Details: Seattle King Street Station to Vancouver Pacific Central Station. Amtrak Cascades Service. Business class. 4h30m.
Seats: Business seating was 2×1 and with a 42-inch pitch and 23-inch width, it felt very comfortable, with room to spread out. The back support and window views were also impressive.
Entertainment: There were no in-coach screens, but a reasonably fast free wi-fi service and complimentary newspapers.
Food and drink: No complimentary drinks or snacks, but I was given a $3 voucher to spend in the cafe car, which just about covered a coffee. It also had sandwiches, snacks and drinks.
Service: Staff weren’t intrusive at all, and when they did appear, they were friendly and polite. It felt civilized and professional at all times, and staff were helpful with instructions on how immigration would work on arrival.
What else: The luggage allowance is generous; you’re allowed to check three bags and the whole process is very relaxed. This particular route is extremely scenic, so I’d suggest traveling in daylight hours — I missed out on some great views due to booking an evening train.
Last word: An elegant way to travel, making it a good alternative to flying. Business class doesn’t cost too much more than coach, so is well worth the upgrade
Words by: Paul Oswell
PUBLISHED IN THE WINTER 2014/15 EDITION OF ASTAnetwork