This Amtrak review is part of the Whose Land? Iceland Trip Report which covers the following cities:
If you’re going to fly WOW Air from the east coast then your options are Baltimore or Boston. While your flight to Iceland may be cheap, the logistics of getting to these hubs can cut into your savings. I was fortunate enough to find a $60 train from NYC to BWI which I conveniently do not include when I tell people that my ticket to Iceland was only $228.
I have taken trains all over Europe and Asia but had never been on Amtrak before. The trip would take three hours which was fine because it happened to coincide with the NBA Finals (another terrible TPOL sports prediction) and there was free Wi-Fi on board.
In preparation for the journey, I had a few drinks and picked up two Subway foot longs. We left right on time and I immediately switched on the Wi-Fi to watch the game. The next few hours proved to be both uncomfortable and frustrating. The seats were awful and the feed kept going in and out (much like Curry’s jump shot). Frustrated, I switched my Slingbox to audio only and woke up a couple of hours later in the middle of nowhere looking for the airport transport bus to take me to BWI. From there I would catch another bus to the Aloft Baltimore.
Overall, my first Amtrak experience (like this post) was nothing impressive. It departed on time and arrived on time. It certainly did not have the speed of the Asian bullet train nor did it have the mystique of the Euro cars.