How to Travel by Train to Florida

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Beautiful beaches are one reason why people go to Florida by train.
Beautiful beaches are one reason why people go to Florida by train. (Image: florida beachs image by Photoeyes from Fotolia.com)

Florida is known for its sandy white beaches, multiple theme parks and historic sites. A popular spring break destination, and place to get away from the cold weather in the north, people chose to visit Florida for a wide variety of reasons. While many people may fly or drive to Florida, for some people these are not viable options. The train can get you to Florida faster than a car would with the convenience of the plane.

Decide which city in Florida to visit. In 2010, Amtrak has 20 locations in Florida, not counting bus stops. Amtrak has stops in all of the continental 48 states for your convenience, although you may need some form of transportation to get to the station.

Purchase your ticket. You may purchase the tickets online at Amtrak's website or by calling 800-872-7245. Ticket prices will vary, depending on your travel dates, the distance from your location to Florida and any current Amtrak specials that might be running. Depending on the distance you are traveling, sleeper cars may be available. Also, different types of tickets are available for different prices, which include dining and better seating.

Prepare your bags. As of 2010, Amtrak allows passengers to bring two carry-on bags and three checked bags. Each bag may not weigh more than 50 lbs. Dangerous objects like firearms, incendiaries, axes, toxic chemicals and clubs are not allowed on trains. Animals, with the exception of service animals, are also prohibited from the trains. Food and beverages are allowed.

Get on the train. Your train ticket will list your local train station along with the date and time of your train. You will need to check in prior to the train leaving. If you are checking in any bags, you will need to be there at least 30 minutes early. When you order your ticket, you have the option of having it mailed to you via US mail or picking it up at the station either by a Quik-Trak kiosk or from a staff member located at your station.

Dining is available on most trains. Certain tickets include the price of a meal. If yours does not, you may also purchase a meal using a credit card.

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