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Old 04-17-2012, 05:51 AM   #1381
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Take the email with you (although you may not need it.) When you pull up to the 'guard shack' at the entrance to the autotrain they will hand you your tickets. They have your name on a list and they will have prepared a ticket for you. If you pick up your tickets in advance at you local Amtrak or have them mailed, they are harder to refund or exchange; if you haven't gotten a paper ticket yet, they have a great refund policy. We do this everytime and have never had a problem. Have fun!
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:32 AM   #1382
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In general when I looked up the Amtrak guidelines (for all rides) it said to obtain at a station. However, my confirmatihn states it is not a ticket and you must obtain tickets before boarding. Then it says Exception: paper tickets are not required to board the auto train = check at counter. I just wanted to make sure I am doing all the right things.
yes, your fine. Just bring your print out with you. The first 2 times I had the paper ticket mailed to me. Now I do the "e-ticket" If you need to cancel or change something its much easier to do that if you had your ticket printed.

Also last trip my return train was cancelled so I had to wait almost a month for a refund after I mailed back the ticket. A paperless ticket would of been faster.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:22 AM   #1383
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We are on the Aug 14th train. This is our 9th AT Trip to WDW.


LisaNJ25-- we have stayed at the Comfort Inn in Lorton. It is just on the other side of the highway from the station. It included a breakfast. In the past they offered a discount to Autotrain passengers

Hope this helps everyone. I would be happy to answer any other ?'s you may have.
Thanks.. is that with calling the hotel direct? I was looking a this hotel but they were changing an extra $30 for the rollaway bed for the 5th person When all of the other hotels within the same chain were between 5 and 10 extra.


You so right about delays.. Always have a back up plan just incase. Last trip we didnt get into sanford until 5pm than our return train was cancelled and we had to drive home.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:54 PM   #1384
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LisaNJ25-- yes that was calling the hotel directly. We stayed many years ago so it may have changed. It was just DM and I at the time. you can also check by the potomac mills mall. It is a few more exits south of the station. I thought I saw a few hotels over there.

it is amazing how hotels in the same chain charge so differently. We used our Hilton honors points for a hotel stay in MD in Nov. One hotel was 30,000 points and the other one 15 mins away was 15,000 points. Glad I searched it out bc the 2nd hotel was closer to the college and our point covered one room.

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Old 04-23-2012, 12:44 PM   #1385
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We are planning to drive down from PA in October and then take the AT back...I was just wondering if I book now and they offer the kids for $25 again for those dates will I get a refund?? I have 3 kids so it could some us some $$$, but I hate to wait to book to see if it is offered for Oct. and then have the train be full.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:51 PM   #1386
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We are planning to drive down from PA in October and then take the AT back...I was just wondering if I book now and they offer the kids for $25 again for those dates will I get a refund?? I have 3 kids so it could some us some $$$, but I hate to wait to book to see if it is offered for Oct. and then have the train be full.
I booked in Feb, and called last week to change my kids to the low fare. It only works if you're traveling in coach, so they couldn't change it for me.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:54 PM   #1387
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yes, they will have family cars and than adult only cars. We always book lower level. We are going in August also. This is our 3rd time on the Auto Train.


For those that head to Lorton the day before.. any suggestions on a hotel that wont break the bank for a family of 5?

We are driving down on Saturday.. plan on going into in DC for the day Sunday and we are on the monday train.
Is the lower level better and if so why?

Also are there certain days of the week that it costs less to go on the AT?
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:01 PM   #1388
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I booked in Feb, and called last week to change my kids to the low fare. It only works if you're traveling in coach, so they couldn't change it for me.
Coach just means I have not booked a roomette and only booked regular seats, correct?
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:12 PM   #1389
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Is the lower level better and if so why?

Also are there certain days of the week that it costs less to go on the AT?
Rates change depending on the number of seats that have been sold, even for rooms. If the snowbirds have booked far out, it will be higher.

I've been checking every couple of days for a trip in June that I already booked in June (if the rates had decreased, I could have gotten a refund on the difference). Rates have mostly been going up, but some have gone down. When I changed a fare, I watched a room price decrease, and then go up the next day.

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Coach just means I have not booked a roomette and only booked regular seats, correct?
That is my understanding based on my bookings.
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:17 PM   #1390
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Rates change depending on the number of seats that have been sold, even for rooms. If the snowbirds have booked far out, it will be higher.

I've been checking every couple of days for a trip in June that I already booked in June (if the rates had decreased, I could have gotten a refund on the difference). Rates have mostly been going up, but some have gone down. When I changed a fare, I watched a room price decrease, and then go up the next day.



That is my understanding based on my bookings.
Thanks so much
I'm looking at late October and the rate I get for 2 adults, 3 kids and 1 car is $512 one way. Can anyone tell me if that is on the lower or higher end of what it typically costs?
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:06 PM   #1391
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We are planning to drive down from PA in October and then take the AT back...I was just wondering if I book now and they offer the kids for $25 again for those dates will I get a refund?? I have 3 kids so it could some us some $$$, but I hate to wait to book to see if it is offered for Oct. and then have the train be full.
I have never seem them do that deal in october.. and the deal right now only covers 1 child per adult so your 3rd would be regular price.

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Is the lower level better and if so why?

Also are there certain days of the week that it costs less to go on the AT?
I like lower better since there are less people.

I am leaving in August on a Monday, with the 25 promo covering 2 of my kids I just paid around 460 one way

I want to come home on Saturday Sept 1 and the rates are now 789 on way home. I think we may be driving back .

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Thanks so much
I'm looking at late October and the rate I get for 2 adults, 3 kids and 1 car is $512 one way. Can anyone tell me if that is on the lower or higher end of what it typically costs?
that is lower
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:36 PM   #1392
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I have never seem them do that deal in october.. and the deal right now only covers 1 child per adult so your 3rd would be regular price.



I like lower better since there are less people.

I am leaving in August on a Monday, with the 25 promo covering 2 of my kids I just paid around 460 one way

I want to come home on Saturday Sept 1 and the rates are now 789 on way home. I think we may be driving back .

that is lower
We are planning to drive down from PA to FL and just take the AT home as the drive home last time was so torturous
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Thanks so much
I'm looking at late October and the rate I get for 2 adults, 3 kids and 1 car is $512 one way. Can anyone tell me if that is on the lower or higher end of what it typically costs?
The lowest I've seen since I started watching in Jan for June is: $98 per adult, $49 per kid, $169 for the vehicle, so you're in there.

From what I've read, there is a tradeoff between lower and upper. Restrooms are lower (odor) but the car connections are on the upper level. Many have said that they haven't noticed the odor in lower compartments though.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:33 PM   #1394
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The lowest I've seen since I started watching in Jan for June is: $98 per adult, $49 per kid, $169 for the vehicle, so you're in there.

From what I've read, there is a tradeoff between lower and upper. Restrooms are lower (odor) but the car connections are on the upper level. Many have said that they haven't noticed the odor in lower compartments though.
sorry to be dumb but what do you mean by car connections?
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I could have been clearer.
You can walk from car to car through doors, but only on the upper level.
That's how you get to the dining car and the lounge.
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