Where Do You Sleep on a Train?

December 12, 2023

When you're on a long train journey, sleep is key. The best way to fall asleep on a train is in a sleeper car, but for those who prefer to travel in regular seats, here are some tips to help you get the restful night's sleep you deserve.

On Amtrak, we offer 4 types of sleeping accommodations - roomettes, bedroom suites, bedrooms and accessible bedrooms that can accommodate one to four people. We recommend booking early to ensure your desired sleeping accommodations are available and you have the best chance of arriving at your destination well rested.

A sleep mask can be a great tool for achieving a good night's sleep on a train. It can reduce the light from other passengers, the glare from windows and the annoying sound of the train horns. It is also useful for keeping your eyelids moist and preventing dryness.

Choosing comfortable clothing for your train trip is also important. You'll want to wear loose-fitting, breathable fabrics such as leggings and a tee. Also, bringing a hoodie is a great idea as it can block out the light and make you look more inconspicuous to thieves or anyone else looking for trouble.

Finally, don't forget to bring a pair of earplugs. Depending on the train and the country you are traveling to, the bumpy ride may keep you awake. And if you're sharing bunk accommodation with other passengers, snoring can be a nuisance too.


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