Is This Singapore Airlines? Travel Blogger Is Amazed By Brightline’s Train Service From Miami

A popular travel blogger took Brightline from Miami for the first time this week, and came away amazed by the service.

One Mile At a Time publisher Ben Schlappig is noted for his reviews of premium airlines around the world, and has published reports on nearly every major airlines’ first and business class after personally flying each product.

Brightline’s service is incredible, he wrote.

On a single 30 minute trip from Miami to Fort Lauderdale, friendly attendants offered hot towels, snacks, bento boxes, and two rounds of drinks. The same service was repeated from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach.

Trains were clean and included wifi, while bathrooms were kept spotless and even had toilet paper rolls with folded triangles. Every employee seemed helpful and happy, according to Schlappig.

MiamiCentral station is so beautiful that it “puts airports to shame,” he wrote. The lounge for Select passengers at the station is better than almost any Admirals Club, he added.

Schlappig paid just $31 for the trip from Miami to West Palm Beach, and wondered how tickets could be sold for so little. The fare includes access to a lounge and might be the least expensive way to book a conference room in Miami, he noted, while the complimentary food and drinks in the lounge and on the train might make it the cheapest happy hour in the city.

Brightline is headquartered in downtown Miami at 3 MiamiCentral, and has commenced construction on a route to Orlando after obtaining financing for it earlier this year. An extension to Tampa is also in the final stages of bidding.

 

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Anonymous
1 year ago

I’m glad he enjoyed the bathrooms and hot towels. However it provides very little utility to residents of Miami. Build the Coastal Link commuter rail line.

Anonymous
1 year ago

So what’s Brightline for??? If I live in WPB and work in Miami , should I spent 60$ a day to
conmute ?
Is it Brightline the tropical version of the Oriental Express?

Anonymous
1 year ago

No more like “It’s a small World after all” sans the boat.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Use tri-rail???

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’s only $60 per day for your commute. It’s a for profit company so that’s what you have.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lol

Anonymous
1 year ago

The trains and stations are beautiful. I don’t think the prices are cheap, but priced correctly. Miami needs a Las Vegas style destination resort casino near that station so that Miami can prosper from tourism.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Casinos don’t belong in Miami urban Core

Anonymous
1 year ago

Miami would benefit more from casinos that it would from you.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Can’t accept an opposing opinion?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Whatsamatter.. can’t accept a truthful retort?

Anonymous
1 year ago

or at least a proper Chik-Fil-A !

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank God that’s under construction. The shitty food cart thing is to hold us all over until the real deal opens

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

Gross. You lost me at ‘casinos’. Casinos are tacky money pits. Miami has much more going for it than Vegas.

Anonymous
1 year ago

No one is saying to turn Miami into Vegas. However, something really high end like the “Wynn” on the Vegas strip would be good for Miami. That area is next to the largest cruise port in the world, connected to MIA via the metrorail. Connected to Ft. Lauderdale, WPB, and soon to be Orlando.

Anonymous
1 year ago

So basically Miami World Center but just need to wait 10 more years

Anonymous
1 year ago

plus 15 more parking garages.

Anonymous
1 year ago

In Boston Wynn wasn’t considered “high class” enough for downtown, nor should it be in Miami. Have some self respect

Anonymous
1 year ago

I guess you never been to the Wynn in Vegas. There is even a Ferrari dealership as part of the retail/casino. You should not make things up or stop drinking.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I live across the street from Gentings property at the Venetia condo…I have been to gentings resorts world in Malaysia and I’m telling you it was well designed and as family friendly as Disney … the casino was elegant and the property was clean and well managed…. I for one have no opposition to Genting building s world class resort there

Anonymous
1 year ago

No casinos please

Anonymous
1 year ago

No crazyass drivers please, but they’re here.

Anonymous
1 year ago

> So Miami *can* prosper from tourism?

Exactly what do you think happens now?

Go home lobbyist.

Anonymous
1 year ago

So because Miami prospers from tourism now, we should leave it at that and not prosper more? Put a casino and tax it. Use the money for more better mass transit and infrastructure upgrade. What do you think many of the wealthy 5 million cruise ship passengers that go through the port of Miami cruise terminal do on those ships?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Nahhh.. they just want you to run around listening to Latin music and buy cheap BS.

Anonymous
1 year ago

How about spending some bucks to improve life for residents and tourists? Expanded Metromover train service north and south to alleviate traffic ? Cleaner streets ? Better utility infrastructure?

Anonymous
1 year ago

I know, right? Shore power and bike lanes along with my cheap dinky little electric bus.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Casinos are never the saviors cities think they are. A tax on the poor and minimal economic infusion. Say no to gambling.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Is there a time limit for how long you can use the lounge for before a trip? Why isn’t it swarmed with coworkers?

TB of Christ
1 year ago

I went on this train along with my father from Ft.lauderdale to Miami to celebrate his birthday. Connected to the metro mover at the suggestion of a very helpful security guard to reach Bayside Marketplace. I really enjoyed the Brightline train experience.The station was very nice and state of the art. I look forward to going again.

Anonymous
1 year ago

My takeaways from the article cum puff piece:

“…and has published reports on nearly every major airlines’ first and business class after personally flying each product.” ** What about the rest of the travelling public that isn’t used to being swathed in lugggggsssssuuurrrry ??!!

MiamiCentral station is so beautiful that it “puts Miami International airport to shame,” he wrote. ** My edit to include the specific airport.

Schlappig paid just $31 for the trip from Miami to West Palm Beach, and wondered how tickets could be sold for so little. **** there’s the tip off that this is a paid shill and propaganda piece.

#FOH

Anonymous
1 year ago

Considering the booze and snacks you get, it is dirt cheap..

Anonymous
1 year ago

cram it all down in 30 minutes ! lmao

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’ve ridden Brightline many times and always gotten the most expensive fare to gain lounge access and get the free wine. I have to say, it is very nice, but not luxury air travel nice. Perhaps this blogger needs to visit a few more lounges and airlines.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They’ve flown nearly every major airlines first and business class. If you don’t know of them, you could always read the entire article.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lol visiting expensive lounges and airlines is all this guy does with his life.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah.. what a life!