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Instead of catching a red eye, get some shut eye
WASHINGTON – Amtrak Northeast Regional service will now include private rooms, affording customers an opportunity to enjoy a distinctive travel experience. Private rooms will be offered on select trains operating overnight between Washington, D.C., New York, and Boston. Tickets are now available to purchase for travel beginning on April 5.
Train 66 travels daily and departs Washington Union Station at 10 p.m., arriving at New York Penn Station at 1:55 a.m. and Boston South Station at 7:58 a.m.
Train 67 travels Sundays to Thursdays and departs Boston South Station at 9:30 p.m., arriving at New York Penn Station at 2:30 a.m. and Washington Union Station at 7 a.m.
Train 65 operates with slightly different arrival times on Fridays and Saturdays.
“We offer a one-of-a-kind way to reach your destination that is unique to Amtrak,” said Roger Harris, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer at Amtrak. “In addition to all the safety precautions we are taking to make rail travel a safe experience, a private room will enhance the trip and give customers the added benefit of more comfort, space and privacy.”
Sample itineraries with one-way fares for one person traveling in a private room (including continental breakfast) are as low as:
Destinations One traveler
Boston – Washington $288
Philadelphia – Boston $276
Baltimore – New Haven $256
Customers can select from three types of accommodations: Roomettes, Bedrooms and Accessible Bedrooms. Private rooms feature comfortable seating that folds into a bed, newly-upgraded bedding, pillows, towels and linens. A dedicated attendant provides turndown service, assists with meals, and helps with luggage.
An upgrade to a Bedroom offers a trip with twice the space as a Roomette as well as other added amenities including a private shower. Customers can opt to book two adjoining Bedrooms to create a Bedroom Suite for the ultimate private room experience.
Private room customers will be offered complimentary Metropolitan Lounge access at Washington Union and Boston South stations, as well as a complimentary alcoholic beverage upon boarding and continental breakfast before arrival.
Amtrak is leading the way by setting a new standard of travel with enhanced safety and cleaning measures. In an effort to simplify and safeguard the travel experience, several cleaning, contact-free and convenience measures have been implemented into every part of the customer journey, including:
Enhanced cleaning: Amtrak has enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols at stations and onboard our trains.
Face coverings: Per federal law and Amtrak policy, all customers and employees must wear a face mask or covering that fully covers the entire mouth and nose, fits snugly against the side of the face, and secures under the chin at all times while onboard and in stations. Neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, face shields, and masks containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind do not qualify as acceptable face coverings. Face masks can be removed briefly while actively eating, drinking or taking medication. Children under 2 years old are not required to wear a face covering. Refusing to wear a mask is a violation of federal law; passengers may be subject to penalties under federal law, denied boarding, removed from the train and banned from future travel in the event of noncompliance.
Air Quality: All trains are equipped with onboard filtration systems with a fresh air exchange rate every 4-5 minutes.
Physical distancing: Signage indicates safe distances in high traffic areas in our busiest stations and onboard leading up to the café car counter, and protective plastic barriers have been installed at customer counters in stations and at countertops in café cars.
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