Amtrak's Famed Auto Train to Florida Celebrates Its 35th Birthday
We're ready to add this one to our travel bucket list.
Heading down to Florida for the fall and winter season and need your car? You'd be hard-pressed to find a more efficient (and more scenic!) way to travel than by Amtrak's Auto Train.
The Auto Train's Virginia-to-Florida non-stop service — which toasted its 35th anniversary this week — allows passengers to check their cars, vans, SUVs, motorcycles, and small boats or jet-skis onto the train before embarking from Lorton, Virginia (outside of Washington, D.C.) to Sanford, Florida (or the reverse route).
Of course, you'll avoid traffic jams along I-95 and the hassle of airport travel and enjoy the old-school allure of an overnight train ride with modern conveniences like Wi-Fi. The train departs daily from both the Florida and Virginia stations and takes approximately 17-and-a-half hours. If desired, you can also buy Priority Vehicle Offloading to expedite the vehicle offloading process at the end of your trip. Take a peek of the adventure that awaits in the short video clip below.
Guests can choose from coach seating — super-wide seats with plenty of legroom and electrical outlets — or splurge for either a bedroom with a private restroom and shower, or a roomette with a restroom and shower facilities nearby. There's also special accommodations for families with small children and those with special needs. Dinner and a continental breakfast are included in the price of all Auto Train tickets, regardless of what class of tickets you purchased.
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Fun fact: The Auto Train is the longest passenger train in the world with two locomotives and 40+ passenger rail cars and vehicle carriers. Oh, the places we will go...and the people we will meet!
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