6’4 and Long Distance Amtrak Travel: The Sleeper Car

One of the most common questions I get about traveling with Amtrak is what it’s like to sleep onboard the trains. Before last years west coast Amtrak trip, I would have said difficult. And that’s only because when I had made long distance Amtrak travel in the past, I had gone with the cheapest coach ticket as opposed to coughing up the added dough for a roomette or sleeper. Sleeping in coach can admittedly get grimy, especially after day 2 when everyone is starting to smell… musty. More often than not, I opted to pass out in the quiet open of the observation car, where very few passengers end up staying all night and you can wake up to the sun rising and filling the cabin with light and heat.

So, when I first got into an Amtrak sleeper for my trip last year and again this year for #AmtrakLIVE, I was pleasantly surprised at how much less exhausting long distance Amtrak trips are when you have a proper place to sleep and freshen up. Oh, and meals are included in the ticket. Meals that are surprisingly delicious.

BJ Mendelson, author and social media influencer, was onboard #AmtrakLIVE in March and standing at 6’4, his words on the comfort in Amtrak sleepers are all you really need to hear. One of my favorite points he makes in the video is about sleeper privacy, what I think is the biggest difference between coach and a sleeper cabin. If you’re curious about sleeping on long Amtrak trips, watch our latest #AmtrakLIVE video above.

Either way, the best part of taking the train is still the views it affords. So whether you choose to go the route of the coach ticket or the sleeper, get out and enjoy long distance Amtrak travel!

Author: Eric White

Eric graduated Ohio University in 2012 with a degree in Advertising and immediately went out to San Diego, California to start not using his degree. At the start of 2013, Eric quit his job, let his lease run out and started backpacking North America. Eric has worked with Amtrak, Crowdtap, HootSuite and others, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA... when not on the road.

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  1. I mentioned in a past article about how uncomfortable plane travel is for lengthy folks like myself. This did wonders to shed light on another, better, long distance option. Great edit, Eric. And word to BJ Mendelson.

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