Moving from Virginia to sunny Florida has never been easier. Amtrak’s Auto Train route between stations in Lorton, VA and Stanford, FL currently advertise fares at under $100 for this 900-mile journey. Depending on your date of travel, the cost of your vehicle could be anywhere from $200 to $250, but there are a few key factors to keep in mind before booking your tickets.
When relocating your vehicle with the auto train you are required to accompany the vehicle on its journey. The car is advised to be emptied of your possessions, though this not a requirement, but only for the safety of your possessions because Amtrak will not be responsible for anything lost or stolen. Loading your car with moving boxes and suitcases will be at your own risk and you are not allowed to access your car at any point during the journey.
If you plan it right, the auto train can turn out to be a big money saver whether you’re a single or a family of four. We found a spring deal that offered fares for 2 adults and 2 children at under $300. Even with the addition of the vehicle fee this is significantly cheaper than going through an auto moving professional service for the exact same route by nearly half the amount.
Lastly, this is a non-stop train, so this option is really only beneficial to those relocating from the Washington D.C. area to Florida, but it does save your car from needlessly added miles and wear and tear. Additionally, if you have young children, you won’t need to worry about restless jitters when they’re allowed the freedom to move about or, curtesy of the free onboard WiFi, they can watch their favorite shows or play games on those iPads/tablets we know you have for emergencies.