How to Book Train Travel from Toronto to New York

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Spend a day on the train as you travel from Toronto, past Niagara Falls, and through the Hudson Valley to New York City on Amtrak's Maple Leaf route. During this 12- to 13- hour ride, you'll see that bright lights and tall buildings are not all that New York state has to offer.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with internet access.
  • Choose what form of identification you will be bringing. Since the Maple Leaf crosses an international border, you will need either a passport or a birth certificate and photo ID with you on the train. You will be asked what type of ID you will be bringing when you book your travel.

  • Call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak's web site in the "Resources" section below. On the web site, you can book your train reservations via Amtrak's Fare Finder. You can also navigate the site if you have a PDA, Blackberry or other handheld device.

  • If you ordered your tickets online or by phone, pick them up at a ticket agent or at one of the Quik-Trak kiosks that can be found at many Amtrak locations (you'll need to enter your reservation number). If you've booked your trip far in advance, you can also request that your tickets be mailed to you.

Tips & Warnings

  • There is no checked baggage service on this route, so make sure you don't bring more than you can carry.
  • While there is no dining car on this train, there is a snack car that sells all manner of edible goodies if you get hungry.
  • The identification you bring on the train must be the same identification you said you would bring when you booked your reservations or you will not be allowed to cross the border.
  • There is no guarantee you will be allowed to cross the border, even with proper identification.
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