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Guide to Fares

Saver, Value and Flexible Fares. Travel your way with fare options.

Various Fare Types to Meet Your Travel Needs

Everyone likes choices. When you book your trip through Amtrak.com, you have fare options and the freedom to travel your way. With more booking options, you can choose the best fare type for your travel needs. Plus, you'll be alerted when seat and room inventory is low for the train and fare you're searching, so you'll know when you need to act fast. Here are some helpful tips on getting the optimal fares:

  • Typically, make your reservations early to get the best fares.
  • Fares are generally higher during holidays and peak travel periods.
  • In the Northeast fares typically vary based on the day of travel and the time of day.
  • You can make reservations up to 11 months in advance of travel.

Fare Options

Saver Fares Saver Fares are the lowest available fares and include deeply discounted offers (14-day advance purchase, flash fares, web only). Saver Fares are non-refundable but can be canceled with the ticket value saved as credit in an eVoucher that can be used for future Amtrak travel.

  • Non-refundable
  • eVoucher available: Full value, no fees.

If not canceled before the scheduled departure from the origin ("no show"), the entire amount is forfeited and cannot be applied toward future travel. The Saver Fare is not available on all trains and buses. The number of seats available on each train at the Saver Fare is limited.

Value Fares Value Fares offer several refund options. Value Fare tickets are fully refundable if canceled more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure from the origin but will incur a 10% refund fee if canceled less than 24 hours prior to scheduled departure. Value Fare tickets can be canceled with the ticket value saved as a credit in an eVoucher that can be used for future Amtrak travel.

  • Refundable: Full refund if canceled 24 hours or more before departure. 10% fee charged if less than 24 hours. Unreserved tickets incur 10% fee at all times. 
  • eVoucher available: Full value, no fees.

If not canceled before the scheduled departure from the origin ("no show"), the entire amount is forfeited and cannot be applied toward future travel. The Value Fare is available on all trains and buses. The number of seats available on each train at the Value Fare is limited.

Flexible Fares Flexible Fares are 100% refundable without any refund fee. Flexible Fare tickets can be canceled for a full refund of the ticket value or with the ticket value saved as a credit in an eVoucher that can be used for future Amtrak travel. The Flexible Fare is available on most trains and buses. The number of seats available on each train at the Flexible Fare is limited.

  • Refundable: Full value, no fees.
  • eVoucher available: Full value, no fees.
Premium Service

Premium Services include all upgraded services such as Acela Express First class, non-Acela Express Business class and sleeping accommodations (rooms). Prices for these upgrades are included in your total fare — all the math is automatically done for you, even when you book multiple passengers. Premium service varies by train. The number of Premium seats and rooms available on each train is limited.

  • Refundable — Rooms: 10% fee charged if canceled 15 or more days prior to departure. No refunds if less than 15 days prior to departure.
  • Refundable — Seats: Full value if canceled before departure; 10% fee after departure.
  • eVoucher available — Rooms: Full value if canceled before departure. eVoucher not available after departure.
  • eVoucher available — Seats: Full value, no fees.
Ticket Exchanges and Refunds

Refund rules and options vary by fare type, type of service purchased and when you request a refund. See the Refund and Exchange Policy for more information.

Applying Discounts

When booking a passenger discount other than child or senior discounts (such as student, military and AAA) you will need to use the "Buy Tickets" tab at the beginning of your search. Also, any promotion codes will need to be added during the first step of the booking process to apply to your fare.

In addition to displaying all available travel options for the date(s) you've selected, including total itinerary price, departure/arrival times, duration and transfers, we'll also show you the following price adjustments when applicable:

  • Any discount already applied
  • Accommodation charges (where applicable)
  • Applied promotion codes
  • Special web-only fares
Onboard Fares

On most Amtrak trains, only the full, undiscounted, unrestricted fare will be available for purchase onboard the train. This is regardless of reservations made or fares previously quoted by ticket agents, Amtrak.com or elsewhere. Higher fares usually apply when purchasing tickets onboard the train. To secure the best available fare, passengers should purchase tickets prior to boarding the train.