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Amtrak Viewliner Sleeper and Amtrak Sleeper Descriptions

Choosing an Amtrak Sleeper or Room


Some Amtrak sleepers have bathrooms and all can seat and sleep one to four folks. Learn more about sleeper types below the picture.
Picture of Amtrak Viewliner Sleeper Roomette's Bath Facilities

Picture of Amtrak Viewliner Sleeper Roomette's Bath Facilities

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When you buy your Amtrak tickets and choose a berth (a place to park yourself during the trip), you'll choose a coach seat or sleeper. Amtrak sleeping accommodations, or sleepers, are private compartments with seats, beds, doors with curtains and, sometimes, private baths. Sleepers can be had on most long-haul Amtrak routes.

Amtrak Roomettes

Long haul trains generally have double decker Superliner or one-level Viewliner cars. Pictured is a Viewliner roomette on the Laksehore Limited, which was my berth from New York to Chicago on the Lakeshore Limited train -- read about the Superliner roomette on the previous page. Viewliner roomettes sleep and seat two and have a toilet and fold-down sink. Other Viewliner roomette amenities are listed on the previous page.

Amtrak Bedrooms

Bedroom sleepers on Amtrak trains are a step up from roomettes, and have a sofa or bench-like sectional seat for two which converts to a bed, a separate seat or "easy chair," an upper bed which folds down from the wall, and a full bathroom with shower. Meant for two adults but can hold three; family bedrooms (below) are larger.

Amtrak Bedroom Suites

Amtrak bedroom suites, basically two bedrooms combined, are a step up from a bedroom (above) and contain two bathrooms. Meant for four adults but can hold six.

Amtrak Family Bedrooms

Amtrak family bedrooms can hold six people and have no en-suite bathroom facilities; slightly reminiscent of some European train sleepers. Bathrooms and showers at the end of the hall. See a picture of an Amtrak family bedroom sleeper.

Tickets in any Amtrak sleeper provide access to all public cars on the train (some cars are train personnel quarters). In any sleeper, an attendant makes up the beds.

Go on to the next page to see a picture of an Amtrak family bedroom, or move to another Amtrak picture:

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