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Amtrak Promotion Codes & Discounts for 2014 Train Travel

Amtrak operates intercity passenger trains including long-distance routes plus regional corridors in the Northeast, Illinois, Michigan, California, and Pacific Northwest. This page lists the latest 2014 Amtrak promotion codes, coupons, deals, and tips for purchasing discount train tickets. Although most Amtrak discounts are available to all passengers booking online at Amtrak.com, please review promotion code terms for eligibility.

Standard Amtrak Discounts (Students, Seniors, AAA, etc.)

These Amtrak discounts apply to all train travel except weekday Acela Express, business class upgrades, and sleeping accommodations, but cannot be combined with promotion codes. Amtrak tickets must be purchased three days in advance for Student Advantage, Veterans Advantage, NARP, and AAA discounts. Reservations can be made by phone (800-USA-RAIL), Amtrak.com, and at stations with ticket agents or Quik-Trak machines.

  • Student Advantage: Save 10% on all Amtrak tickets with Student Advantage -- just $12.50/year after rebate.
    • Special August Offer: Click here to save $10 on your Student Advantage card.
      You will instantly receive a card number that you can use online to save up to 50% on Amtrak tickets, flights, hotels, rental cars, cell phones, movies, the Apple Store, and more. Student Advantage is open to all college and high school students (plus faculty!) ages 16 and up -- even part-time students.
  • AAA: Save 10% with the American Automobile Association (AAA) Amtrak discount.
    • Save an additional 10% on many Amtrak routes September 2 through October 31 when you use your AAA card and book by September 30. See the Amtrak 10+10 Discount Page for details.
  • NARP: Save 10% with National Association of Railroad Passengers membership.
  • Children: Kids 2 to 12 years of age ride 50% off the standard adult fare on most Amtrak trains.
  • Seniors: Travelers 62 and over receive a 15% discount on most trains (excludes Auto Train).
  • Military: US military personnel, plus their spouses and dependents, receive a 10% discount.
  • Veterans Advantage: Save 15% on Amtrak fares with a Veterans Advantage card.
  • Disabilities: Disabled passengers, plus one companion, receive a 15% Amtrak ticket discount.

Advance Purchase Amtrak Discounts

Amtrak tickets are priced using fare "buckets" based on availability. The fare increases to the next bucket as tickets are sold, so you save by booking as early as possible. This is especially true for long-distance routes and holiday travel, where you may need to book months in advance for the lowest fare. Also, promotion codes and advance purchase discounts only apply to trains at the lowest bucket, further limiting last-minute discounts.

Amtrak occasionally runs 3-day online-only sales, providing discounts of up to 50% off (e.g. New York - Philadelphia for $25). There is no advance notice of these sales, so be sure to "like" our Facebook Page for updates.

Additionally, a 14-day advance purchase discount of 25% is always offered on Northeast Regional trains between Boston, Springfield, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Richmond, Newport News, and all intermediate stations. This discount is applied automatically, subject to availability. Only trains selling at the lowest fare bucket receive the advance purchase discount, so book early for the widest selection of trains.

Sample 14-day fares to NYC: Boston ($49), Philadelphia ($39), Washington ($49).

A 14-day advance purchase discount of 25% is also offered on Amtrak Cascades trains between Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and Eugene.

Note: You must select an Adult fare to receive these discounts, then look for available trains in the Saver fare column. If you select Senior, the 15% senior discount will replace the 25% advance purchase discount.

Weekly Amtrak Specials at Amtrak.com SmartFares

Discount Amtrak fares (25% off coach) are available each week on Amtrak.com SmartFares. Every Tuesday, a set of discount Amtrak route segments and dates are posted and announced via our Facebook Page.

To receive the weekly fare discount, you must book between Tuesday and Friday for travel 1-5 weeks in advance. The weekly specials are non-refundable and can only be purchased online at Amtrak.com.

Rail Passes, Stopovers & Multi-Ride Amtrak Tickets

Several discounts are available for frequent Amtrak travel nationwide, within California, and on specific regional routes. Long-distance Amtrak trips involving multiple stopovers will often benefit from a USA Rail Pass. However, stopovers of less than 24 hours are available without charge using the multi-city ticket option on Amtrak.com (see the Amtrak Travel Tips section).

 TIP: Amtrak vouchers for free companion tickets (including Auto Train), plus coupons for business and first class upgrades (including Acela Express), can often be purchased on EBAY at a good price.
  • USA Rail Passes: 15, 30 & 45-day rail passes for travel on any Amtrak route except Auto Train & Acela.
  • California Rail Pass: 7 days of travel during a 21 day period on following routes: Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin, Pacific Surfliner, and Coast Starlight (within California only).
  • Multi-Ride Amtrak Tickets: Discounts for multiple rides within a single period, including ten-ride tickets and unlimited monthly tickets. Not available on Acela Express or long-distance routes.

Save 50% on Companion Amtrak Fares for College Campus Visits in 2014

Note: This Amtrak discount is for high school students only. If you're a college student, we recommend purchasing a Student Advantage Card to receive 10% off all Amtrak tickets.

High school juniors and seniors visiting a college or university with one parent/guardian are eligible to receive 50% off a companion fare. You must make your reservation via Amtrak's Campus Visit Promo Page at least three days prior to travel and present a valid student ID for your discount Amtrak tickets. This offer is NOT valid on Acela Express or Auto Train. Valid for travel through December 19, 2014.

Amtrak Promotion Codes & Coupons for 2014

Most 2014 Amtrak promotion codes require a three-day advance purchase; apply to adult, child, and senior fares only; may not be combined with other discounts (e.g. Student Advantage 10% off); exclude Acela Express; and are subject to blackouts during peak travel periods.

Upcoming Amtrak promotion code blackout dates:
2014: Aug 29, Sep 1, Oct 10, Nov 25-26 & 29-30, Dec 1 & 20-24 & 26-31
2015: Jan 2-4, Feb 13 & 16, Apr 2-3 & 6, May 22 & 25, Jul 2-3 & 5

All Amtrak discounts were revalidated on August 25, 2014.
Subscribe to our Facebook Page for early notice of new Amtrak discounts.

Most Amtrak promotion codes may be used for reservations online (Amtrak.com), by phone (800-USA-RAIL), at a staffed station, or with a Quik-Trak train ticket machine. However, some discounts apply only to Internet or phone reservations as noted in the promotion code restrictions. To obtain a discount online at Amtrak.com, enter the four-character code in the "Promotion Code" field.

Fare Types: Unless otherwise specified, you must select an Adult fare to receive promo code savings. If you select any discount (e.g. Senior, AAA, Student Advantage, Military, etc.), you will not receive the promotional fare.

Availability: Amtrak limits the number of seats available on many discount fares. If you don't see the "Promo Applied" message when selecting a train, you may try an alternate train, date, or code. Trains selling at higher fare buckets (closer to sold-out, thus more expensive) are less likely to be eligible for discount.

Eligibility: Amtrak discounts have been compiled from a variety of sources including Amtrak.com, Amtrak publications, tourism websites, and word-of-mouth. Amtrak coupon codes requiring specific membership or eligibility (e.g. discounts for college students) are identified below. If placing a reservation online at Amtrak.com, you may find that a promotion code is accepted for destinations/dates not specifically identified below. However, it is suggested that you confirm eligibility with Amtrak prior to booking.

NEW ENGLAND Amtrak Promotion Codes & Coupon Code Discounts for 2014

This section covers 2014 Amtrak discounts for the following routes: Downeaster, Vermonter, Ethan Allen Express, Lake Shore Limited, Adirondack, Acela Express, and Northeast Regional. For other rail service in New England, including Boston & Connecticut trains, please see our Passenger Trains pages.

SAVINGS TIP: Don't use the NORTHEAST REGIONAL promo codes if booking at least 14 days in advance. These Amtrak codes will replace the included 25% advance purchase discount described above.

  • MASSACHUSETTS - Companion saves 30% on Northeast Regional & Lake Shore Limited
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 30% to Massachusetts
    Expiration: Book by December 16, 2014. Travel by December 19, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Northeast Regional and Lake Shore Limited (Albany-Boston segment only) trains to/from all cities in Massachusetts including Boston, Route 128, Framingham, Worcester, Springfield, and Pittsfield. Acela Express excluded.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • RHODE ISLAND - Save 30% on a companion fare on Northeast Regional trains
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Visit Rhode Island & Save 30%
    Expiration: Book by December 16, 2014. Travel by December 19, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Northeast Regional trains to/from Westerly, Kingston, and Providence only. Acela Express excluded.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • CONNECTICUT - Save 30% on a companion fare on Northeast Regional trains
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 30% to Connecticut
    Expiration: Book by March 28, 2015. Travel by March 31, 2015.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Northeast Regional trains to/from Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Old Saybrook, Hartford, New London, and Mystic only. Acela Express excluded.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • VERMONT - Save 20% on Ethan Allen Express and Vermonter trains
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Visit Vermont & Save 20%
    Expiration: Book by October 28, 2014. Travel by October 31, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains:
    Ethan Allen trains to/from Rutland and Castleton, plus Vermonter trains to/from St. Albans, Burlington, Waterbury, Montpelier, Randolph, White River Junction, Windsor, Bellows Falls, and Brattleboro, Vermont.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • VERMONT - $12 fare on Vermonter trains *WITHIN* the state of Vermont
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Travel within Vermont for $12
    Expiration: Book by December 24, 2014. Travel by December 25, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains:
    Vermonter trains between Vermont stations only: St Albans, Burlington, Waterbury, Montpelier, Randolph, White River Junction, Windsor, Bellows Falls, and Brattleboro.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: One day.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • FORT TICONDEROGA - Buy-one-get-one-free on Adirondack trains through October
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    V832     Source: New York By Rail
    Expiration:
    Book by October 28, 2014. Travel by October 31, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains:
    Adirondack trains to/from Fort Ticonderoga NY only.
    Additional Terms: Purchase one adult fare ticket at full price to receive free companion fare.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.
     
  • MAINE/BOSTON - Seniors save 50% on Downeaster trains to any destination
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    V543     Source: Amtrak Downeaster Discounts
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: All Downeaster trains EXCEPT trains 685/695 (5pm from Boston).
    Additional Terms: Select the Senior (62+) fare type and enter the promotion code.
    Advance Purchase Requirement: Three day advance ticket purchase required.
     
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MID-ATLANTIC Amtrak Coupon Codes & Amtrak Promotion Code Deals for 2014

This section covers 2014 Amtrak promotions for the following routes: Northeast Regional, Acela Express, Keystone, Pennsylvanian, Empire Service, and Maple Leaf. For commuter railroads and transit in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, please see our Passenger Trains pages.

NJ Transit and SEPTA offer train service between New York and Philadelphia for $25.50 each way. Also, MegaBus and Bolt Bus offer express bus service between these and other cities. For NJ Transit & SEPTA details, plus Bolt Bus & MegaBus discounts, please see the Amtrak Alternatives section.

SAVINGS TIP: Do not use the NORTHEAST REGIONAL coupon codes if booking 14 or more days in advance. These Amtrak codes will replace the automatic 25%-off advance purchase discount.

  • NEW YORK STATE - Save 15% on trains *WITHIN* New York, plus to/from Montreal
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: See New York and Save 15%
    Expiration: Book by May 26, 2015. Travel by May 31, 2015.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Adirondack, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, and Maple Leaf routes to/from all cities within New York, plus Montreal and St. Lambert, Quebec. Note this discount is NOT valid on the Lake Shore Limited.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Five days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • KEYSTONE - Save 40% on a companion fare between NYC, Philly & Harrisburg
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 40% on a companion rail fare
    Expiration: Book by July 30, 2015. Travel by August 2, 2015.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains:
    Keystone Service between New York, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Harrisburg, and all intermediate stations. Suggested destinations at PaTripsbyTrain.com.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • PHILADELPHIA - Save 30% on a companion fare on Northeast Regional & Keystones
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 30% to Philadelphia, PA
    Expiration: Book by December 16, 2014. Travel by December 19, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains:
    Northeast Regionals & Keystones to/from Philadelphia. Acela excluded.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • WILMINGTON - Save 30% on a companion fare on Northeast Regional trains
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 30% to Wilmington, DE
    Expiration: Book by December 16, 2014. Travel by December 19, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Northeast Regionals to/from Wilmington. Acela Express excluded.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • BALTIMORE - Save 30% on a companion fare on Northeast Regional trains
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 30% to Baltimore, MD
    Expiration: Book by December 16, 2014. Travel by December 19, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Northeast Regionals to/from Baltimore. Acela Express excluded.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • BWI AIRPORT - Save 30% on a companion fare on Northeast Regional trains
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
     Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 30% to Annapolis, MD
    Expiration: Book by December 16, 2014. Travel by December 19, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Northeast Regionals to/from BWI Airport. Acela Express excluded.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • WASHINGTON DC - Save 30% on a companion fare on Northeast Regional trains
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
     Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 30% to Washington, DC
    Expiration: Book by December 16, 2014. Travel by December 19, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Northeast Regionals to/from Washington. Acela Express excluded.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • UPDATES: The latest Amtrak promotion codes and discounts are posted on Facebook.

SOUTHEAST Amtrak Coupon Codes & Promotion Code Specials, including Amtrak Auto Train discounts

This section covers 2014 Amtrak discounts for the following routes: Auto Train, Carolinian, Piedmont, Crescent, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, and Palmetto. For other rail services in the Southeast, including Virginia, Atlanta & Miami trains and transit, please refer to our regional Passenger Trains pages.

  • ORLANDO - Save 15% on Silver Service trains to Orlando area stations
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
     Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 15% to Orlando
    Expiration: Book by December 22, 2014. Travel by December 25, 2014.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Silver Star and Silver Meteor to Orlando, Winter Park, and Kissimmee.
    Additional Terms: Requires a free Orlando Magicard printable on the Visit Orlando website.
    Advance Purchase Requirement: Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • NORTH CAROLINA - Kids ride for $5 midweek *WITHIN* North Carolina
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Kids Ride for $5 in North Carolina
    Expiration: Book by August 27, 2014. Travel by August 28, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Carolinian and Piedmont trains between North Carolina cities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday only.
    Additional Terms: Two children (age 2-12) travel for $5 each per accompanying adult.
    Advance Purchase Requirement: One day advance ticket purchase required.
     
  • AUTO TRAIN PROMOTIONS
    As one of Amtrak's most popular long distance routes, there are a limited number of discounts offered for the Auto Train. In most cases you'll find the best fare by simply booking as early as possible and using one of the standard membership discounts (e.g. AAA 10% off).

    The Auto Train is usually included in Amtrak's "Winter Sale" promotion. For 2014, there was a 20% discount when booking in January for travel through April 16. Additionally, Amtrak has run an Auto Train kids fare promotion once a year. In 2014, the discount was a $39 fare (ages 2-12) when booking in April & May for travel in June, July & August. Check back next April for any Summer 2015 Auto Train discounts.

    Upcoming Auto Train discounts will be posted here and on our Facebook Page.
     
  • NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE - Save 20% on coach (or 15% on sleeper) to port cities
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    V234     Source: Norwegian Cruise Line
    Expiration: Book by December 22, 2014. Travel by December 25, 2014.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes: Valid on all routes except Acela Express, Auto Train, Illinois Zephyr, Keystone Service, Lake Shore Limited, Lincoln Service, Missouri River Runner, and Canada service.
    Additional Terms: Valid only in conjunction with a Norwegian Cruise Line itinerary for arrival at the port city at least one day prior to cruise departure. Cruise reservation number required. For reservations with connecting trains/buses, the discount is applied only to the train segment arriving at (and/or departing from) the port city. Code may only be used by phone: 800-USA-RAIL.
    Advance Purchase Requirement: Three day advance ticket purchase required.

MIDWEST Amtrak Promotional Codes & Amtrak Discount Codes for 2014

This section covers 2014 Amtrak promotions for the following routes: Capitol Limited, Cardinal, Hoosier State, City of New Orleans, Texas Eagle, Heartland Flyer, Hiawatha, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Saluki, Illini, Lincoln Service, Missouri River Runner, Pere Marquette, Wolverine, and Blue Water.

  • BLUE WATER - Save 40% on a companion fare on Blue Water trains
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
     Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Save Aboard the Blue Water
    Expiration: Book by September 30, 2014. Travel September 2 through October 1, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Blue Water trains between Chicago, Kalamazoo, East Lansing, Flint, Port Huron, and all intermediate stops.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: One day.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • PERE MARQUETTE - Save 30% on a companion fare on Pere Marquette trains
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
     Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Save Aboard the Pere Marquette
    Expiration: Book by September 29, 2014. Travel September 2 through September 30, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Pere Marquette trains between Chicago, Holland, Grand Rapids, and all intermediate stops.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: One day.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • CHICAGO / MILWAUKEE - Kids ride free on WEEKEND Hiawatha trains this Summer
    Amtrak Promotion Code:
    V671   Source: Amtrak Hiawatha
    Expiration: Book and travel by August 31, 2014.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Hiawatha trains between Chicago, Glenview, Sturtevant, Milwaukee Airport, and Milwaukee on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.
    Additional Terms: Two children (age 2-12) travel free per accompanying adult.
    Advance Purchase Requirement: None.
     
  • ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN & MISSOURI - Save 20% on most Amtrak trains
    Amtrak promotion codes are typically offered January to April for most regional routes in Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri. The latest promos expired April 30, 2014, but some of these routes continue to be discounted 25% on Amtrak's weekly SmartFares.

    Please check back in December for any 2015 discounts for the following Amtrak routes: Chicago-Quincy (Carl Sandburg and Illinois Zephyr), Chicago-St. Louis (Lincoln Service), Chicago-Carbondale (Illini and Saluki), Chicago-Grand Rapids (Pere Marquette), Chicago-Pontiac (Wolverines), Chicago-Port Huron (Blue Water), and St. Louis-Kansas City (Missouri River Runner).
     
  • UPDATES: New Amtrak coupon codes & promotions are posted on our Facebook Page.

WEST Amtrak Promotion Code Deals & Amtrak Discounts for 2014

This section covers 2014 Amtrak discounts for the following routes: Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, plus the following four regional corridors:

  • Pacific Surfliner: San Luis Obispo - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles - San Diego
  • San Joaquin: Oakland - Sacramento - Stockton - Bakersfield
  • Capitol Corridor: Auburn - Sacramento - San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose
  • Cascades: Eugene - Portland - Seattle - Vancouver

Amtrak offers a 25% discount on all Cascades trains when booking at least 14 days in advance. No promotion code is required -- the discounted fare is automatically provided when booking online, by phone, or at any station. Only trains selling at the lowest fare bucket are eligible for discount so you may need to book even more than 14 days out, especially when traveling on popular Friday and Sunday trains.

  • CASCADES - Save 30% between Portland and Eugene
    Amtrak Discount Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Book Now and Save
    Expiration: Book and travel by September 12, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Amtrak Cascades trains between Portland, Salem, Eugene, and all intermediate cities.
    Advance Purchase Requirement: None.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • SOUTHWEST CHIEF & CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR - Save 50% on a companion fare in Oct/Nov
    Amtrak Discount Code:
    Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Book Early and Save
    Expiration: Book by August 31, 2014. Travel October 20 through November 20, 2014.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: California Zephyr trains between Chicago, Denver, Emeryville (San Francisco), and all intermediate stops. Southwest Chief trains between Chicago, Albuquerque, Los Angeles and all intermediate stops.
    Advance Purchase Requirement: Book in August.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • CAPITOL CORRIDOR - Companions travel for just $5 (except Fridays & Mondays)
    Amtrak Discount Code:
    Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Save on the Capitol Corridor
    Expiration: Book by November 12, 2014. Travel by November 13, 2014.
    Terms: Up to five (5) companions travel for $5 each with a full fare adult. Select the 'adult' fare type for all companions -- promo will not apply to already discounted fares (children, AAA, etc.).
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Valid on all Capitol Corridor trains except Train #542 (weekday evening departure from San Jose) and ALL TRAINS on Fridays and Mondays. Also valid on connecting Thruway bus service to San Francisco, Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville, and Colfax only.
    Advance Purchase Requirement:
    One day.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • CAPITOL CORRIDOR - Save 25% to/from Oakland Coliseum-Airport Station
    Amtrak Discount Code:
    V763   Discount Code Source: Amtrak Capitol Corridor
    Expiration: Book and travel by November 1, 2014.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Capitol Corridor trains and associated thruway buses to/from the Oakland Coliseum/Airport Station (adjacent to BART) only.
    Advance Purchase Requirement: None.
     
  • CAPITOL CORRIDOR - Save 25% to/from Santa Clara
    Amtrak Discount Code:
    V544   Discount Code Source: Amtrak Capitol Corridor
    Expiration: Book and travel by April 30, 2015.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Capitol Corridor trains and associated thruway buses to/from Santa Clara, California only.
    Advance Purchase Requirement: None.
     
  • PACIFIC SURFLINER & SAN JOAQUIN - Save 20% to/from Santa Barbara County
    Amtrak Discount Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Take a Vacation from Your Car
    Expiration: Book by December 16, 2014. Travel by December 19, 2014.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin, and associated thruway buses to/from the following Santa Barbara County stations only: Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Surf, Guadalupe, Sana Maria, Solvang, Buellton, and Lompoc.
    Advance Purchase Requirement:
    Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • PACIFIC SURFLINER & SAN JOAQUIN - Save 20% to/from San Luis Obispo County
    Amtrak Discount Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Go Car Free to San Luis Obispo
    Expiration: Book by December 16, 2014. Travel by December 19, 2014.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin, and associated thruway buses to/from San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach, Atascadero, and Paso Robles, California.
    Advance Purchase Requirement:
    Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • COLLEGE STUDENTS - Select university students save 20% on California routes
    Amtrak Promotional Code: Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: College Students Save 20%
    Expiration: This promotion expired June 10, 2014. Please check back for new discounts.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes: Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin, and associated thruways.
    Additional Terms: Student ID required for Amtrak ticket purchase and onboard train. Valid for students at participating universities only: Cal State (Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento, Stanislaus), University of California (Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Santa Barbara), Cal Poly, Fresno City, San Francisco State, and Santa Barbara City College.
    Advance Purchase Requirement:
    Three day advance purchase required.

    Students at all schools can save 10% on all Amtrak routes with a Student Advantage card.
    Membership costs just $22.50, plus you'll receive $10 cash back after your first qualified purchase.
     
  • UPDATES: See our Facebook Page for new Amtrak discounts, promotions, and coupons.

Amtrak Guest Rewards Promotions

Amtrak Guest Rewards is a complimentary program that awards points for Amtrak travel, hotel stays, car rentals, and other purchases. To earn points, you must first sign-up for a Guest Rewards account and provide your member number with every reservation. Points are redeemable for free Amtrak travel (click here for point requirements) and gift certificates and can be easily transferred to rewards programs at several hotels. The latest Amtrak Guest Rewards promotions and specials are listed below:

  • Refer-A-Friend and Earn 500 Bonus Amtrak Guest Rewards Points
    Enter the e-mail addresses of potential Amtrak Guest Rewards members. If a referral joins the program and travels within 90 days, both you and the new member earn 500 bonus points. Referrals must be submitted on the Refer-A-Friend Page.
     
  • Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard with 12,000 Bonus Points
    Earn two points per dollar on Amtrak purchases and one point per dollar on all other purchases. Receive 12,000 bonus points after your first purchase, enough for any single zone round-trip or four round-trips on select Amtrak routes. Click Here for complete details from Amtrak Guest Rewards. Note: Some members may be eligible for additional bonus point offers (16k, 18k, etc.). Login to your Amtrak Guest Rewards account to see if you receive a better offer.
     
  • UPDATES: See our Facebook Page for new Amtrak Guest Rewards promotions.

General Amtrak Ticket & Travel Tips

This section provides many practical tips for making Amtrak reservations. Although route-specific details are beyond the scope of this page, we recommend the following three books for more information.

  • Book Early for Lowest Fare Bucket: Amtrak uses four to five price levels ("buckets") for coach seating and five for sleeper accommodations. With the exception of peak travel times (e.g. Thanksgiving week) when only the highest price bucket may be offered, a percentage of coach seats and sleepers are typically available at lower price buckets when Amtrak tickets first go on-sale 11 months prior to departure. As a train approaches sell-out, Amtrak's yield management system will automatically move to the next higher fare bucket. This can cause Amtrak fares to increase significantly as you approach the departure date. It is suggested that you book as early as possible to the receive cheapest tickets, especially given Amtrak's flexible Refund Policy. An unofficial website, AmSnag, allows one to search a range of dates for the lowest fares, excluding any applicable Amtrak promotions.

  • Avoid Sell-Outs: If you attempt to make a reservation and find that coach or upgrades (business class, first class, sleepers) are sold-out on the desired train, it is suggested that you try the next morning as soon as possible after 4AM ET. Amtrak's reservation system is updated overnight with cancellations, so tickets may become available. If coach is available but upgrades are sold-out, you may wish to make the coach reservation and keep checking with 1-800-USA-RAIL to see if upgraded accommodations can be added. If an upgrade still isn't available prior to departure, you may still be able to upgrade from coach onboard by checking with the conductor regarding no-shows or last minute cancellations.

  • Sleeper Accommodation Pricing: All sleeper accommodations are priced in addition to coach fares and are based on the number of rooms, not the number of passengers. For example, if the coach fare between Points A and B is $100 and a roomette is $250, two passengers could share a roomette for $450 ($100*2 + $250). Both passengers would also be entitled to free meals in the dining car. Note that you are charged the same price for the accommodation regardless of the number of passengers. For more information, see Amtrak's Sleeping Accommodations Page.

  • Free Stopovers & Multi-City Trips: To book a trip with stopovers at the lowest possible fare, use the Multi-City Tickets option at Amtrak.com. If each stopover is less than 23.5 hours (same or next-day), the multi-city fare will be the same as a reservation booked directly from origin to final destination. For example, suppose the fare from New York (NYP) to Washington (WAS) is $49.00. However, one desires an 8-hour stopover in Philadelphia (PHL). Using Amtrak.com's multi-city ticket option, specify two legs for the journey (NYP-PHL and PHL-WAS) with the desired dates/times. If the stopover is less less 23.5 hours, the two-part Amtrak fare will still be $49.00. If the stopover is more than 23.5 hours, the two legs will be priced as separate travel and yield a significantly higher fare. Note: Free stopovers are available on any Amtrak route nationwide with more than one train per day. Free stopovers are NOT available on long-distance routes served by a single train per day, as the required layover will be at least 24 hours. In such instances, the USA Rail Pass may provide the best value.

  • Reservation Changes: Unlike most airlines, Amtrak does not charge a ticket change fee. When changing a reservation, Amtrak will simply charge (or credit) the difference in fare between trains. Keep in mind that Amtrak fares usually rise as the departure date approaches, so last-minute reservation changes may result in substantial charges. Also, if you received a promotion code discount on the original Amtrak reservation that included an advance purchase requirement (e.g. 20%-off), you will lose the discount if changing your reservation after the advance purchase deadline. Reservations made online at Amtrak.com may be changed online if you selected e-ticket delivery (or if physical tickets haven't been printed). Other reservations must be modified by phone (800-USA-RAIL) or at a staffed station.

  • Late Trains & Connections: Amtrak trains on the Northeast Corridor are usually on-time or subject to minor delays of less than 30 minutes. On most other routes, Amtrak trains operate over freight railroads and can be subject to delays as long as several hours due to trackwork and freight train interference. Amtrak publishes monthly on-time statistics for each route that may be helpful in travel planning. Amtrak will only "guarantee" connections with a minimum of 60 minutes (or 90 minutes if connecting from a long-distance train). When a train is late, Amtrak may do one of the following for guaranteed connections: a) hold the connecting train if the delay is minor and there are numerous connecting passengers, b) provide same-day alternative transportation on Amtrak or other carrier, or c) provide hotel accommodations and reservations on the next day's train.

  • Train Status: Train status is available by web (Amtrak.com), phone (1-800-USA-RAIL), and mobile device (Amtrak.mobi). The "Track A Train" feature on Amtrak's website provides a map of all current Amtrak train locations with detailed status information. Train status is also found via text message using a free third party service. Simply text 401-268-7251 (that's 401-AMTRAK-1) with the following: [station code] [train number].  For example, texting PHL 175 provides the status of train 175 at Philadelphia.

  • Wi-Fi Internet: Wireless Internet is available free of charge on the following Amtrak routes: Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Downeaster, Empire Service, Keystone, Vermonter, Ethan Allen Express, Carolinian, Blue Water, Pere Marquette, Wolverine, Illini, Saluki, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Hiawatha, Lincoln Service, Missouri River Runner, Cascades, Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor, and Coast Starlight (sleeping car passengers in Pacific Parlour Car only). Additionally, free wifi is available in select cars on the following routes: Adirondack, Maple Leaf, Pennsylvanian, and Palmetto. Free wifi is also available in the following Amtrak stations: Washington, Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, New York Penn Station, Providence, Route 128 Station (Massachusetts), and Boston South Station (ClubAcela only), plus Auto Train stations Lorton and Sanford. The AmtrakConnect Wi-Fi Page provides additional information.

  • See our Facebook Page for questions, answers, and additional Amtrak travel tips.

Amtrak Contact Methods

Comments and questions regarding this page may be submitted via our contact form. For assistance with Amtrak reservations, travel planning, discount eligibility, and customer service, please use the contacts below.

Amtrak Reservations Phone: 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245), available 24/7.
     For new reservations, changes, cancellations, and train status inquiries.
     Amtrak's automated agent, Julie, can assist with basic reservations and train status.
     Press 0 at any time to speak with a live agent.
     International callers without toll-free access can dial (001) 215-856-7953 from 8:30a to 5:00p Eastern Time.

Amtrak Customer Relations Phone: 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245), press 0, ask for Customer Relations
     For feedback and complaints concerning Amtrak travel, including travel voucher requests.
     Available Monday through Friday, 7a-10p ET.

Amtrak.com: Online Contact Form
     For general comments and questions. Select the appropriate subject to route your request correctly.

Free Amtrak Publications:
Online Request Form
     For requesting timetables, vacations guide, onboard magazines, Auto Train pamphlet, etc. by mail.

Amtrak Guest Rewards Phone:
1-800-307-5000
     For reward travel, points balance, and all customer service inquiries.
     Reward travel with connecting trains, sleeping accommodations, or Auto Train MUST be booked by phone.
     Available 7 days a week, 5a-Midnight ET.

Amtrak Guest Rewards Missing Points: Online Points Request Form
     Request credit for Amtrak tickets that weren't credited within three (3) weeks of travel.

Amtrak Alternatives (MegaBus, BoltBus, NJ Transit / SEPTA)

This section details several Amtrak alternatives in the Northeast. MegaBus and BoltBus offer express bus service between Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, while NJ Transit and SEPTA offer connecting train service between New York and Philadelphia.

MegaBus

MegaBus launched in 2006 and now serves cities throughout the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest. Although slower than Amtrak, subject to traffic delays, and generally less comfortable than train seating/amenities, MegaBus tickets can be considerably cheaper. The following MegaBus routes compete directly with Amtrak's Northeast Regional, Keystone Service, Empire Service, and Downeaster:

  • Boston - Portland
  • Boston - New Haven
  • Boston - New York
  • Boston - Philadelphia
  • Boston - Baltimore
  • Boston - Washington
  • New York - Providence
  • New York - Hartford
  • New York - Albany
  • New York - Syracuse
  • New York - Rochester
  • New York - Buffalo
  • New York - Niagara Falls
  • New York - Philadelphia
  • New York - Pittsburgh
  • New York - Baltimore
  • New York - Washington
  • Philadelphia - Baltimore
  • Philadelphia - Washington
  • Philadelphia - Richmond
  • Philadelphia - Harrisburg
  • Philadelphia - Pittsburgh
  • Baltimore - Washington
  • Baltimore - Richmond
  • Washington - Richmond

MegaBus stops are located at Amtrak stations in Portland, Boston (South Station), New Haven, Philadelphia, Washington, Richmond (Main Street Station), and Syracuse. MegaBus stops in other cities vary from downtown to suburban. Service operates hourly on the most popular routes, roughly the same as Amtrak.

MegaBus fares generally range from $1 to about $75 depending on the route and date of booking. A MegaBus promotion code is NOT required for the $1 fare. There are $1 seats available on every bus, but you may need to book several weeks in advance.

MegaBus promotional codes are infrequent and usually publicized directly at megabus.com. Current MegaBus codes are listed here (when available) and announced via our Facebook Page.

Check megabus.com for details about MegaBus schedules, stations, deals, and other MegaBus promos.

BoltBus

BoltBus launched in 2008 as a joint venture between Greyhound and Peter Pan. Like MegaBus, Bolt Bus offers free wifi and cheaper fares than Amtrak, but is limited to the following routes:

  • New York - Boston
  • New York - Philadelphia
  • New York - Cherry Hill (N.J.)
  • New York - Baltimore
  • New York - Greenbelt (M.D.)
  • New York - Washington
  • Newark - Boston
  • Newark - Philadelphia
  • Newark - Baltimore
  • Newark - Washington
  • Philadelphia - Boston
  • Portland - Seattle - Vancouver

BoltBus stops utilize Amtrak stations in Boston (South Station), New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington. Service is as frequent as every 30 minutes during peak travel times.

BoltBus fares generally range from $8 to $50 depending on destination and date of booking. The cheapest fares will be obtained by booking at least several days in advance.

Check boltbus.com for Bolt Bus tickets, schedules, deals, and bus stop locations. BoltBus coupon code and promotion code discounts are also posted when available.

NJ Transit & SEPTA

NJ Transit and SEPTA operate commuter rail networks in New York and Philadelphia, respectively. By riding NJ Transit's Northeast Corridor Line between New York Penn Station and Trenton, coupled with SEPTA's Trenton Line (formerly R7 route) between Philadelphia 30th Street Station and Trenton, hourly train service is available between New York and Philadelphia.

Although longer and less comfortable than Amtrak, the commuter rail connection has the benefit of lower fares ($25.50 one-way) and flexible ticketing (all trains are unreserved). Joint tickets for NJ Transit and SEPTA trains are available at New York Penn Station as well as all three SEPTA train stations in Center City Philadelphia. Tickets for each direction of travel will come in two parts -- one for NJ Transit and one for SEPTA. Tickets are unreserved and may be used on any train at any time of day.

The table below compares Amtrak with the NJ Transit / SEPTA alternative. Schedules and fares are subject to change. For current train schedules and more information, visit the NJ Transit and SEPTA websites.

  Amtrak NJ Transit / SEPTA
Fare $39 - $149 one-way

$39 (if booked 14 days in advance)
$53 (lowest fare without a promotion)
$75+ (typical if booking day of travel)
 
$24.50 one-way anytime
Travel Time 1:05 - 1:30
 
2:10 - 3:00
Connections Req'd None
 
1 (Trenton, NJ)
Intermediate Stops 1 - 4
 
15 - 24
Frequency Approx. twice per hour
 
Approx. once per hour
New York Station Penn Station (7th-8th Aves. between 31st & 33rd Sts.)
 
Philadelphia Stations 30th St. Station (30th & Market Sts.) 30th St. Station (30th & Market Sts.)
Suburban Station (16th St. & JFK Blvd.)
Market East Station (11th & Market Sts.)
 
Last Train from
New York
Weeknights: 11:15p
Saturday night: 11:05p
Sunday night: 11:58p
 
Weeknights: 10:38p
Saturday night: 11:56p
Sunday night: 10:14p
Last Train from
Philadelphia 30th St.
Every night: 12:13a Weeknights: 12:01a
Saturday night: 12:01a
Sunday night: 11:49p
 
Reservations Reservations req'd (seats unassigned)
 
Unreserved (standing possible at rush hour)
Amenities  - Reclining seats with tray tables
 - Power outlets at every seat
 - Free wifi on all trains
 - Restrooms in every car
 - Food/beverage service in lounge car
    (except Keystone Service trains)
 - Less comfortable commuter train seating
 - Very limited power outlets
 - No wifi
 - No restrooms on SEPTA
 - No food service
   (Dunkin' Donuts, newsstand & pizza at Trenton)

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