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What are Red Caps?

Red Caps

Assistance with baggage is provided at most large terminals by uniformed Red Cap porters. Amtrak recommends not accepting assistance from anyone other than a Red Cap. A rule of thumb is to tip $1.00 per bag.

How should I dress for a scenic rail trip?

Keeping Clean

If you're taking a scenic railroad trip, wear dark colored, comfortable clothing. The soot from the coal can ruin light colored fabrics.

Am I expected to tip when riding an Amtrak train?


Tipping is not required when traveling on Amtrak but most people do tip staff, waiters, sleeping car attendants and Red Caps. The train operating personnel are never tipped.

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