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Inside Tip: The secret to the best Amtrak Business Class seating
Amtrak is a convenient way of shuttling up and down the northeast corridor, with downtown to downtown service. While most trains offer a Business Class service, you should know that not all Amtrak business class services are the same.
Interestingly, Amtrak runs 3 types of Business Class services in the Northeast Corridor:
- Amtrak Acela Express Business Class
- Amtrak’s Northeast Regional 2×2 Business Class
- Amtrak’s Amfleet Dinette 2×1 Business Class
In this specific post, I’ll be covering what’s considered the best Amtrak seating layout: The Amfleet Dinette.
While the Acela Business Class and Northeast Regional Business class do have a bit of extra legroom, the Amulet Dinette is Amtrak’s little secret – and offered a totally different type of seat.
The Amfleet Dinette is only found on certain train numbers, and the concept is simple: Half of the Cafe car is used as Cafe seating, the other half is 2×1 Business Class seating.
Here, you’ll see the one half – Cafe car seating for use by the entire train.
On the other half, you’ll find Business Class.
Notice that these seats are in a 2×1 layout, halve more legroom, and also have footrests. In addition, the seats recline way more than the average seat, and an included leg rest pops out, nearly mimicking a angled flat business class seat on a major airline.
Included with your ticket is complimentary non-alcoholic beverages (which are steps away thanks to this seating being in the Cafe car) and newspaper. Sure, it’s not like an airline service, but for Amtrak, it’s
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You won’t find these on every Amtrak train, and certainly won’t find them on the pricier Acela Express.
What trains offer this deluxe business class?
- 54/55-56/57 – the Vermonter, serving Washington DC to St. Albans, VT and intermediate stations
- 66/67 – the overnight Northeast Regional, serving Newport News, VA to Boston, MA and intermediate stations
- 42/43/44 – the Pennsylvanian, serving Pittsburgh, PA to New York, NY and intermediate stations
- 89/90 – the Palmetto, serving Savannah, GA to New York, NY and intermediate stations
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