Such a deal. For the basic trip your fare is $444.00, not including any meals or beverages. Total travel time is 60 hours and 39 minutes, so you would probably like a sleeping compartment for two nights. These cost $313 per night for a shared compartment. You can stay at a very nice hotel for that price and not have to share the room. The total cost of this trip is over $1,000.
Now, you can drive from Austin to Denver in about 16 hours with gasoline cost of about $150. A stay in a nice motel costs about $150.00 max.
Just what is Amtrak thinking here. I was under the misimpression that they are trying to promote train travel. I can understand the train taking a bit longer, but nearly 4 times longer. I can understand travel costs being higher on the train, but 7 times greater.
I can fly from Austin to Denver in about 90 minutes and pay a one-way fare of about $250.00 – $300. I will need to have someone pick me up from the airport and drop me off at the airport, but I would have the same cost under both alternatives.
Why would anyone take the train? I guess the answer is that Amtrak is subsidized by us taxpayers and could care less.
Does anyone else have an opinion on this?
I just wish we could have a train system like the ones in Europe and parts of Asia.