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Amtrak Coast Starlight

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Business class a huge waste of money

My husband and I took a quick trip from Portland to Seattle. We bought business class seats based... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2018
Port Alberni, Canada
via mobile
Time for a refresh, Amtrak

Highly recommended you consider time of the year, available daylight, and direction traveled before... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
Oak Harbor, Washington
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This Amtrak route goes from Seattle, WA., to Los Angeles.
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 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

5  Thank helena218
Reviewed 4 January 2018

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

8  Thank CMCGREG
Reviewed 2 January 2018

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

30  Thank pillowsofwanderlust
Reviewed 30 December 2017 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

3  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

3  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

4  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

7  Thank Jennifer E
Reviewed 2 December 2017

We took the Coast Starlight from LA to the SF Bay Area largely because plane fares were out of control for Thanksgiving and a sleeper on the train was cheaper (!). We had a family bedroom, which runs the width of the train and was...More

2  Thank artoak
Reviewed 2 December 2017

I like taking Amtrak to travel destinations now that I am retired. The Coast Starlight is my favorite route. Our last trip was from Los Angeles to Emeryville after we transferred from the Sunset Limited. We choose a roomette for the daytime run. We would...More

38  Thank TravelTechPenngrove
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

After minutes of leaving the L.A. depot the coastline appeared and it was magnificent! We rode along the beautiful ocean all day. I took the most amazing photos. After a good nights rest in my seat, which was actually quite comfortable, I was compelled to...More

5  Thank Elizabeth V
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19 February 2018|
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Response from Julie K | Reviewed this property |
Oh im not sure,we just used to to go from anaheim to los angles downt town sorry
17 February 2018|
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Response from RonH43026 | Reviewed this property |
The 1 hour layover in Los Angles would make me nervous, especially since your next train only departs 3 days a week (Sun, Wed & Fri). I've only been on the Starlight once to LAX and it arrived about 30 minutes late... More
17 February 2018|
Response from RonH43026 | Reviewed this property |
It's what ever you want to make it. If you want to go one way, you buy one way tickets between where you want to start and where you want to end up. If you want to return, then you buy round trip tickets. So yes, they will... More