Traveling by train has long been this writers favorite form of transportation. Settling in and watching the world roll by gives you time to think and relax. Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to be travel on Amtrak a number of times and even a few times in their Business Class on the Northeast Regional routes. So, I was more than happy to hear that Amtrak is upgrading one of my favorite trains by adding a Business Class car to the train.
The Cardinal (Trains 50 & 51) has long been known as one of the most scenic routes on the national Amtrak network. In January, Amtrak upgraded this route by equipping the train with a Business Class car, it is an even more comfortable way to travel from New York to Chicago, via Washington; through beautiful and historic scenic areas like Charlottesville, Va, White Sulphur Springs, Va.; the rolling hills of West Virginia, traveling through Cincinnati and Indianapolis. The new Business Class service complements the current premium Sleeping Class car service already offered on the route.
Amtrak is now offering their business class for $51 per person (or less), passengers can enjoy bonus Amtrak Guest Rewards® points and the following amenities:
• Spacious leather seats in a car reserved for Business class
• Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages
• Complimentary AmtrakConnect® Wi-Fi as cellular data service permits along the route
• Complimentary access to the Metropolitan Lounge at Chicago Union Station
• Access to Philadelphia’s Club Acela at 30th Street Station for $20 a person
The Cardinal operates three days weekly in both direction offering unforgettable views of the Southeast’s stunning natural beauty. Passengers will see gently rolling horse country, the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley, and the wild white-water rivers of West Virginia as they can only be seen by train. Heading westward, the train rolls along the banks of the mighty Ohio River — from the quaint towns of Ashland and Maysville to the river city of Cincinnati. From there, the journey continues to the skylines of Indianapolis and Chicago. In addition to Business class, Sleeping car upgrades are also available on the Cardinal, as well as Coach class seating that offers more room than almost any other transportation mode.