What is the cheapest way to buy train tickets via the Internet?


Quick Answer

Travellers can find cheap fares on the Internet on Amtrak's website under the Deals tab. Amtrak also offers discounts to children, students, seniors and more. Passengers interested in long-term travel can buy a rail pass, which saves money on travel to multiple destinations.

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Children under 12 years of age always qualify for half-price tickets. Seniors over the age of 62 can receive 15 percent off the lowest fare. Students and AAA members with proper identification can receive 10 percent off their fares. Active military and card-carrying Veteran’s Advantage members and their spouses are also eligible for discounts. For any discounted fares, passengers must provide proof of group membership or age. The discounted fares are not eligible on all train routes and cannot be combined with other discounts.

Passengers with flexible departure dates and destinations can find discounted fares on Amtrak’s website under the Deals tab. These discounts are up to 25 percent off certain routes. Typically the deals must be booked one to two weeks before travel.

For long-term travel, passengers should look into getting a rail pass. A rail pass allows for unlimited travel for a certain number of days. These passes can be significantly cheaper than purchasing individual tickets on the Internet.

Amtrak also provides discounts for groups of 20 or more. Those interested should contact Amtrak’s customer service for more details, as again, not all routes are eligible for the discount. Additionally, Amtrak’s prices are typically lower the further in advance passengers book their tickets.

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