Posted 08 August 2018 - 05:13 PM
At this rate in a year or two they will be taking full 7 days to make it from Toronto to Vancouver.
Hmmm....perhaps they will charge fares by the night, like a hotel, instead of by the mile....
Considering what VIA charges for Sleeper Plus and especially Prestige, the nightly rate would be orders of magnitude higher than probably any hotel in the country.
If you look for discounted fares, the special fares (formerly Tuesday specials but now available for Sleeper Plus all the time) between selected points roughly 4-8 weeks before departure, and shoulder and off-season rates and the exchange rate, you can make it for not a lot more than Amtrak.
My next trip will be just under $1400 USD in an off season fare in November for a roomette Vancouver-Toronto. It isn't a discounted fare either, some tour operator scooped up too much capacity and there is no inventory in discount left. If I was able to get the discount fare, it would have been closer to $1200 USD.
Those prices are in the same rough ballpark as Amtrak is for 4 nights in a roomette. Just don't go in the summer. The train is better ride in the off season anyway, when it isn't 26 cars long and mobbed.
Prestige is a whole different matter. Personally I won't pay like $5000 extra for free booze and hors d'oeuvres (actually more for me since I travel by myself and the Prestige fares are only double occupancy, so it would be more like $11,000 extra). That's an awful lot of booze in 4 days to make up $11,000.
Edited by zephyr17, 08 August 2018 - 05:20 PM.
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