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    US train travel tipping question

    I'm going from Chicago to Charlottesville by train and have a roomette. It's my first US train travel and I was wondering if I tip the steward and if so, do I tip him after he made the bed, brought food or whatever or do I leave a tip in the roomette like in a hotel room?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ballettmaus View Post
    I'm going from Chicago to Charlottesville by train and have a roomette. It's my first US train travel and I was wondering if I tip the steward and if so, do I tip him after he made the bed, brought food or whatever or do I leave a tip in the roomette like in a hotel room?
    Tip him at your final destination. He'll come around to see if you need help with your bags - I find that's the best time to give it to him. Have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by milanessa View Post
    Tip him at your final destination. He'll come around to see if you need help with your bags - I find that's the best time to give it to him. Have fun!
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    Here's the advice from a train travel advice site:

    Personally, we believe tipping is appropriate, and don't recommend the fourth option. We go with the second one -- tip at the end according to level of service. For reasonable service for (say) 2 nights for a couple in a Roomette, we would tip $20. This is probably the most popular option of those above -- though many people just never even think of tipping the attendant.
    Although the site basically says any option is OK (some prefer to "tip" up front to encourage extra service during the trip and others do it daily).
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    Thanks for the link. It's good to have an idea about the amount to tip as well!

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    Charlottesville!!

    Have a safe trip!

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    It depends on the length of my trip and how much service I recieved (I handle my own bags, eat in the dining car instead of having a meal in my room--I very much recommend this as you meet interesting people this way.) Also, tip the waitstaff in the dining car.

    For long hauls, btw, once you go first class you'll never go back. I had to do it on the Lake Shore once and at Chicago I begged and pleaded for an upgrade for the return until they managed to find a roomette where someone was getting off early in the night. Even the few hours in coach was absolute hell. Never, ever, again. The LSL is so crowded these days, to go to New York for my cruise this summer I'm going via DC instead and taking the regional service to New York. (It's also cheaper that way.)

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