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The Amtrak Auto Train:

Virginia to Florida in Style

If you live in the Northeast, you may want to take a look at the Amtrak Auto Train.  The Train departs from Lorton, Virginia (in the Washington DC area) and arrives in Sanford, Florida (near Orlando).  Meals along the way are included and you can even get a sleeping room for a little bit extra.






 

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Amtrak Auto Train Website  Information about Pricing, vehicle requirements, and more!


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Benefits

Take your car with you without having to drive for hours on end (and without the cost of gas!).  Pack your car up as you would a large suitcase, and enjoy the ride.  The journey can be a fun social event as well.  Explore the train, dine, and play games instead of a long car trip.  This is a great option for snowbirds, because you take your car with you and don’t have to be on the road.

How long does it take?

Amtrak says that rail time is about 18 hours each way.  An additional hour to load and unload the cars may be necessary.


Pricing (Examples for 1 way trip--Please see Amtrak website for exact dates and pricing)

For 2 Adults and a Sleeping area “Roomette” (INCLUDES MEALS and transportation of a standard vehicle):

  1. Bullet$462.00 - $829.00 (Depends on time of year)


For 2 Adults with standard reclining seats (INCLUDES MEALS and transportation of a standard vehicle:

  1. Bullet$338.00 - $724.00 (Depends on time of year)


    Click Here to See Amtrak’s Fare Finder for your desired Dates
















How to Book A Trip

Visit the Amtrak website or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)


The Estimated Bill

Drive Yourself (One Way)

MA To Florida

Requires 3 days of 7 hr drives


$ 200    -Gas     

$ 130    -Meals     

$ 190    -2 nights hotel     


$ 520   Est. Cost to Drive

          

The Estimated Bill

Auto Train (One Way)

VA to Florida


$ 724    -Transport Fee                          


$ 724   Est. Cost for Car and 2 passengers on Auto Train







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ABOVE: Amtrak Train in Motion

LEFT: Cars being loaded at the Station

ABOVE LEFT: Diagram of a “Roomette” Sleeping Room

ABOVE RIGHT: : “Roomette” in Daytime sitting position

Courtesy: Amtrak