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Cheaper trains than Amtrak?
If I were to go from Los Angeles to say Seattle, or somewhere in Oregon, even, are there any cheaper alternatives than using Amtrak?
Greyhound (yuck), one-way rental car, Uhaul, hitchhike, put ad on craigslist for rideshare wanted, fly.
Sure. If you have a drivers license and you're over 25, you can do a drive away car. Basically, car rental companies that rent one way need to get their cars back. So they hire this company to get drivers to drive their cars. You get a certain amount of days you need to return the car by, so you get plenty of driving time, and you have to give a deposit, but you always get it back when you return the car. You don't pay anything for the car, you just drive it back to the specified location. If the auto driveaway is really desperate, they'll even pay for your gas, which would be the cheapest option of all.
Here's the link: http://www.autodriveaway.com/
Although abit "out dated", you could try the Blue Train.
Green Tortise! it may be comparable in price it'd be a heck of a lot more fun.
Originally Posted by Bekologist
I recommend them... here's their website: http://www.greentortoise.com/
It might be worth noting that Amtrak fares more than double in the month or so preceding your trip. It goes up every day you procrastinate.
Book early, early early.
And keep an eye out for insane deals. Those fares are quite limited in number, but 70-80 percent discounts end up being something like $8-10 one way in a lot of cases, which is thoroughly unbeatable.