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barbszy 06-18-2008 11:38 AM

Sleeping on the train
What's it like to sleep on the train? If you don't get a bunk, do you wake up all sore from sleeping in a seat?

trainlady 06-18-2008 12:22 PM

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Hi Barbszy,
One night trips I do pretty well sleeping in coach seating. The chairs do recline back nicely and there is a foot rest. If I am traveling 2 or 3 overnights I will likely go down to the lounge car one night so I can stretch out on the floor. Not ALL conductors allow this but the ones that do usually say OK as long as you go back to your seat early AM before passengers start gathering in there again. I have also curled up on the floor beneath my seat or stretched out on two seats on the occasions I didn't have someone sitting next to me.
The aisle seat is more comfortable than the window seat for sleeping.

After a 2 or 3 overnight I am READY for a comfy bed to lie in!!!!!!!!!!

I travel coach by preference and budget! If you can afford the sleepers, (they are quite expensive) that is the way to go if you have a family. The price also includes all your meals.


brehartsell 06-20-2008 03:59 AM

I traveled to Florida from North Carolina and we did it at night so that the kids could go to sleep and it was actually pretty enjoyable. Its better to be able to move around and the kids enjoyed being able to walk around the train. Although some parents let their kids walk back and forth through the train constantly and at 1:00 in the morning this can get pretty annoying fast.


Minny 07-07-2008 07:59 AM

I was about 4 yrs old when I went on a train from Michigan to West Virginia.. the old steam engine & have never been on a train since.

KSJEn6891 07-14-2008 01:17 PM

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Originally Posted by barbszy
What's it like to sleep on the train? If you don't get a bunk, do you wake up all sore from sleeping in a seat?

I have had the great pleasure of traveling by train for both pleasure, and non-pleasure, and not including commuter train. The first tarin travel I did, was in 1997 w/my husband and we had a sleeper with out the attached bathroom, so it was quite an expierence! I found the sleeper to be difficult to sleep in for a few reasons, they being: I am much to tall (5' 5.5") to be sleeping in the top bunk (about 6" or so of space between bunk and ceiling, but not more then a foot), and the fold down/out table setting fit my hubby and I like we were trying to share a twin bed...Needless to say both spots made it difficult for anyone to roll over. At least neither of us had to drive so we both could enjoy the 24 X 7 scenery from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angelas, CA and Seattle, WA to Chicago, Illinois. The second trip wa in 1998, and I was traveling alone from Illinois to Washington for my grandfather...and I was traveling by chair, which by the way reclined enough to be comfortable for sleeping pleasures. I still had difficulties rolling over, but I personally found the chair to be more comfortable then the sleeper car was.
The only two perks I found for using the sleeper cars is if you have a need for private bath and/or have young children traveling with you. The other small perk is having meals delivered to your room - especially for travelers who have difficulties walking from car-car.

Great question though!

trainlady 07-16-2008 02:57 PM

Thanks to both of you for sharing your train experiences. Great picture, Jen!
And Jen, my favorite train, the "Coast Starlight" goes through your beautiful state of Washington!


panadero 11-18-2011 05:08 AM

sleeping on the train
I would recommend gettting an body length inflatble support for flight/train travel. You can purchase them at a marchalls or Tj max in the lugguage section. Your back need support when you sleep on a train.

Bilby 11-19-2011 10:27 PM

I can't sleep sitting up so there'd be not sleep for me unless I lie down.

MomKelly 12-09-2011 08:21 PM

Get one of those next rests so your head doesn't roll around and you'll sleet just fine in your seat. That's tolerable for one night or for napping

MomKelly 12-09-2011 08:22 PM

I meant neck collar.

Babystar 03-01-2012 02:53 PM

During our family vacation to Europe, we took the night train to get from country to country. It was a great way to kill two birds with one stone: A. we didn't have to pay for hotels B. we spent the tedious moments traveling many hours across country boundaries sleeping. I forget the name of the type of "seats" we got, but basically they could be used during the day, and then folded down to become beds at night. It was a little bit tight because we were squeezing 4 of us in there, but we made it work :)

cat lover 12-01-2016 11:54 PM

Anyone going on a train trip?

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