Amtrak Prices

I’m planning a trip to San Francisco for Webzine 2005 later this month, and as a good central valley kid, I’m going home to see my parents first. JetBlue had dirt cheap tickets ($200 roundtrip!!) from Dulles to Sacramento, and I can crash with my folks in Davis for a day before heading into the city. Not looking to sit in traffic, I took a look at the Amtrak Capitol Corridor between San Jose and Sacramento. Sure enough, I can get a roundtrip train ticket (and bus transfer into the city) for two people, for $68 between Davis and San Francisco’s Ferry Building. What’s the equivalent here? Well, there isn’t one. One way Metroliner service to Baltimore is $42. per person. For a roundtrip, you’re looking at $168, for two people, or, $100 more.

What gives, Amtrak?

5 Comments so far

  1. darpino (unregistered) on September 7th, 2005 @ 11:25 pm

    Something wrong with the MARC Train?


  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 7:59 am

    No good on the weekends, man. MARC is M-F only.


  3. Rick (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 10:17 am

    What is this absolute bull? Why do you need to take a MetroLiner from DC to Baltimore?? The standard regional service from DC’s Union Station to Baltimore’s Penn Station costs $17 each way on the weekends for a big grand total of $34. So much for journalistic integrity.


  4. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 10:47 am

    Hi Rick, thanks for the comment. There’s a reason it’s bull:

    Stops between DC and Baltimore: 2 (New Carrolton, BWI)
    Stops between Davis and Emeryville: 4 (Suisun, Martinez, Richmond, Berkeley)

    Distance between DC and Baltimore: 47
    Distance between Davis and Emeryville: 66

    DC-BAL: Shitty old train car
    DAV-EMY: Brand new sweet train car

    So, Amtrak West gives you a sweet comfortable ride, further, for the same price as the shitty ride along a shorter distance.

    Besides, the Regional train? ghetto. I’d rather drive.


  5. amtrak vs. oil math (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 4:31 pm

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