Trains from Canada Across USA

Feb 28th, 2012, 01:23 AM
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Trains from Canada Across USA

Can any one give me advice on using trains from Toronto to Detroit to visit Ford Factory then on to Salt lake City to catch a tour of Yellowstone from there to Williams junction so we can explore the Grand Canynon We thought we would travel this way so we are not stopping looking for hotels and we could view the country side from the train What is accommodation and meals like of the trains or do we bus the trip?
Alternatively we look at using an RV We ahve decided on a tour of Alaska and then would either catch the train across Canada -Vancouver to toronto
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Feb 28th, 2012, 01:50 AM
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Feb 28th, 2012, 01:53 AM
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RV does work for Alaska
about as cheap as hotels/car rental
from personal experience.
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Feb 28th, 2012, 05:54 AM
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I'm not sure about the following but here it is:

1. Toronto to Detroit - bus only

2. Detroit to Salt Lake City? on Amtrak? don't think so

Detroit to Los Angeles via Chicago connection, very possible, but somewhat expensive for 2 if you want a private room. Private room accommodations include all your food in a sit down restaurant car. Coach seats do not include food. It's about 50 hour trip all together and then add another 3-4 hours for the connection in Chicago. Chicago's Union Station is wonderful and has great food choices as well as bars and just hang out areas so it would not be too bad. The Chicago-Los Angeles train will be ~45 hours or so.

Hope that helps.

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Feb 28th, 2012, 06:09 AM
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Take the ViaRail #71 or #73 from from Toronto to Windsor.
https://reservia.viarail.ca/search/tripresult.aspx?t=D
From Windsor take a taxi through the tunnel into Detroit.
Take an Amtrak train from Detroit to Chicago.
Yellowstone is not near any Amtrak line. Take the California Zephyr from Chicago to Salt Lake City and rent a car for your trips in the west including Yellowstone.
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Feb 28th, 2012, 07:07 AM
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Via Rail operates four trains per day from Toronto Union Station to Windsor (www.viarail.ca). However, once you arrive in Windsor, you have to get across the river to Detroit.

You could take a taxi but I don't know the cost. Whatever the fare, you'd have to double it because the driver can't pick-up a fare on the return, then add the tolls in both directions. There are shuttles from Windsor to the Detroit airport that are $79 for two people. You could contact them to ask if they'd take you to a Dearborn hotel which would be a few miles closer than the airport.

If you stayed at a hotel in Dearborn near the Ford Factory, you could catch the train from there to Chicago without going back into Detroit. Many of the hotels in that area have shuttles that will take you within a couple miles.

With that being said, the train segments between Toronto and Chicago aren't that interesting. Most of trip would be through flat farmland.

You'd have to decide if you wanted to see Salt Lake City or the Grand Canyon via train because they're served by different routes. The California Zephyr travels from Chicago via Denver and Salt Lake City to San Francisco and the Southwest Chief goes from Chicago via Kansas City and Flagstaff to Los Angeles.

If one of your goals is to see the countryside, you should also check the schedules to see where you'd be when it's dark. The Zephyr travels through Utah and and Nevada overnight, so you wouldn't be able to see anything. The Chief is in western New Mexico, Arizona and southern California during the overnight hours.

Finally, when are you planning to make this trip? During the winter, there's always the possibility of severe weather in the mountains or on the Great Plains. Last year, one of the eastbound Zephyrs was 19 hours late arriving in Chicago due to snow in Colorado and Nebraska. While it's an extreme example, it's always a possibility.
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Feb 28th, 2012, 07:43 AM
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There is a tunnel bus operated by the city of Windsor. You'll have to check the map and schedule. http://www.citywindsor.ca/residents/...-and-Maps.aspx
The fare I saw was $2.75 CAD or USD.
Coming back to Toronto you could take the Lakeshore Limited back to Buffalo and get a bus back to Toronto.
Don't take the trip too early or too late or you may be snowed out of Yellowstone and maybe other places.
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Feb 28th, 2012, 07:57 AM
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I didn't mention the tunnel bus because it would entail a bus or taxi from the train station to the tunnel. Then, transferring to the tunnel bus, then another taxi on the Detroit side.
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Feb 28th, 2012, 09:27 AM
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Right you are Citylights. The ViaRail station is 1.7 miles from the Tunnel. The total distance by road is a bit over 7 miles to the Detroit Amtrak station. The first ViaRail train arrives in Windsor after the only Amtrak train (Wolverine) leaves for Chicago so you would have to stay in a Detroit hotel to catch the train at 6:48AM.
If you wanted to skip Detroit, you could get to Buffalo and ride the Lake Shore Limited into Chicago.
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