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Kennah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-10 04:28 PM
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8. Hard to say
Out of curiosity, I checked out Amtrak and Priceline for me, the wife, two kids and an infant, from Seattle to California (San Francisco by air, Richmond by train) to visit my brother in El Cerrito the first week of December.

$648 by Amtrak via Coast Starlight

$517 by air on Priceline

There are, IMHO, a lot of different pluses and minuses.

By air, it's like a 2 hour flight, but there's gropeage or cancer.

By train, it's about a 22 hour AM to AM ride, there's a lot of time to see the northwest in comfort, meals are better than on a plane, but you're sleeping in your seat rather than a bed. There are sleeper cars, but for a family sleeper car it's a huge jump in price.

I'm inclined to say I'd take the train if at all possible.
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