All-aboard The Crazy Train
February 21, 2012 9:39 AM Subscribe
Two adults and a 7-year-old on an 9-hour Amtrak ride from Philly to Fayetteville, NC. Tell us how how to survive and not kill each other.
posted by HeyAllie to travel & transportation (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've done short hops on Amtrak before from Philly up to DC or NY, but this is the first time I've done an extended train ride, much less with my 7-year-old niece bouncing up and down in the seat next to me. So a couple of questions:
Onboard Wifi? How well does it work? Is it free?
We don't have assigned seats (we bought tickets separately). I assume if we get to 30th Street Station early enough, we can pick up the tickets, then board and therefore sit together?
What's the seating like? i.e. two seats side by side? four seats facing each other with a table in-between?
Is the food on board decent? Or are we better off packing a little cooler and bringing it with us? The train departs 30th Street quite early in the morning, so a lot of the good cafes in the station probably won't be open.
What's the cafe and lounge cars like? Is there anything kid-friendly on board that we should know?
Best places to sit?
Anything else we should consider? My niece has been on cross-country flights before, so she is pretty good about traveling, but she's very excited for this particular adventure.