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Amtrak Coast Starlight

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Lakeshore Limited better than California Zephyr (both are good!)

Ok, the California Zephyr we did for over 3000kms over 3 days and 2 nights San Fran (Emmeryville... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Matthew N
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Won't be taking another train trip for a long time

I was really, really looking forward to this trip. It was our first time on a train, and we had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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This Amtrak route goes from Seattle, WA., to Los Angeles.
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good38%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Ok, the California Zephyr we did for over 3000kms over 3 days and 2 nights San Fran (Emmeryville) to Chicago, and while we liked it, it had issues with the bedroom toilet/shower being way too small. We jumped directly onto the Lakeshore Limited from Chicago...More

1  Thank Matthew N
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was really, really looking forward to this trip. It was our first time on a train, and we had done so much research, and watched so many videos about other people's experience with the Coast Starlight. We had booked the Superliner Roomette so that...More

1  Thank ChloeDuvall
Reviewed 1 week ago

Read what pillowsoft wrote and that was an excellent review. I concur on most of what was said. We took the Coast Starlight from SEA to LAX just before the SoCal fires and really enjoyed the trip. We had a deluxe sleeper and, yes, its...More

3  Thank stinkingfishead
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I took a quick trip from Portland to Seattle. We bought business class seats based on the fact we were promised free WiFi, Comfy seats, free water and a dining credit. The train was late so we unfortunately got no daylight hours...More

1  Thank helena218
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommended you consider time of the year, available daylight, and direction traveled before you book... We took the Coastal Starlight from Seattle (departing at 10 am) all the way through to Los Angeles (arriving at 10 pm the next day). We are very familiar...More

4  Thank CMCGREG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took the Coast Starlight for my second time the day after Christmas from Los Angeles to Portland, a 30 hour journey. My first trip was the Starlight's full route to Seattle. Counting 2 trips on the California Zephyr (Emeryville to Denver and Chicago), this...More

14  Thank pillowsofwanderlust
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I hate that I even have to give 1 star. I’m traveling with family on the Amtrak Coast Starlight because we’ve heard such great things about the amazing views. We flew to the Bay Area from LA and then broke the trip back into 2...More

2  Thank TravelingIsFun11
Reviewed 9 December 2017

I took the Coast Starlight from San Jose to Santa Barbara in October. The train left on time and arrived a few minutes early. Staff was very helpful and good. For lunch, I enjoyed dine at your seat meal which included water, a sandwich wrap,...More

2  Thank mini
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Fantastic journey. Booked business class seats. Tons of room, comfortable chairs, lots of power plugs. The observation car and snack shop were great. Dining car is a blast and the food better than expected. You miss the best scenery as the train gets to the...More

3  Thank jweisberger
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

There are many things that are outside of Amtrak’s control, and I do realize that. At one point we ran nearly three hours late because of someone smoking on board, a fire on the tracks, and track repair. All of this is out of the...More

6  Thank Jennifer E
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20 January 2018|
Response from RonH43026 | Reviewed this property |
According to their published schedule, 11:59PM. This is only a "short stop" for the Starlight, so the schedule shows only 11:59PM for both the Arrival and Departure for the north bound train. Note that it is a pretty good... More
1 January 2018|
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Response from Michael T | Reviewed this property |
I recommend taking a whale watching boat when you get to California. Go out of Dana Point or Newport Beach depending on where you are heading but most of the harbors have whale watching excursions. Research before coming... More