March 8, 2017
Help get more bikes-on-trains access by supporting our work with Amtrak. So far, our partnership with Amtrak has helped make it possible for you to carry your bike onto the Vermonter and Capitol Limited, or hand your bike to a baggage handler on any of Amtrak’s 15 long-distance routes with trainside check service.
When you support bikes on trains, you make it possible to create new tools that help unravel the sometimes confusing, complex system of how and where you can ride the rails with your bike. Thanks to you, we recently created a listing (download with this link) of which Amtrak routes allow bikes. We also made an interactive map that lets you overlay Amtrak routes with Adventure Cycling and U.S. Bicycle Routes, so you can create the ultimate rail and road adventure.
Full steam ahead! Help us reach the goal of easy bike access to every Amtrak route at every Amtrak station by donating today!
Then, plan your next road and rail adventure with the help of Johnny Lam, Adventure Cycling tour leader and bike blogger. He posted the following blog last May to encourage people to make a plan for the 2016 Bike Travel Weekend. The 2017 Bike Travel Weekend is happening June 2–4.
Here’s Johnny ...
When bike tourists plan their trips, it often involves a plane ride or even a train ride to get to starting points or to return home. I take the train. Taking the train has so many upsides compared to flying or even driving. Trains typically have more space for you to stretch out, and you can enjoy walking through the cars.
I’ve planned my own trip to include train travel and you can too. Here’s how:
Wondering how to travel by train? Check out this video I made that goes through each step in detail.
Search Google for “nearest train station to [your location name/destination].” Once you have that information, you can go to Amtrak.com and buy your ticket.
The next step is to go to Amtrak.com and buy either a one-way or round-trip ticket. In the video, I go through an example purchase where I show you what each field means and most importantly, how to add a bike to your trip. I then go through the process of reviewing an e-ticket you can use on the train.
In the last step, I show you where to board the train and how to park and secure your bike and bags. You’ll see how Amtrak conductors check the e-ticket, as well as where to sit on a train. I also share some etiquette involved when traveling with your bike, such as letting other passengers get on or off the train first.
With this blog post, I hope you can find your own destinations to explore with the help of Amtrak.
Blog by Johnny Lam. Johnny resides in Los Angeles and produces weekly content related to bike touring for his blog, Milestone Rides. He traveled by bike down the Pacific Coast in 2014, across 10 countries in Europe in 2015, and led an Adventure Cycling TransAmerica Trail trip in 2016.
Top photo Yale Cohen | All other photos by Johnny Lam.
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