Amtrak Adds Premium Business Class to More Long-Distance Routes

After a highly successful debut on the Coast Starlight, a route traveling between Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, Amtrak has introduced premium Business Class seating on two more long-distance routes, the Auto Train and Cardinal. The Auto Train, an overnight, non-stop, bring-your-car-along route, between the Washington, DC area and Orlando area and the Cardinal between New York and Chicago via Indianapolis and Cincinnati now offer Business Class in addition to First Class Sleeping accommodations and reserved Coach Class.

Starting today, the Auto Train, will offer Business Class for an upgrade charge of only $59.00.  Auto Train Business Class passengers can enjoying a variety of amenities, including priority boarding, two complimentary bottles of water and Comfort Kit as well as a salad and choice of specialty dessert with dinner.  Additionally, all passengers can enjoy free Wi-Fi aboard the Auto Train.

Operating three days weekly, the Cardinal offers unforgettable views of the Southeast’s stunning natural beauty. Passengers will see gently rolling horse country, the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley, and the wild white-water rivers of West Virginia as they can only be seen by train. Heading westward, the train rolls along the banks of the mighty Ohio River — from the quaint towns of Ashland and Maysville to the river city of Cincinnati. From there, the journey continues to the skylines of Indianapolis and Chicago.

Business Class passengers aboard the Cardinal can enjoy reserved seating in a car for Business Class passengers only, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, comfortable spacious leather seats, complimentary access to the premium Metropolitan Lounge at Chicago Union Station and much more.

Throughout the 1377-mile, 36-hour route, passengers on board the Coast Starlight enjoy stunningly beautiful vistas — some of which can only be seen via rail — breathtaking shorelines of the Pacific, dense Northern forests and spectacular peaks of the Cascades, to name a few. The train also connects the West Coast’s most popular destination cities, including Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

Coast Starlight Business Class fares start as low as $39.00 one-way between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and $172.00 between Los Angeles and Seattle.  Business Class amenities include access to the Metropolitan Lounges in Los Angeles and Portland, complimentary Wi-Fi access and two bottles of water, an invitation to the wine tasting events in the Pacific Parlour Car (tasting fee applies) and much more.

For more information or to book your reservation today, visit

Image: Part of the Cardinal’s route through West Virginia. Creative Commons.

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