Amtrak Rail Pass: Is It Right for You?

Amtrak is the US’s most expansive public transportation system, known for its varied reputation. It's not especially cheap, but functional most days.

The USA Rail Pass costs $499 and allows 10 rides within a 30-day period. It’s best for those traveling across multiple states.

The California Rail Pass, at $159, offers seven journeys over 21 days. It's ideal for exploring California's coastal cities without extensive road trips.

Amtrak trains provide limited Wi-Fi, baggage services, dining options, and more. The overall experience is decent, though seat upholstery might be unpleasant.

Amtrak is environmentally friendly and often more affordable than planes or cars. It's best for seasoned travelers who can handle potential platform confusion and odd fellow passengers.