Which side of the Pacific Surfliner should I sit?
Simply sit on the west-side of the train to enjoy the ocean views. If you are traveling through Los Angeles, the train switches direction after departing the station. So if you are sitting on the west-side of the train approaching Los Angeles, you will be sitting on the east-side after departing Los Angeles!
Is it worth upgrading to business class on Amtrak?
From a price standpoint the upgrade to Amtrak Business Class from Coach Class is not worth the cost. While you do get free drinks, the extra legroom is really meaningless as there is plenty of legroom already in Coach Class. Additionally, often times there is not extra legroom, it is just the same as Coach Class.
Can I bring my own food on Amtrak?
You may bring your own food and beverages onboard for consumption at your seat or private Sleeping Car accommodations. However, you can only consume food and beverages purchased in Dining and Lounge Cars in those cars. Personal food and beverages are allowed in the upper level of Superliner Sightseer Lounges.
Can you drink on the Surfliner?
Can I buy food and drinks on board? Yes, the onboard Market Café (located in Car 3, between Business Class and Unreserved Coach cars) offers a variety of snacks, sweets, light meals and beverages, including wine and craft beers. Many products are locally sourced from along the Pacific Surfliner route.
Where does the Pacific Surfliner start?
The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner route meanders along the majestic California coastline from San Luis Obispo through prime destinations such as Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Juan Capistrano, and San Diego.
Why is Coast Starlight so slow?
Amtrak’s Coast Starlight route from Seattle to Los Angeles is notoriously late. It has been known to run as much as 11 hours behind schedule, taking the romance out of train travel for even the most devoted fans. The source of the delays, according to some, is the company that owns the railroad tracks.