USA by Rail - Amtrak passes

If you plan to take a train tour in the USA or California you get the best deal by planning your rail trip in advance. Amtrak rail passes are a great way to see the all the destinations America. A 15-day, 30-day or 45-day rail travel pass lets you travel among over 500 Amtrak destinations. The California pass lets you explore the state for a 21-day period for $159. Amtrak trains are among the world’s great travel experiences and a rail pass makes them amazingly good value. They are available to citizens of any country, including the USA and Canada, with business class and accommodation upgrades available as well. Full details and current prices can be found in the latest USA by Rail guidebook.

Amtrak rail pass route map

Booking conditions

     * Start date and pick up station is required.
     * Country of residence is not needed. Passport number, expiry date and date of birth is required                 for cross-border journeys.
     * The USA Rail Pass is valid for citizens of any country. USA and Canada residents are also elegible.
     * Not valid on the Acela, Metroliner & Autotrains.
     * One infant (under the age of 2) can travel free of charge when accompanied by an adult (16 years of             age and older).
     * 50% discount for children ages 2-15
     * No peak or blackout dates. Seats are limited.

California The 7-in-21 Day Statewide Pass includes over 90 destinations throughout California.

Some trains, such as the International and Maple Leaf, are operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail. For details of VIA Canrail passes in Canada, see VIA Rail passes


Amtrak rail pass

Passes can be booked on-line. Segments and upgraded accommodations can be requested at time of booking or added later while traveling. One segment equals each boarding and disembarkation of a train or City to City pair. For example, Washington to Chicago with a connection in Pittsburgh would be considered 2 segments. The use of thruway bus services will count as a segment. Sleeping accommodations require an additional charge. Prices are valid all year with no peak pricing supplements.

NARPThe National Association of Railroad Passengers is America’s largest national advocacy organization for train and rail transit passengers. Established in 1967, NARP aims to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the United States and has around 20,000 members, whose benefits include the following:

• 10% discount on most Amtrak rail fares

• Personalized membership card (entitles you to Amtrak discount)

• Grand Canyon Railway discounts – 20% off coach fare and 10% off a vacation package

• One year subscription to the NARP newsletter

• “I’d Rather Be on the Train” bumper sticker

• Information about meetings in your region

For the latest rail passenger news and views, or to join NARP, visit www.narprail.org

 

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