Gerry Barker’s Experience on the Brightline Inter-City Rail Line


In previous posts I’ve extolled the virtues of Brightline (soon to be Virgin Trains), the nation’s only private, iner-city rail line. If you live in South Florida, like Pam and I do, it’s the best way to get to the ports at Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, hands down.

Recently, Brightline gave passengers more reasons to go by train with the launch of its new Train-to-Port packages. A typical package includes train tickets, parking at a Brightline station, one checked bag per person, a complimentary, pre-departure Mimosa, a seat in SMART Business class and a Lyft ride to the port. Prices start at $65 for two persons.

For passengers on MSC, it gets even better, said Michael Hicks, director of media relations for Brightline. “Along with all the other benefits of our Train-to-Port packages, cruisers on MSC can have their bags delivered directly to their staterooms.” Hicks said they are in talks to extend that service to all the major cruise lines.

Currently, Brightline has stations in West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, with service to Orlando underway, launching in 2021 or 2022. Hicks said discussions are also ongoing to add stations in Boca Raton and Aventura, as well as extending service directly to the Port of Miami. On the latter, he said it’s “very close.”

Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, a minority investor in Brightline, has its own cruise line debuting next April — Virgin Voyages, with a terminal currently under construction at Port Miami. Regardless of what cruise line you take, it’s a marriage made in heaven for cruise travelers.

Read an earlier post on Brightline HERE:

Story and photo courtesy of Gerry Barker. 

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