Amtrak Seating Accommodations
When traveling with Amtrak seating accommodations become an important issue to iron out before boarding the train. The level of comfort you will enjoy while riding the rail is determined by the type of seating you select for your trip.
Most Amtrak trains provide a variety of accommodation options, which is based upon the type of route you are taking and the kind of train equipment involved.
Coach Class Seating
Coach class seats are one of the most commonly selected accommodation options, which is available on all Amtrak trains except for the Acela Express train. For long or overnight travels, most long-distance trains provide spacious Coach Class comfort.
Passengers may choose between Reserved Coach and Unreserved Coach seats. If you are entering overnight service, advanced reservations are needed for coach travel. On a few short distance trains, unreserved coach seating is available, which accommodates boarding passengers on a first-come, first-served system.
Seating in the Coach Class has been described as spacious and comfortable. Fold-down trays accommodate meals and snacks, or provide a nice setting for reading a book. Individual reading lights illuminate the pages of the latest bestseller or magazine, as you enjoy ample legroom.
Business Class Seating
When choosing a Business Class seat on Amtrak, you will enjoy a comfortable headrest and footrest. Fold-down tray tables are offered as well as overhead lighting and luggage compartments. Depending on the train you are riding on, a variety of convenient amenities might be at your disposal. For instance, you may have access to complimentary newspapers or have time to discuss plans with colleagues on conference tables. Some trains feature in-car Railfone and AC electrical outlets in every seat, which come in handy for plugging in laptops.
First Class Seating
With First Class seating arrangements, ample legroom, extra-large tray tables, and movable head- and footrests are standard. When at your seat, an attendant service can be called upon, who might be the same person serving complimentary meals and beverages. Depending on the train and time of day you are riding, hot breakfast, lunch, or dinner is available. First Class passengers also have access to ClubAcela lounges (when applicable).
As an Amtrak passenger, you may request a seat upgrade to Business Class (except on the Acela Express, which is the minimum class offered on these trains). Seats are reserved and provide plenty of legroom and various at-seat features. Quiet Cars are also an option on select routes, for those who donít want to be disturbed by the ringing of cell phones or boisterous conversation. On Acela Express train rides, upgrades are for First Class service.
If you have originally purchased a Coach Class and find it uncomfortable, you may purchase a First Class or Business Class seat while on the train if unsold space exists. The Conductor or Chief of Onboard Services can make these arrangements. If you are interested in sleeping bedroom accommodations, you should know that this option is considered a First Class service.
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