The Brightline Experience
Living in Coconut Grove, I’d spoken to many visitors who’d traveled via Brightline to visit our historic Miami adjacent village on Biscayne Bay. As I quizzed them on their experience, the responses were even more positive than I’d hoped for and had me planning my own trip via Brightline as soon as I could. I decided to take a quick trip to Fort Lauderdale to meet a friend for brunch.
The first step is to visit GoBrightline.com or download their app as I did and book your trip.
From the first step into the Brightline terminal, you realize what a major deal this high speed rail service is for South Florida. The operation is top-notch and sets a new standard for rail service in the US. Brightline offers high speed rail service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. Service to Orlando is planned for 2021!
Brightline is pet-friendly and offers checked baggage and other services — check out their FAQ page for lots of information.
Brightline offers Smart, Smart Plus, and Select classes of service which offer their own respective seating and amenities.
Well appointed departure lounges are provided for the comfort of all Brightline passengers and there’s also a Select Lounge available to those who’ve purchased tickets in the Select section of the train. The Select Lounge offers complimentary beverages, including beer and wine, as well as snacks.
From premium seating to onboard beverage, cocktail, and snack service, it’s almost a shame the Brightline ride is over so quickly. The free WiFi is fast and the well appointed onboard lavatory (with Dyson touchless Wash+Dry faucets) is what one would expert from a premium cabin on an airline; in fact, it’s better than most.
The cheerful train attendants waste no time getting the trolley out into the aisle. I ordered a Tito’s Vodka on the rocks which was complimentary along with snacks . The snacks looked great although I’d already partaken in the spread that greeted me back at the Select Lounge.
Take a ride on the Brightline
Florida visitors and residents alike are loving Brightline. Prior to my trip, I’d spoken to several delighted Brightline customers who’d taken the line to Miami for day trips and long weekends. On the train, the couple across the aisle was traveling from West Palm Beach to Miami for dinner and heading back the same evening on the last train to West Palm.
To book your own trip, go to the Brightline website and/or download their app onto your smartphone.