Ship Packages by Train to Reduce Moving Costs

Your NYC movers will happily move all of your belongings from your old home to your new one.

But sometimes when people out of them home into a smaller home, there are items — such as fine china, silverware, books or electronics — that they don’t want to bring to their new home. Instead, they may want to send somewhere else, such as to relatives or friends living in another city.

If this is the case, one of the best and most affordable options is to send these items by Amtrak train.

Not Just for Travel

When most people think of Amtrak, they picture an intra-city passenger train service that covers most of the country. But one of Amtrak’s little-known services is shipping packages from one city to another for relatively low prices compared to package delivery services like UPS, FedEx, and the US Postal Service.

Now, not all Amtrak stations offer this service, so you will have to check ahead of time to make sure it’s feasible for where you want your packages to go. Regular Express stations will handle packages up to 75 pounds and Heavy  Express stations will accept packages up to 100 lbs and pallets up to 1,000 lbs.

Amtrak primarily is in the business of moving people, not packages. So if you have a lot of packages you want to ship on their passenger trains, you may have to break them up into several trips.

Arrangements at Either End

One option is to deliver your packages to the Amtrak station yourself and arrange for a friend or relative to pick them up once they arrive at their destination.

But there also are local shipping companies you can hire who will make arrangements at either end for transporting your packages.

In some cases, the shipping company may even combine all of your boxes onto one pallet and wrap it up for easier and safer transport.