Boston to Washington Sleeper Train
Passengers opting to take the train between Boston and Washington, D.C., will have a long-overdue alternative to the 7-hour daytime journey aboard Acela, Amtrak’s fastest train.
Overnight northbound train No. 66 and southbound No. 67 (No. 65 on Friday and Saturday nights) are scheduled at 9 to 10 hours depending on the direction and day of the week, but beginning April 5, they will each feature a Viewliner sleeper
Boarding customers will get a complimentary continental breakfast box in the evening and may either go to the train’s cafe car for coffee and juice in the morning or have the car’s attendant deliver it. As is the case for Amtrak sleeping car patrons elsewhere, they are also entitled to one free alcoholic beverage.
Although travelers may use the first-class lounges at Boston and Washington before and after the trip, the Philadelphia lounge will be unavailable and New York passengers will need to board through New York’s Penn Station, since the Moynihan Train Hall and its Metropolitan Lounge are closed overnight.
Here is a very comprehensive review of a Roomette, the best value cabin on Amtrak (video from The Elevator Channel):
The reason for the reintroduction of a sleeper service is down the delivery of new Viewliner II carriages which are replacing Viewliners on New York to Florida trains.
The Viewliner shortage has finally been rectified, though the sleeping cars won’t operate south of Washington. Amtrak’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Roger Harris says that the company has recently introduced Viewliner II cars on each departure of New York-Miami Silver Star and Silver Meteor.
Original Viewliners will ply the Boston-Washington overnight route once that service begins on April 5. With the Viewliner IIs finally making their debut on the Meteor and Star, Harris confirms there will be enough equipment to add sufficient capacity once long-distance trains begin running daily, which he says will begin later this spring.
A now hopefully out of date view of Amtrak’s Long Distance Trains – the new administration is making positive sounds in respect of train travel: