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Amtrak Coast Starlight

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Won't be taking another train trip for a long time

I was really, really looking forward to this trip. It was our first time on a train, and we had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
San Bernardino, California
Relaxing and what we wanted

Read what pillowsoft wrote and that was an excellent review. I concur on most of what was said... read more

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This Amtrak route goes from Seattle, WA., to Los Angeles.
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good38%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was really, really looking forward to this trip. It was our first time on a train, and we had done so much research, and watched so many videos about other people's experience with the Coast Starlight. We had booked the Superliner Roomette so that...More

1  Thank ChloeDuvall
Reviewed 1 week ago

Read what pillowsoft wrote and that was an excellent review. I concur on most of what was said. We took the Coast Starlight from SEA to LAX just before the SoCal fires and really enjoyed the trip. We had a deluxe sleeper and, yes, its...More

2  Thank stinkingfishead
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I took a quick trip from Portland to Seattle. We bought business class seats based on the fact we were promised free WiFi, Comfy seats, free water and a dining credit. The train was late so we unfortunately got no daylight hours...More

Thank helena218
Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommended you consider time of the year, available daylight, and direction traveled before you book... We took the Coastal Starlight from Seattle (departing at 10 am) all the way through to Los Angeles (arriving at 10 pm the next day). We are very familiar...More

3  Thank CMCGREG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took the Coast Starlight for my second time the day after Christmas from Los Angeles to Portland, a 30 hour journey. My first trip was the Starlight's full route to Seattle. Counting 2 trips on the California Zephyr (Emeryville to Denver and Chicago), this...More

11  Thank pillowsofwanderlust
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I hate that I even have to give 1 star. I’m traveling with family on the Amtrak Coast Starlight because we’ve heard such great things about the amazing views. We flew to the Bay Area from LA and then broke the trip back into 2...More

1  Thank TravelingIsFun11
Reviewed 9 December 2017

I took the Coast Starlight from San Jose to Santa Barbara in October. The train left on time and arrived a few minutes early. Staff was very helpful and good. For lunch, I enjoyed dine at your seat meal which included water, a sandwich wrap,...More

2  Thank mini
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Fantastic journey. Booked business class seats. Tons of room, comfortable chairs, lots of power plugs. The observation car and snack shop were great. Dining car is a blast and the food better than expected. You miss the best scenery as the train gets to the...More

3  Thank jweisberger
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

There are many things that are outside of Amtrak’s control, and I do realize that. At one point we ran nearly three hours late because of someone smoking on board, a fire on the tracks, and track repair. All of this is out of the...More

6  Thank Jennifer E
Reviewed 2 December 2017

We took the Coast Starlight from LA to the SF Bay Area largely because plane fares were out of control for Thanksgiving and a sleeper on the train was cheaper (!). We had a family bedroom, which runs the width of the train and was...More

2  Thank artoak
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1 January 2018|
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Response from Michael T | Reviewed this property |
I recommend taking a whale watching boat when you get to California. Go out of Dana Point or Newport Beach depending on where you are heading but most of the harbors have whale watching excursions. Research before coming... More
Dawn H
15 December 2017|
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Response from teamride | Reviewed this property |
I have not traveled business class on the Coast Starlight. My only business class travel has been on the Amtrak Surfliner. I believe the cars are similar. There are fewer seats in business class giving you increased leg... More
Robin R
7 December 2017|
Response from RonH43026 | Reviewed this property |
It was dark for most of our trip from Portland to Sacramento a year ago in late November. Considering that per the schedule you leave Portland at around 2:30pm and arrive in Sacramento just be sunrise at 6:30am, yes you are... More