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Has anyone taken Amtrak recently? Im traveling from NY to Providence by NER and want a row to myself. Ill be leaving on Thursday and returning on Tuesday in mid- September. Is it better to reserve a seat in business class or try for coach

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Ride it almost every week, It’s a low chance you’ll get a seat by yourself in coach unless you are traveling during an unpopular time (especially on a Thursday). Business is typically emptier (again unless it’s peak business traveler times)

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Thats a great idea! Ill check that. Also i meant just my seat and the one next to me (not the full row)

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On a NE Regional train, the usually small cost to choose business class over coach will increase the chances of an empty seat next to you. You can always move around the car if needed as people board and alight, just grab the ticket the conductor puts above you when you move. On the Acelas, business class is the lowest class. They are more expensive than business on a NE Regional. In Acela first class, the seating is in a 1-2 configuration so you have a chance of getting one of the singles if you get on early and not too many folks who boarded south of NY remain in those seats or moved to them. However, Acela First could easily be double or more what NE Regional business can cost, though Acela F includes a meal and alcohol, at least pre-pandemic. I’d go with NE Regional business in your case.

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