WASHINGTON — For the first time in nearly 20 years, Amtrak is again offering sleeping car service on its Northeast Regional trains between Washington D.C. and Boston. The revived service begins April 5.
While several long-distance trains that travel over the corridor offer sleeping car service, this is the first time since the early 2000s that it will be possible to buy a private room for a trip along the entire stretch of the Northeast Corridor. Spokesperson Kimberly Woods said the service was popular in the past but ultimately canceled due to equipment shortages. But now that can be corrected with the arrival of more Viewliner sleeper cars.
Sleeper service will be offered on the following trains, according to Amtrak.
Train 66 travels daily and departs Washington Union Station at 10 p.m., arriving at New York Penn Station at 1:55 a.m. and Boston South Station at 7:58 a.m.
Train 67 travels Sundays to Thursdays and departs Boston South Station at 9:30 p.m., arriving at New York Penn Station at 2:30 a.m. and Washington Union Station at 7 a.m.
Train 65 operates with slightly different arrival times on Fridays and Saturdays.
“We offer a one-of-a-kind way to reach your destination that is unique to Amtrak,” said Roger Harris, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer at Amtrak. “In addition to all the safety precautions we are taking to make rail travel a safe experience, a private room will enhance the trip and give customers the added benefit of more comfort, space, and privacy.”
Private room customers will be offered complimentary Metropolitan Lounge access at Washington Union and Boston South stations, as well as a complimentary alcoholic beverage upon boarding and continental breakfast before arrival.