Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak fares’

Amtrak Promoting Kids Travel to National Parks

June 14, 2017

Amtrak is working with the U.S. Department of the Interior to try to boost attendance at national parks and cultural attractions by extending its 75 percent discount to fourth-graders, with the purchase of one regular adult fare.

The discounted fare will be available through Aug. 31 for travel through Sept. 3.

The fares are being offered as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. Families are invited to visit the Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally-managed lands and waters nationwide.

In a news release, Amtrak said it offers service to or near more than 260 national park lands, monuments and historic sites

These include the national parks of Glacier, Grand Canyon and Yosemite.  Amtrak and the National Park Service also work together as part of the Trails and Rails program.

The reduced fares for children require making reservations a minimum of three days before travel. Seats are limited and the offer is valid on all Amtrak trains except Acela Express and Auto Train. Terms and conditions apply.

Downeaster Fares May be Rising

June 7, 2017

Amtrak may raise fare on its Downeastern route. The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which pays for the service, is seeking public comment on the proposed fare hike.

The increase would be $1 one way or all trains and would create a new fare structure for one-way fares on the connecting bus that operates between Boston and Exeter, New Hampshire.

The NNEPR is recommending a $20 increase in monthly pass fares to and from Boston.

The fare increase is expected to increase Downeaster revenue by $287,000 annually.

In part, the fare increase is a response to falling ridership and revenue, which peaked in 2014 at 520,000 passengers and $8.6 million in revenue.

Coments are being accepted through June 25 at info@nnepra.com or at the website www.amtrakdowneaster.com.

Amtrak Promotes Fare Discounts for Summer Travel

June 5, 2017

Amtrak is promoting its discount and family fares as the summer travel season gets underway.

In a news release, the carrier said that its saver fares can save up to 20 percent off ticket prices on many trains.

Everyday discounts include 50 percent off fares for children ages 2-12 and 15 percent for students and senior citizens (ages 62 and above).

Passengers can take their pets along on many trains with cats and dogs weighing up to 20 pounds allowed to ride for up seven hours on most routes.

Bicyclists can take advantage of the carrier’s bikes onboard program.

Auto Train passengers can travel with their personal automobiles, SUVs, motorcycles, small boats or jet-skis.

Discounted Tickets Will No Longer be Sold Aboard Carolinian, Piedmont Trains Effective June 5

May 18, 2017

Amtrak said this week that effective June 5 that discounted fares will no longer be sold aboard the Carolinian or Piedmont trains.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that only the full undiscounted, unrestricted fare will be available for purchase and that conductors will only accept cash payments on board the train.

All Piedmont and Carolinian trains are reserved trains and seating on reserved trains is only guaranteed with a reservation.

Amtrak said passengers wishing to pay with with credit cards can make reservations and obtain eTickets at Amtrak.com, by using the Amtrak mobile apps, or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

eTickets can be printed at home or displayed using a smartphone. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card at stations with Quik-Trak kiosks and at Amtrak ticket offices.

Fare Sale Announced for Hiawatha Service Travel

April 18, 2017

Amtrak has announced a buy one get one half off deal for passengers traveling on Hiawatha Service trains on Saturdays.

In a news release, the rail passenger carrier said that a Chicago-Milwaukee roundtrip for two will cost $75.

Up to two children ages 2 through 12 can ride for half-price with a full fare adult.

Tickets must be purchased online using promotion code V451. Amtrak noted that for those wishing to spend a night on the town, the last Hiawatha Service trains depart Chicago at 10:40 p.m. and Milwaukee at 11:10 p.m.

Passengers wanting to take a bicycle with them may do so for $5 and do not need to place their bike in a box. It can be handed to an Amtrak crew member at the baggage car.

Amtrak Double Days are Back

March 20, 2017

Amtrak is bringing back its double points program for Amtrak Guest Rewards® members.

Between March 20 and May 20, program members can receive double travel points for traveling on Amtrak.

Members must register at AmtrakGuestRewards.com/DoubleDays. Some restrictions apply and fares are subject to availability.

Amtrak Holding ‘Track Friday’ Sale

November 23, 2016

Amtrak is joining the Black Friday madness with a Track Friday fare sale.

Amtrak 3Between Friday, Nov. 25 and Mon day Nov. 28 (Cyber Monday), the passenger carrier is offering 30 percent off for travel between Dec. 10, 2016, and April 9, 2017, throughout Amtrak’s national network.

The fares are only available at Amtrak.com.

Hiawatha Designated Peak, Off Peak Service

October 19, 2016

Amtrak is designating Hiawatha Service trains as peak and off peak. The carrier said in a service advisory that the distinction on the Chicago-Milwaukee route is being done to reduce overcrowding on the busiest trips.

Hiawatha 2Weekday Trains 330, 332, 337 and 339 have the highest ridership and are being designated as peak trains.

Passengers traveling on off-peak trains will pay lower fares, although the advisory did not say what the fare deferential would be.

Amtrak noted that 10 of its 14 weekday trains — and all weekend service — is designated as off-peak.

In a related development, Amtrak has increased the ticket price for monthly and 10-ride passes. However, Amtrak said pass buyers will continued to receive a discount.

Discounted fares are also available for students, veterans, senior citizens, military, AAA members and children under 12.

$5 Kid Tickets Offered for Travel to Missouri State Fair

July 19, 2016

Amtrak is offered a $5 children’s fare keyed to travel to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

The fare applies to up to two children ages 2-12 when accompanied by an adult traveling at the regular fare.

Amtrak Missouri River RunnerThe fares are good on the state-funded Missouri River Runner trains during the fair’s Aug. 11-21 run in Sedalia.

Reservations should be made using discount code V523 through Aug. 20 and must be made at least one day in advance of travel.

Look for the “Deals” tab at Amtrak.com or call Amtrak reservations at 800-USA-RAIL.

The offer is valid for coach seats and is dependent upon availability.

Amtrak’s Sedalia station is located three miles from the fairgrounds and taxi service information will be available on the train and at the station.

The Missouri River Runner also serves St. Louis, Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee’s Summit, Independence and Kansas City.

Amtrak Offering 15% Student Fare Discounts

March 21, 2016

Amtrak has announced that it is offering 15 percent off the lowest available fare for students ages 17-25.

Amtrak logoThe discounted fares, which are effective immediately, will be in effect for the remainder of 2016.

Travel must be booked at least three days in advance at Amtrak.com. Passengers must present a valid photo identification aboard the train.

Fares are subject to availability and other restrictions may apply.