Train Review: Amtrak’s Auto Train from Virginia to Florida
Did you know Amtrak offers an Auto Train from Virginia to Florida? You can save 900+ miles of wear and tear on your vehicle (each way, mind you!), save on gas, and relax on the way up and down the East Coast!**
The Points Guy ~ ” So you live in the Northeast and want to take the family down to Florida. Do you spend the cash or miles, fly everyone and then rent a car when you land, or suck it up and just drive down I-95? Well, maybe neither.
There’s a third option you’ve probably heard of, but also probably haven’t seriously considered: the Auto Train, where you can ride the rails — with your car. Amtrak has operated an Auto Train for over 25 years between Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida. If you don’t live in Lorton or Sanford (or haven’t flown Allegiant to Central Florida) you may not have heard of either town, but Lorton is just south of Washington, D.C., and the Sanford Auto Train station is about a 45-minute drive north of Disney World.
Video courtesy of Amtrak YouTube channel
The Auto Train doesn’t just allow you to bring your car on the train but actually requires you to bring a vehicle on the journey. If you just want to hop the train between New York and Florida, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star lines are what you’re looking for.
The Auto Train leaves every afternoon from both Lorton and Sanford around 4 p.m., arriving the next morning. While there’s a stop to change crews late at night, the train makes no stops for passengers to embark or disembark along the way. It’s a straight shot that clocks in around 14 hours, though you’re likely to be on the train for closer to 17 hours total.” ~ The Points Guy
Amtrak says it is limiting ticket sales on reserved services to allow for physical distancing, and is offering more trip flexibility in waiving all change and cancellation fees for reservations made by 31 August, 2020. Please check with Amtrak for the latest news and updates before taking your trip. Click the link below to read the full review!
**Please note: Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.