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Amtrak Superliner Sleeper and Coach Seat Descriptions

Choosing an Amtrak Seat or Sleeper

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Amtrak's sleepers are small but comfy compartments that can seat and sleep one to four folks. Learn more below this picture of a sleeper car on an Amtrak train.
Picture of Amtrak Superliner Sleeper Roomette

Picture of Amtrak Superliner Sleeper Roomette

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You're reading about buying Amtrak tickets and choosing seats; to jump elsewhere on the train, click numbers above or see the list below.

Choose a seat -- economy coach seat or sleeper -- when you buy your tickets: when your reservation screen pops up on Amtrak.com's website, click on the box that reads "Seat Options" to see prices for sleepers. With two adults traveling, sleepers may be quite inexpensive.

Amtrak Coach Seats

Regular Amtrak seats are in "coach" cars on one side of the train's dining and viewing cars. Some trains' coach seats have legrests, and you'll receive a pillow. Seats are generally two abreast and biiig; recline with your own reading light. Stretch your legs in other public cars.

Amtrak Sleepers

Amtrak private sleeping compartments offer seats, beds, curtained doors and some private baths. Long haul trains generally have double decker Superliner or one-level Viewliner cars. Single or double sleepers, or roomettes, in these cars differ -- see a Viewliner roomette on the next page). Other Amtrak sleepers: bedrooms, suites and family bedrooms.

Roomette amenities:

  • Upper and lower berths
  • Two reclining, facing seats which convert to a bed (upper berth folds down from wall)
  • Electrical outlets and fans
  • Reading lights
  • Closet and coat hooks
  • Fold-down table between seats
  • Meals included in ticket

An attendant will make up your bed in the evening and fold it away in the morning.

Viewliner roomettes (see a picture of an Amtrak Viewliner roomette on the next page) have in-room toilet and sink; otherwise, roomette bathrooms are at the end of the hall or downstairs. Bedrooms, costing more, have showers. Showers are at the end of the hall in Viewliner train cars or downstairs in Superliners.

Go on to the next page to see a picture of a Viewliner roomette's bath facilities, or move to another Amtrak picture:

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