I'm going to Milwaukee next month and I'm considering taking the train instead of my original plan of flying. I'm coming from Northeast PA, and based on the schedules I've seen I've come up with the following plan:
Take a bus to NYC and take the Lake Shore Limited to CHI and then take the next Hiawatha to MKE.
Alternatively, I could take a bus to Syracuse and catch the LSL there. This would be an over two-hour layover, but I would save about $30-40. NYC would involve an over two-hour layover too, but unlike NYP, SYR seems more isolated from the downtown, so I would have to stay in the station the whole time.
To Get Back Home:
-Take the Capitol Limited to WAS and then either:
--Stay overnight in DC or Baltimore and then take a train to NYC in the morning, and finally take an afternoon bus back to NEPA.
--Try to get to NYC for the 7 PM bus back to NEPA, which would get me back to PA at an okay time. Any later bus and I think I would rather just find a hotel.
My previous experience with Amtrak has been limited to the Northeast Regional, which was a good experience and is why I am considering using Amtrak instead of flying. My questions are:
1) How is it sleeping in coach? I could do a roomette for the Capitol Limited to DC, but not for the LSL.
2) How is the Syracuse station at night? Is there a waiting area for Amtrak customers like at NYP? Asking in case I choose that station instead of NYP.
Thanks in advance.