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Taking Amtrak, looking for advice

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Offline Railroad King

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Taking Amtrak, looking for advice
« on: November 20, 2009, 12:54:41 AM »
A friend and I want to go to Big Bend in January. We live in Houston. Instead of driving we are thinking of taking Amtrak from Houston to Alpine just because we think it would be cool to take a train somewhere and it would save us an 800 mile car trip.

1. Have any of you done this?
2. Can you rent a car in Alpine?
3. Can you get a bus from Alpine to Big Bend?
4. Is hitch hiking feasible/easy in this area? (we've both hitch-hiked before)

Chime in with whatever else you need to say. Thanks! 

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Offline rgibson

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Re: Taking Amtrak, looking for advice
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009, 05:30:17 AM »
A friend and I want to go to Big Bend in January. We live in Houston. Instead of driving we are thinking of taking Amtrak from Houston to Alpine just because we think it would be cool to take a train somewhere and it would save us an 800 mile car trip.

1. Have any of you done this?
2. Can you rent a car in Alpine?
3. Can you get a bus from Alpine to Big Bend?
4. Is hitch hiking feasible/easy in this area? (we've both hitch-hiked before)

Chime in with whatever else you need to say. Thanks! 


1.  Have gone by train from Alpine to San Antonio many times and rented a car to see folks I needed to see in SA, Austin and Houston.  I really do not like to drive and found the train  to be quite refreshing.  Figured I have spent at least 9 months of the last 20 years a-drinvin' to and from the Bend.     2. Do not know if someone is renting cars in Alpine now.  Might be easist to call Chamber or the Airport.  If not, a friend of 40 years moved to Alpine about 15 years ago and has a taxi service.  Name is Bob Brewer.  He is also a resource on hiking the BBNP.  He has done all of the trails in the last 40 years as well as the Apalachian and the Sierras.    3.  No bus see #2.   4.  Folks hitch but do not have any info.     5.  Good luck and Press On.







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Offline dkerr24

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Re: Taking Amtrak, looking for advice
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2009, 08:50:10 AM »
There are a couple of car rental offices in Alpine...  Here's one:

http://www.alpineautorental.com/

Alamo has a office there as well.
« Last Edit: November 20, 2009, 08:52:29 AM by dkerr24 »

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Offline rgibson

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Re: Taking Amtrak, looking for advice
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 02:13:06 PM »
A friend and I want to go to Big Bend in January. We live in Houston. Instead of driving we are thinking of taking Amtrak from Houston to Alpine just because we think it would be cool to take a train somewhere and it would save us an 800 mile car trip.

1. Have any of you done this?
2. Can you rent a car in Alpine?
3. Can you get a bus from Alpine to Big Bend?
4. Is hitch hiking feasible/easy in this area? (we've both hitch-hiked before)

Chime in with whatever else you need to say. Thanks!  

1.  Have gone by train from Alpine to San Antonio many times and rented a car to see folks I needed to see in SA, Austin and Houston.  I really do not like to drive and found the train  to be quite refreshing.  Figured I have spent at least 9 months of the last 20 years a-drinvin' to and from the Bend.     2. Do not know if someone is renting cars in Alpine now.  Might be easist to call Chamber or the Airport.  If not, a friend of 40 years moved to Alpine about 15 years ago and has a taxi service.  Name is Bob Brewer.  He is also a resource on hiking the BBNP.  He has done all of the trails in the last 40 years as well as the Apalachian and the Sierras.    3.  No bus see #2.   4.  Folks hitch but do not have any info.     5.  Good luck and Press On.
if you make to Terlingua and then decide to rent,, Terlingua Auto has a Jeep Liberty for rent.
« Last Edit: November 20, 2009, 02:21:13 PM by RichardM »

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Offline championbaum

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Re: Taking Amtrak, looking for advice
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 08:04:39 PM »
ive hitch hiked down there, but just around the park, and to and from terlingua. it wasn't too bad......

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Offline Railroad King

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Re: Taking Amtrak, looking for advice
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2009, 01:16:01 AM »
Ok thanks for the replies guys, very helpful!

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Offline Txlj

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Re: Taking Amtrak, looking for advice
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2016, 04:35:38 AM »
Alpine has car rentals.
No bus service.
Amtrak  can be expensive to and from Houston.

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