- Oct 21, 2015
Well VIA only has one train with this type of service, so across multiple trains isn’t a fair comparison.often the same in both directions, and across multiple trains)
This wasn’t the case when I rode VIA, and I don’t think it’s accurate but I don’t know 100%.VIA - Complimentary alcohol (for sleeper passengers) with the meal
When I rode VIA the park car had a plate of shrink-Wrapped snacks and a basket of fruit out. Twice they distributed some plastic shots of champagne.VIA - Appetizers, snacks, drinks distributed to sleeper passengers between meals.
Amtrak - Feel free to visit the cafe car and buy a shrink-wrapped brownie or a can of Budweiser.
This doesn’t really change the amenities, on VIA the domes are just as crowded as the SSL on Amtrak in my experience. A crowded observation car is a crowded observation car no matter the class of passengers.VIA - exclusive dome cars for sleeper passengers (sometimes multiple cars, depending on load)
Amtrak - sightseer lounge free-for-all.
Note - I’m not saying VIA isn’t a good experience, I loved it. You also left out the bedding which is 10 times more comfortable than Amtrak’s bedding. VIA and Amtrak both have pro’s and con’s and they both provide decent long distance passenger train experiences (pre-covid).
I just disagree that they are completely different experiences, that’s all.