttle bus to Springfield, IL and catch the Texas Eagle to Longview, TX. From there you catch another Amtrak Bus to Houston. However keep in mind that the connection in Galesburg is not a guaranteed connection. If the California Zephyr is late, you'll have to stay on until Chicago. I believe Amtrak will put you up in a hotel in Chicago to catch the next days Texas Eagle to Longview and Houston. (even though the connection is not guaranteed) Overall its a 2 day trip. To book it online, you'll have to use the multi-city function.

Also note, if you plan on going back, the connection from Springfield to Galesburg to meet the Zephyr back westbound IS a guaranteed connection. Amtrak WILL have you stay on the Texas Eagle to Chicago and put you in a hotel there is the Texas Eagle is significantly late. You don't have to use the multi-city function when booking online from Houston to Denver.

Hope this helps!


this is just nuts. i just looked up the price for this and its just under 500 per person. why would anybody subject themselves to a 3 day trip when you can buy a airline ticket for from DIA to Bush for $250.00 and be there in 2 hours... our rail system in this country sucks.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

You might as well take the bus all the way there. This route has been spotted with upgraded buses.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:34 PM

I have advocated for restoring the Texas to Colorado route for decades with NARP and Amtrak and on here. What you get a hundreds of reasons why it can't be done, but nothing positive or forward thinking from any of those. Look for service on this route when 'H' freezes over.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:04 PM

I did the bus ride from ELP to DEN, DONT DO IT. I was on Autobuses Americanos *no choice*, and it was the most horrible ride ever. The bus was over 3 hour late into Denver. You will regret the bus ride trust me. Autobuses Americanos has sorta taken over the DEN-ELP run, and trust me, that is not the way you want to travel between Denver and El Paso, once you are in El Paso you switch back over to Greyhound itself for the run to Houston..

Taking the train to Illinois then down to Texas isnt a bad ride by any means. Id prefer the comfort of the train to a bus any day. This applies if you have the time to travel.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:17 PM

I have advocated for restoring the Texas to Colorado route for decades with NARP and Amtrak and on here. What you get a hundreds of reasons why it can't be done, but nothing positive or forward thinking from any of those. Look for service on this route when 'H' freezes over.


Reading the new PIP's on the SWC and the HLF it may be getting cold down there. LOL. They are proposing a thruway bus connection between OKC and Newton and between LaJunta and Denver. Theoretically you could take the HLF to OKC, transfer to the bus for a three hour ride to Newton, transfer at 3am or so to the westbound SWC to LaJunta and then take a four hour bus ride to Denver. Talk about torture..........why would anyone do this? Just for 'fun' I guess. SWA goes to Denver now in two hours.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:52 PM

I did the bus ride from ELP to DEN, DONT DO IT. I was on Autobuses Americanos *no choice*, and it was the most horrible ride ever. The bus was over 3 hour late into Denver. You will regret the bus ride trust me. Autobuses Americanos has sorta taken over the DEN-ELP run, and trust me, that is not the way you want to travel between Denver and El Paso, once you are in El Paso you switch back over to Greyhound itself for the run to Houston..

Taking the train to Illinois then down to Texas isnt a bad ride by any means. Id prefer the comfort of the train to a bus any day. This applies if you have the time to travel.

Hope this info helps.

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I know that AAU to El Paso is bad, but taking Greyhound's own 467 to Dallas is much better. They use the D4505 instead of the horrid G4500s used by AAU. You won't get to take a train but a D4505 is about as good as it gets without Amtrak!

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:06 AM

Ah, thats right Swadian, i forgot that from Denver, they have a route that puts you through Amarillo, and into Dallas, then you connect in Dallas to Houston. I shouldnt have forgotten it as I have ridden that route before. That route isnt so bad.
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