Posted on: 22 April 2021
If you want to see the countryside and enjoy a nice meal at the same time, then definitely book tickets for a dinner train. You'll spend a few hours on a train, rolling across the land as you're served a delicious meal. This can be an incredible experience, but it is a new experience for most people, so it only makes sense that you have a few questions about it. Hopefully, you find the answers below.
What is the dress code?
Most dinner train tours are considered fine dining experiences. As such, the dress code tends to be semi-formal. There are some tours that are black-tie events, but unless the tour description specifies this, you can assume the dress code is semi-formal. Wear whatever you would wear to a nice restaurant that was not on a train. For men, a suit is ideal, but a nice shirt and tie will do. For women, a casual dress, skirt, or dress pants and a blouse will do.
Will you have to order off a menu?
Typically, dinner trains serve a prix fixe menu. This is a fancy way of saying everyone on the train will be served the same meal. This does not mean you don't have a choice of meal, though. Often, one tour will offer one menu, but the next tour will offer a different menu. So, if you don't like the menu offered on one tour, look at other tours and see what is being served.
How do you balance eating and seeing the sights?
This can be a challenge for some passengers. You have to split your focus between the meal you are eating and the lovely scenery outside your window. Most dining train companies help you maintain this balance by having a tour guide point out interesting sights as you ride. This will prompt you to look out the window at key times. Often, a new course is served when you're at a relatively "boring" part of the ride, too.
Do you need to tip on a dinner train?
If you are pleased with the service, then it is considered proper to leave a tip for the waitstaff. You can typically leave the tip on the table when you leave, just as you would at a restaurant.
Now that your questions about dinner trains have been answered, go ahead and book a tour! You'll have a great time riding and dining.Share