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How our preboarding experience compares to other great train stations around the world.
Acela’s first-class riders have the ClubAcela lounge, which is as welcoming as the lobby of an unloved hotel. (Think aging leather chairs and complimentary drip coffee.)
Several types of travelers get access to this Union Station’s new Metropolitan Lounge with TVs, private showers, and wine and cheese. They’re also escorted to trains ahead of everyone else.
Business-class riders on the Eurostar to Paris or Brussels get lounges stocked with snacks, drinks, and reading material, along with special turnstiles that stay open until ten minutes before departure.
Passengers in Japan Rail’s Gran Class get to hang out in the View Gold Lounge, where they’re doted on with tableside service.
Members of ItaliaRail’s frequent-traveler club get a lounge with espresso, designer furniture, and a “Skype room” for long-distance video chats that wouldn’t be so private on a crowded train.
This article appeared in the March 2018 issue of Washingtonian.