Amtrak’s 2-for-1 sale on sleeping car tickets includes Southwest Chief and other trains

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train travels through part of Northern California.
Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train travels through part of Northern California.
(Los Angeles Times)

Ready for a long train ride on your next vacation? Buy a roomette or bedroom ticket on selected Amtrak trains, and a companion goes free. It’s cool savings for those who want to see America by riding the rails on long-distance routes.

The biggest operational steam locomotive in the world is coming to L.A. and you have a chance to ride it.

Sample destinations on sale include:

▶ Los Angeles to Seattle aboard the Coast Starlight, a 35-hour ride along the West Coast, with views from the ocean to Mt. Shasta. With the sale, tickets for two cost $383 for roomettes and $712 for bedrooms.


▶ Los Angeles to New Orleans aboard the Sunset Limited takes 48 hours to chug through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas on the way to the Louisiana city. Tickets cost $441 for roomettes and $820 for bedrooms.

The sale also is good on the California Zephyr, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief and other routes, and some itineraries include meals too.

The 2-for-1 sale ends Oct. 14. Tickets purchased by that date are good for travel from Nov. 11 through April 8 (except for blackout dates).

By the way, the more inexpensive roomettes come with recliner seats that become beds in a space that’s 3.5 by 6.5 feet. There’s also a large viewing window, electrical outlets and a fold-down table.


Bedrooms are roomier, have a larger window, and add a sofa bed (which could sleep a third person) plus toilet and shower. The space is 6.5 by 7.5 feet.

Info: Amtrak

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