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Confused about VIA rail options - upper berth, cabin?

Confused about VIA rail options - upper berth, cabin?

Old Dec 14th, 2014, 05:09 PM
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Confused about VIA rail options - upper berth, cabin?


We're pricing out travel for two adults (a couple) from Vancouver east, and the options to Saskatoon are
Upper berth
Lower berth
Cabin for 1
Cabin for 2

I've read the descriptions and are still confused. What is the difference between getting one upper and one lower berth for us, or a cabin for 2? The cabin for 2 is much more expensive.
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Did you see this website? Basically the berths are in a public car with no private bathroom. The cabins are private roomettes with your own bathroom http://www.viarail.ca/en/resources/cabin-two

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Yes I should have been clearer. I have been to the Via site and understand that upper and lower berths don't offer the privacy of a cabin. But for some of our travel dates, there are
"upper berth" and "lower berth" options , and for some dates there are "upper and lower berth" options in addition to the separate "upper " and "lower" options. And for some dates there are "cabin for 1" options which I assume if we got two of the we'd have separate cabins
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Hi newtome,

I've taken both the upper and lower berth a few times on the Canadian train (as well as twice on the Montreal-Halifax route when they had that option). At night the seats are pushed together and a mattress/blankets are put on which make up the lower berth; the upper berth is pulled out of the "ceiling" of the train...a ladder is needed to access the upper berth. A snap curtain separates the upper berth from the hallway. Although there are technically seats during the day, one can push the seats together to make a makeshift bed (the makeshift bed is the base of the lower berth) to nap on. It's kind of social in the berth area, as well as in the dining & dome car; I've enjoyed my experience every time. While the shower and bathroom are used by other sleeper car passengers, there have been in my experience relatively few people, so there's rarely if ever a wait to use the facilities. Note that for the berth area, the nearest plugs present are in the washroom to charge up your I-Phone, etc....

The lower berth & upper berth passengers mostly have the privileges of the other sleeper car passengers (meals included, access to the dome (with the sparkling wine and appetizers sendoff), games & bar car (with its included cookies, juices, fruit, newspapers, etc...), coffee/water provided.

I'm sure you'll have a great trip whatever you decide.

Best wishes, Daniel
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Old Dec 22nd, 2014, 08:03 AM
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My trips on the Canadian (several) have all been in coach class.
I never got off in Saskatoon. My favorite stops are Jasper and Winnipeg starting from Vancouver. In October 2001 my first trip on ViaRail was from Toronto to Winnipeg.
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