Amtrak’s Private Rooms Provide a Socially Distanced Way to Travel Without Giving up the Views
Enjoy a relaxing way to take in the scenery without other passengers nearby.
Striking the balance between wanting to get away while ensuring you can physically distance while doing so — Amtrak's private rooms check off all the boxes for a safe vacation.
Hearkening back to an older and slower style of travel, a train journey can provide a relaxing way to take in the scenery and a private room provides a way to do that while limiting your exposure to other passengers.
“As a truly unique experience when traveling by train, private rooms [offer] our customers added privacy, comfort and space to enjoy the journey without having to worry about maintaining social distance,” Amtrak’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer Roger Harris, said in a statement to Travel + Leisure, adding that they give people, “even more peace of mind as they travel.”
The rooms, available on more than a dozen routes that traverse all corners of the country, feature two seats that can be converted into beds, free WiFi, and your own private window to watch the world go by from. Some rooms come with an in-room toilet and shower, and all sleeping accommodations include meals.
Amtrak trains pass through several national parks, allowing passengers to take in expansive views of places like Glacier National Park — visible from the Empire Builder line — without having to mingle with crowds. Keep your eyes peeled for mountain goats and grizzlies as you pass by (the park is known for its fantastic wildlife). Or marvel at the 18-mile wide Grand Canyon from the Southwest Chief line, traveling between Chicago and Los Angeles.
Amtrak has increased its cleaning protocols, including spraying high-touch surfaces with disinfectant and limiting ticket sales, and on May 11, started requiring employees and customers to wear face masks. Moving between train cars is also contactless with an automatic door open button that can be activated with someone’s foot.
While cafe seating is closed, customers can order food and bring it back to their seat or private room.