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
While the Acela Business Class and Northeast Regional Business class do have a bit of extra legroom, the Amfleet 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 the best of what’s there.
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
If you’re looking for more tips like these, check out the complete North American Train Travel Guide.
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