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Amtrak Promo Codes & Discounts for February 2016

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 2016 Amtrak promo codes and provides tips for saving on all train travel. Although most Amtrak discounts are available to all passengers booking online at Amtrak.com, please review promo code terms for eligibility.

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

These discounts apply to all Amtrak travel except weekday Acela Express, business/first class upgrades, and sleeping accommodations but cannot be combined with any promo code. Amtrak tickets must be purchased three days in advance for Student Advantage, Veterans Advantage, NARP, and AAA discounts.

  • Student Advantage: Save 10% on all Amtrak tickets with Student Advantage -- just $10 after rebate.
    • February Promo: 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 40% on Amtrak tickets, hotels, rental cars, computers, movies, clothing, and more. Student Advantage is open to all college and high school students (plus teachers / faculty) ages 16 and up -- even part-time students!
  • AAA: Save 10% with the American Automobile Association (AAA) Amtrak discount.
  • 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+ receive a 15% discount (excludes Auto Train). There is no additional AARP discount.
  • Military: 10% discount for military personnel plus their spouses and dependents. No further USAA 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 a train's availability. The fare increases to the next bucket as tickets are sold, so you'll save by booking as early as possible. For long-distance routes, sleeping accommodations, and holiday travel, you may need to book months in advance for the cheapest fare. Also note that promo codes and advance purchase discounts are often limited to trains selling at the cheapest bucket, resulting in even higher last-minute fares.

Amtrak often runs 3-day online sales, offering discounts up to 50% off select cities (e.g. NYC - Philadelphia for $28). Discounted seats sell quickly, so be sure to "like" our Facebook Page for early notice of these deals.

Additionally, a 14-day advance purchase discount of 25% ("Saver Fare") is always offered on Northeast Regional trains between Boston, Springfield, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Lynchburg and all intermediate stations along the Northeast Corridor. This discount is applied automatically when available. Only trains selling at the cheapest fare bucket receive the advance purchase discount, so book early for the widest selection of trains. Sample 14-day fares to/from New York:  Boston ($49), Philadelphia ($39), Washington ($49), Richmond ($71).

Other routes with 14-day advance purchase discounts:

  • Amtrak Cascades 25% off anytime (Vancouver - Seattle - Portland - Eugene)
  • Acela 25% off late night weekdays and all day Saturdays through May 20, 2016 (NYC - Washington)
  • 20% off through June 17, 2016 on the following long distance routes: Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle, City of New Orleans, Crescent, Lake Shore Limited, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star

Weekly Amtrak Specials (SmartFares)

Discounts of 25% are available each week on Amtrak SmartFares. Every Tuesday, a list of discounted Amtrak trains, cities, 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 during the next 1-5 weeks. The weekly deals 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).

  • 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 2016

Note: This Amtrak discount is for high school students only. If you're a college student, we recommend the Amtrak Student Advantage Discount 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 20, 2016.

Amtrak Promo Codes (33) - February 2016

Amtrak offers dozens of promo codes for a wide range of routes and cities. These codes typically provide the best possible savings with discounts ranging from 10% to 50%. Many codes are offered in connection with specific events and are never advertised on Amtrak's own website. This page maintains the most complete list of promo codes collected from a wide variety of sources. To use a promo, simply enter the 4-digit code in the "Promo Code" field at Amtrak.com. In lieu of a code, some promos link to a special page on Amtrak.com.

Amtrak promo code blackout dates for 2016:
Jan 2-3, Feb 12 & 15, Mar 24-25 & 28, May 27 & 30, July 1 & 4,
Sep 2 & 5, Oct 10, Nov 22-23 & 26-28, Dec 21-24 & 26-30

All Amtrak discounts were revalidated on February 1, 2016.
Subscribe to our Facebook Page for early notice of new Amtrak promos.

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: Most 2016 Amtrak promo codes require a 1 to 7 day advance purchase (details specified with each promo). Additionally, Amtrak limits the number of seats available for many promos. 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.

NEW ENGLAND Amtrak Promo Codes & Discounts for 2016

This section covers 2016 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.

NOTE: Northeast Regional codes can't be combined with the 25% advance purchase discount described above.

  • MASSACHUSETTS - Companion saves 30% on Northeast Regional & Lake Shore Limited
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 30% to Massachusetts
    Expiration: Book by December 14, 2016. Travel by December 17, 2016.
    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 Promo Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Visit Rhode Island & Save 30%
    Expiration: Book by December 14, 2016. Travel by December 17, 2016.
    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 Promo Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 30% to Connecticut
    Expiration: Book by August 28, 2016. Travel by August 31, 2016.
    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 Promo Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Visit Vermont & Save 20%
    Expiration: Book by October 28, 2016. Travel by October 31, 2016.
    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.
     
  • MAINE/BOSTON - Buy-one-get-one-free tickets on select Downeaster trains
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    V489     Promo Code Source: Amtrak Downeaster Discounts
    Expiration: Book by December 28, 2016. Travel by December 31, 2016.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains:
    Select Downeaster trains: 681, 683, 686, 688, 691, 693, 696, 698 (these train numbers include morning trains northbound from Boston and late afternoon / evening trains southbound toward Boston)
    Additional Terms: Purchase one adult fare ticket at full price to receive free companion ticket.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.
     
  • MAINE/BOSTON - Save 25% on select Downeaster trains
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    V223     Promo Code Source: Amtrak Downeaster Discounts
    Expiration: Book by December 28, 2016. Travel by December 31, 2016.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains:
    Select Downeaster trains: 684, 686, 689, 694, 696, 699 (these train numbers include afternoon trains southbound toward Boston, plus the 11:00p northbound train from Boston)
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.
     
  • MAINE/BOSTON - Kids ride free on all SUNDAY Downeaster trains
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    V581     Promo Code Source: Amtrak Downeaster Discounts
    Expiration: Book by December 22, 2016. Travel by December 25, 2016.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains:
    Downeaster trains on Sundays only, September through December.
    Additional Terms: Select the Child (2-12) fare type and enter the promo code. Also, must purchase one adult fare Amtrak ticket at full price to receive discount.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.
     
  • MAINE/BOSTON - Seniors save 50% on Downeaster trains to any destination
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    V543     Promo Code 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 promo code.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.
     
  • MONTREAL/ALBANY/NEW YORK - $90 round-trip on Adirondack trains
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    None Required     Promo Source: Amtrak.com: $90 Weekend Getaway
    Expiration:
    Book by April 25, 2016. Travel by April 28, 2016.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains:
    A special $90 round-trip fare is available on Amtrak's Adirondack between New York, Albany, Montreal, and intermediate stops. The discount is valid Thursday through Monday only.
    Additional Terms: The departure and return must occur within five consecutive days (e.g. leave Thursday and return Monday, or leave Monday and return Friday). When booking at Amtrak.com, the full fare is displayed when selecting departing and returning trains. The discount is applied automatically during Step 3 of the booking process.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.
     
  • NORTHEAST REGIONAL Buy-Three-Get-One-Free Winter 2016 Promotion
    See Amtrak Guest Rewards section below.
     
  • ACELA EXPRESS Buy-Three-Get-One-Free Winter 2016 Promotion
    See Amtrak Guest Rewards section below.
     
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MID-ATLANTIC Amtrak Promo Code Deals for 2016

This section covers 2016 Amtrak promo codes 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 (NYC) and Philadelphia for $24.50 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.

NOTE: Northeast Regional codes can't be combined with the 25% advance purchase discount described above.

  • NEW YORK STATE - Save 15% on trains *WITHIN* New York, plus to/from Montreal
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: See New York and Save (I LOVE NY)
    Expiration: Book by May 26, 2016. Travel by May 31, 2016.
    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 Promo Code:
    Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 40% on a companion rail fare
    Expiration: Book by December 17, 2016. Travel by December 20, 2016.
    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 Promo Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 30% to Philadelphia, PA
    Expiration: Book by December 17, 2016. Travel by December 20, 2016.
    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 Promo Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 30% to Wilmington, DE
    Expiration: Book by December 17, 2016. Travel by December 20, 2016.
    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 Promo Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 30% to Baltimore, MD
    Expiration: Book by December 17, 2016. Travel by December 20, 2016.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Northeast Regionals to/from Baltimore. 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 Promo Code:
     Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 30% to Washington, DC
    Expiration: Book by December 17, 2016. Travel by December 20, 2016.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Northeast Regionals to/from Washington. Acela Express excluded.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • NORTHEAST REGIONAL Buy-Three-Get-One-Free Winter 2016 Promotion
    See Amtrak Guest Rewards section below.
     
  • ACELA EXPRESS Buy-Three-Get-One-Free Winter 2016 Promotion
    See Amtrak Guest Rewards section below.
     
  • UPDATES: The latest Amtrak promo codes and discounts are posted on Facebook.

SOUTHEAST Amtrak Promo Code Specials, including Amtrak Auto Train discounts

This section covers 2016 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.

  • AUTO TRAIN - $95 Fare on the Auto Train through May 20
    Amtrak Promo Code: No code or link is required. When booking online, the discounted fare is automatically provided in the 'Saver' fare column on available dates.
    Expiration: Book by February 29, 2016. Travel by May 20, 2016.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Auto Train between Lorton, Virginia and Sanford, Florida.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: 14 days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.

    As one of Amtrak's most popular routes, there are few other 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 included in Amtrak's "Winter Sale" promotion. For 2015, there was a 20% discount ($85 coach fare) when booking in January for travel in February and March.

    The Auto Train is also included in the AAA "10+10" promotion, which provides an additional 10% discount for AAA members. For 2015, this discount was available when booking in April for travel in May and June.

    Additionally, Amtrak has run an Auto Train kids fare promotion once a year. In 2015, the discount was a $29 fare (ages 2-12) when booking in June for travel in July and August.
     
  • ORLANDO - Save 15% on Silver Service trains to/from Orlando area stations
    Amtrak Promo Code:
     Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 15% to Orlando
    Expiration: Book by December 28, 2016. Travel by December 31, 2016.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Silver Star and Silver Meteor to/from Orlando, Winter Park, and Kissimmee, Florida only.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • COLLEGE STUDENT DISCOUNT - Students save 15% on the Carolinian and Piedmont
    Amtrak Promo Code: Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Students Save 15% between NC & NY
    Expiration: Book and travel by June 30, 2016.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes: Carolinian and Piedmont trains between New York, Washington, Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte, and all intermediate stops.
    Additional Terms: Student ID required onboard upon request.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required:
    None.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.

    Students can save 10% on all Amtrak routes with the Amtrak Student Advantage Discount.
    Membership costs just $22.50, plus you'll receive $10 cash back after your first qualified purchase.
     
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MIDWEST Amtrak Promo Code Discounts for 2016

This section covers 2016 Amtrak promos and coupons 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.

  • ILLINOIS - Save 20% on select Amtrak trains in Illinois
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 20% in Illinois
    Expiration: Book by March 30, 2016. Travel by March 31, 2016.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Chicago-Quincy (Carl Sandburg and Illinois Zephyr), Chicago-St. Louis (Lincoln Service), and Chicago-Carbondale (Illini and Saluki).
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required:
    One day.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • MICHIGAN - Save 20% on all Amtrak routes in Michigan
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 20% in Michigan
    Expiration: Book by March 30, 2016. Travel by March 31, 2016.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Chicago-Grand Rapids (Pere Marquette), Chicago-Detroit/Pontiac (Wolverine), and Chicago-Port Huron (Blue Water).
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: One day.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • ST. LOUIS / KANSAS CITY - Save 20% on Missouri River Runner trains
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 20% in Missouri
    Expiration: Book by March 30, 2016. Travel by March 31, 2016.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Missouri River Runner trains between St. Louis, Kansas City, and intermediate stops.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: One day.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • TEXAS EAGLE - Buy-one-get-one-free through March 20
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Buy One Get One Free
    Expiration: Book by March 15, 2016. Travel by March 20, 2016.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: One day.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • UPDATES: New Amtrak discounts and promo codes are posted on our Facebook Page.

WEST Amtrak Promo Code Deals & Discounts for 2016

This section covers 2016 Amtrak promo codes 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 promo code is required -- the discounted fare is automatically provided when booking online, by phone, or at any station. Only trains selling at the cheapest 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.

  • COAST STARLIGHT - Save 50% on a companion fare in May
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Book Early and Save
    Expiration: Book by February 29, 2016. Travel May 1 through May 31, 2016.
    Amtrak Routes/Trains: Coast Starlight trains between Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Sacramento, Oakland, Los Angeles, and all intermediate stops.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: Book in February.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • MONTANA - Save 20% on the Empire Builder to/from Whitefish, Essex & Glacier
    Amtrak Promo Code: Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 20% on Travel to Montana
    Expiration: Book by May 18, 2016. Travel by May 21, 2016.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Empire Builder (Chicago-Portland/Seattle) to/from Whitefish, Essex, East Glacier, and West Glacier, Montana only.
    Advance Purchase Requirement: Three days.
     
  • CASCADES - Save 30% on travel within Oregon
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 30% on Amtrak Cascades
    Expiration: Book and travel by May 31, 2016.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Amtrak Cascades trains between Eugene, Albany, Salem, Woodburn, Oregon City, and Portland only.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required: None.
     
  • CAPITOL CORRIDOR - Companions travel for half price
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Capitol Corridor Friends & Family
    Expiration: Book by December 31, 2016. Travel by January 2, 2017.
    Terms: Up to five (5) companions travel for 50% off with a full fare adult. Select the 'adult' fare type for companions -- promo will not apply to already discounted fares (AAA, etc.).
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Capitol Corridor trains and connecting thruway bus service, excluding trains 523 and 542.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required:
    Two days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • CAPITOL CORRIDOR - Save 25% to San Jose and Oakland
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    Click 'Book Now' at Amtrak.com: Save 25% on the Capitol Corridor
    Expiration: Book by February 27, 2016. Travel February 17 through February 28, 2016.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Capitol Corridor trains and associated thruway buses to/from San Jose and Oakland only.
    Advance Purchase Requirement: One day.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • PACIFIC SURFLINER & SAN JOAQUIN - Save 20% to/from Santa Barbara County
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Take a Vacation from Your Car
    Expiration: Book by December 17, 2016. Travel by December 20, 2016.
    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, Santa Maria, Solvang, Buellton, and Lompoc. Also valid on the Coast Starlight between San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Van Nuys, Burbank, and Los Angeles only.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required:
    Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • PACIFIC SURFLINER & SAN JOAQUIN - Save 20% to/from San Luis Obispo County
    Amtrak Promo Code:
    Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: Go Car Free to San Luis Obispo
    Expiration: Book by December 17, 2016. Travel by December 20, 2016.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes:
    Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin, and associated thruway buses to/from San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach, Atascadero, and Paso Robles, California. Also valid on the Coast Starlight between San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Van Nuys, Burbank, and Los Angeles only.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required:
    Three days.   Other Promo Terms: Online only.
     
  • COLLEGE STUDENT DISCOUNT - Select college students save 20% on California routes
    Amtrak Promo Code: Click 'Book It Now' at Amtrak.com: College Students Save 20%
    Expiration: Book by June 16, 2016. Travel by June 19, 2016.
    Amtrak Trains/Routes: Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor and associated thruways.
    Additional Terms: Student ID required. Valid for students at participating universities only: Cal State (Bakersfield, Channel Island, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Stanislaus), University of California (Merced, Irvine, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego, Davis, Berkeley, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Riverside), Cal Poly, Fresno City, University of the Pacific, University of Santa Clara, Santa Barbara City College, University of Southern California, and Sacramento City College.
    Advance Ticket Purchase Required:
    Three days.
     
  • UPDATES: See our Facebook Page for new Amtrak discounts, promotions, and coupons.

Amtrak Guest Rewards (Free Amtrak Travel)

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 tickets 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:

  • Northeast Regional Buy-Three-Get-One-Free Winter 2016 Promotion
    Take three round-trips (six one-ways) on the Northeast Regional between January 5 and February 29 and earn one free round-trip (two one-ways) redeemable between July 2 and August 31. To qualify, each one-way segment must cost a minimum of $53. To earn up to two free round-trips (four one-ways), you must be an Amtrak Guest Rewards member and register online.
     
  • Acela Buy-Three-Get-One-Free Winter 2016 Promotion
    Take three round-trips (six one-ways) on the Acela between January 5 and February 29 and earn one free round-trip (two one-ways) redeemable between July 2 and August 31. To qualify, each one-way segment must cost a minimum of $90. To earn up to two free round-trips (four one-ways), you must be an Amtrak Guest Rewards member and register online.
     
  • 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.

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.

  • Travel Booking Sites: Amtrak tickets are only sold direct and through select travel agents so there is no need to "shop around" for the best fares. Unlike many airlines, tickets are not discounted via third-party travel booking sites such as Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, or Priceline. Also, Amtrak does not participate in daily deals sites such as Groupon or LivingSocial. Amtrak pricing is the same online, in-station, or by-phone with the exception of online-only promos described above.

  • Best Time To Buy Amtrak Tickets: Amtrak uses four to five price levels ("buckets") for coach seating and five for sleeper acception 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 cheaper 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 buy as early as possible to receive the cheapest train tickets, especially given Amtrak's flexible Refund Policy. An unofficial website, AmSnag, allows one to search a range of dates for the cheapest tickets, excluding any applicable Amtrak promos offered above.

  • Sold-Out Trains: 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 Car Pricing (Roomettes & Bedrooms): 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 for a single passenger between Points A and B is $100 and a roomette is an additional $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 "upgrade" for the accommodation regardless of the number of passengers. For more information, see Amtrak's Sleeping Accommodations Page. Except for the Norwegian Cruise Line discount described above, there are typically no promo codes or other discounts for sleeper accommodations.

  • Free Stopovers & Multi-City Trips: To book a trip with stopovers at the cheapest 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 apply the difference in fare between trains. If you're due a credit as the result of a change or cancellation, this may be applied to an Amtrak eVoucher code or refunded to your original form of payment (see Refund Policy). 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 promo 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. If you need to cancel a reservation

  • 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, Pennsylvanian, Auto Train, Adirondack, Maple Leaf, Vermonter, Ethan Allen Express, Carolinian, Piedmont, Palmetto, 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). 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.

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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, including Amtrak voucher requests for late trains and other service issues
     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
  • Hartford - New Haven
  • Buffalo - Rochester
  • Buffalo - Syracuse
  • Buffalo - New York
  • Buffalo - Philadelphia
  • Buffalo - Baltimore
  • Buffalo - Washington
  • Syracuse - Rochester
  • Syracuse - New York
  • New York - Providence
  • New York - Hartford
  • New York - Albany
  • New York - Rochester
  • New York - New Brunswick
  • New York - Princeton
  • New York - Philadelphia
  • New York - Pittsburgh
  • New York - Baltimore
  • New York - Washington
  • New York - Richmond
  • Philadelphia - Baltimore
  • Philadelphia - Washington
  • Philadelphia - Richmond
  • Philadelphia - Harrisburg
  • Philadelphia - Pittsburgh
  • Newark (DE) - New York
  • Newark (DE) - Philadelphia
  • Newark (DE) - Baltimore
  • Newark (DE) - Washington
  • Newark (DE) - Richmond
  • Baltimore - Washington
  • Baltimore - Richmond
  • Washington - Richmond

MegaBus stops are located at Amtrak stations in Portland, Boston (South Station), New Haven, Albany, New Brunswick (NJ Transit), 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 promo 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. Check megabus.com for details about tickets, schedules, stations, and 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 Northeast 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

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 $7 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 tickets, schedules, stations, and deals.

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 ($24.50 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 - $156 one-way

$39 (if booked 14 days in advance)
$55 (cheapest fare without a promotion)
$78+ (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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