Rail Plus is reporting a surge in the number of Australians booking rail travel in the US, with sales up 36% year-on-year in 2016.

Commercial director Ingrid Kocijan says the dramatic growth has been sparked by Rail Plus’ introduction of an exclusive live connection to the Amtrak system in late 2015, making it faster and more efficient for agents to search, book and ticket point-to-point trips online.

Kocijan said Aussies had embraced Amtrak’s collection of independent rail packages, which combined iconic US journeys with quality hotel accommodation, sightseeing tours, transfers and select meals.

“These packages are really resonating with travel agents because they are easy and quick to book through our dedicated Great Train Journey division, and deliver outstanding margins,” she said.

The most popular Amtrak rail packages include the eight-night ‘Jazz, Blues & Rock ‘n’ Roll’ voyage from Chicago to New Orleans, via Memphis, and the seven-night ‘Pacific Northwest’ from San Francisco to Portland or Seattle.

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