Plan trip to Staunton, Va.

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  1. Apr 20, 2019 #1

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    Trying to plan a trip for wife and daughter East Lansing, MI to Staunton , Va RT. 365 coach,50 roomette.DP East Lansing Aug 1.2019 Return from Staunton Aug. 4, 2019. I need all .the help I can get. I cannot find RT fares or low buckets.
    I appreciate help from all your experts. Thanks, so much.
     
  2. Apr 20, 2019 #2

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    There is no discount for round-trip fares. I don't think you'll find low bucket fares on The Cardinal in August, and I would recommend booking as soon as possible before the train sells out.
     
  3. Apr 20, 2019 #3

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    Rooms on the Cardinal are always outrageous. During the summer, 'through the roof' is far more descriptive, if any rooms are available. About the only time there's a reasonable roomette cost on the Cardinal is at least 5 months in the future.

    I just fiddled around with the Amtrak website and tried Charlottesville VA (CVS) as a destination. Charlottesville has multiple trains stopping there vs Staunton having only the Cardinal as an option. Charlottesville is the next stop on the Cardinal from Staunton. That way, various options with the Capitol Ltd which has various connections to Charlottesville are offered, saving more than $100 each way for 8/1. And one option, taking the bus from East Lansing to meet the Capitol Ltd will save even more money. So, if you have a friend or relative willing to drive the 39 miles from Staunton to Charlottesville, you'll save a bundle!
     
  4. Apr 20, 2019 #4

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    I also think — without actually checking fares — that going by way of Washington, D.C. would be less expensive even if you then rode to Staunton on the Cardinal. You might also consider the train that runs to Lynchburg from Washington, D.C. and see if it has a stop near Staunton.
     
  5. Apr 21, 2019 #5

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    Unfortunately, the Cardinal from WAS to Staunton departs at 11:00AM, more than 2 hours before the Capitols' scheduled 1:05PM arrival. As a result, they'd have to spend a night in the WAS area...usually not cheap. And that's only a 3 day/week option.

    A good connection to the Capitol Ltd to Charlottesville would be train #171 departing WAS at 4:50PM arriving CVS at 7:23. Alternatively, the Crescent departs WAS about 90 minutes later and arrives CVS 90 minutes later as well.
     
  6. May 7, 2019 #6

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    Thanks to you who gave me tips and advice on a trip to Staunton,VA. By the time I think I got it all figured out, the affected trains were sold out.
    Thanks again.
     

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