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Have you ever ridden Amtrak before?

If you have, I have a few questions that I need answered. I want to take an Amtrak trip, but I have several questions.

First things first, how on earth do you get to an Amtrak station? We live nowhere near an Amtrak. I'm at least an hour away and driving my car there would be out of the question, if there is no parking lot, or no security etc. Last thing I need is to come back from a trip and find that my car is gone.

Secondly, I have read comments on Youtube that it's better to call the 1-800 Amtrak number versus using the website. My problem here is that it looks like on the website, everytime you have to change trains, you need a new ticket for that train you changed to.

What I'm looking at is this: I want to get a sleeper car and go south on the east coast. Maybe to North Carolina. If I have to switch trains, do I need a new ticket or not? And how does all of that work? Is it better to get tickets using the 1-800 number? Can you get tickets from inside the train station? Like a kiosk?

Thank you in advance for any answers you can provide regarding this :)
Many times. Never had a sleeper just road over nights each trip, probably 8-10 hours. Spent most of my time I. The dining/smoking car (at the time) playing cards with others just hanging out.

Always booked online. No issues. Had a ride to the the train station so that wasn't an issue.

Made that trip 4-5 times a year. But that was between 2003 and 2005. Your mileage may vary.
There's usually bus 馃殟 routes that stop at the train stations if you want to go that route.
I'd purchase online and then confirm everything when you pick up tickets at the station with a live person.
MrBrownstone41-45, M
Some trains allow bikes so you could ride your bike to a station. I believe you stay on the train the whole trip with stops along the way. Getting your own cabin is pretty sweet if you ask me.
I took it once, although I can't answer any of those questions. id just say don't be on a tight schedule for your travel plans

 
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