Taking coach from Chicago to NYC on a 9:30pm train. Anyone else out there take this train to NYC? Is it crazy in coach? Can you get to sleep? Should I spring for a sleeper?
Coach on Lake Shore Limited from CHI to NYC
Posted 13 April 2017 - 11:32 PM
I've done coach on the LSL. It depends on what time of year you are going. Use Amsnag to find the day when the price is lowest, and you will have found the least-crowded train as well.
If the train is crowded, I observed that on the LSL, some people will use selfish strategies to get two seats for each individual. They don't care if someone else is seated next to a perfect stranger and has to try and sleep that way (note: I was with Hubby, but I was observant, and would not travel coach as a single woman on that train).
The LSL also has Business Class available. Perhaps someone who has traveled that way will let us know how crowded it was, and if it was worth the extra. It seems to be quite a bit cheaper than a roomette. You also get an AGR points bonus if you book business class. If you aren't a member of Amtrak Guest Rewards, you should sign up for this loyalty program!
I'm a "little Old Lady in Tennis Shoes" (LOLITS) from Eastern Oregon. I love to travel by train, though I live way out in the toolies, far from the nearest Amtrak station (Chemult). My station would have been Baker City, but they cancelled the Oregon Pioneer just before I took my first long-distance train trip as an adult. I've taken most trains in the West, but I'm still exploring new routes in the east.
Posted 14 April 2017 - 10:00 AM
Taking coach from Chicago to NYC on a 9:30pm train. Anyone else out there take this train to NYC? Is it crazy in coach? Can you get to sleep? Should I spring for a sleeper?[/quote]
As the others have said, consider Biz Class, Sleepers are usually Ultra Expensive on the Late Shore!
Other options are to take the Three times a week Cardinal (Single Level Train with great scenery)and the Capitol Ltd. to Pittsburgh (Superliner equipped) with a connection in Pittsburgh to the Pennsylvanian to NYP. (Horseshoe Curve,Amish Country,Philly and High speed running up the NEC).
I've ridden in Amfleet II Coaches on overnight LD trains, they're not bad, but Biz Class is the way to rollif you can't afford a Sleeper!
Be sure and take a light blanket and travel pillow and if needed ear plugs and a sleep mask.Its best to get a window seat so you can lean on the bulkhead and not having any seatmates climbing over you in the middle of the night!
"..My heart is warm with the friends I make,and better friends I'll not be knowing,
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,No matter where its going!.." -Edna St. Vincent Millay
Posted 14 April 2017 - 10:58 AM
I took this train route a couple of years ago, homeward bound after my marathon visit to America.
I am in my 60's, tall, and don't sleep well sitting up in planes or half reclined on Amtrak trains.
It was an almost full train, but I was lucky that my assigned seating companion decided to hassle the conductor and snagged a double seat, thus leaving me one too. (Maybe a bonus, me not showering for the whole 10 weeks visit... except when guest of Mr. Greatcats, needless to say)
It is not a bad trip with such a late evening start. Even if you don't sleep much, provided you anticipate a good sleep the following night, for my budget, an expensive sleeper is not worth it for this 1 night.
Posted 14 April 2017 - 11:31 AM
Reminder- the B/C on the LSL is a split car with 2+1 seating. If you get on board early and don't want a "companion" go for the 1 side. It may take a split booking since the car does not go to NYP it goes on to Boston, and you will have to relocate at ALB if in B/C
Posted 14 April 2017 - 03:06 PM
Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!
The view is much better at 3 feet than it is at 30,000 feet!
Posted 14 April 2017 - 09:47 PM
If you were not in a hurry to get to NYP, you could take Business Class from Chicago to Buffalo arriving about 9AM. Get off in Buffalo and have about 4 hours to see Niagara Falls before getting on the Maple Leaf #66 to NYP. The Maple Leaf has Business Class seats to NYP if you like them.
Posted 15 April 2017 - 04:16 AM
I like the above option, Buffalo is one of my favourite "post industrial" cities.
BUF Depew is away from the city, anyone know the into options to the city? Bus route or taxi costs?
I guess the only convenient way from Depew to Niagra Falls at 9am is a taxi?
I have used the BFX Exchange station which is in town itself, but the LSL does not call there.
Edited by caravanman, 15 April 2017 - 04:17 AM.
Posted 15 April 2017 - 07:17 AM
It's a good 40 minute drive, or 2+hours by public buses (3) and keep in mind that the best views are actually on the Canadian side. Cool idea, but I'm not sure time allows it, though. Leaf is scheduled out of Niagara Falls 12:07P Emp Service 288 is last out of NF at 2:34 PM but that is a Sunday and some holiday only train...
Posted 20 April 2017 - 07:51 PM
If it is a busy time of the year when the Coaches are almost full, you definitely want at least BC. Not sure what your plan is for when you get to NYP, but if you want to be alert, then a sleeper is best. If the Boston Sleeper isn't filling up. it may be cheaper, then you switch to Coach for ALB - NYP.
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