Guide to Fares

Ticket Waivers


Amtrak is waiving all change fees for reservations made with Saver fares through December 31, 2024, including reservations booked with points. A fare difference may apply for itinerary changes. Cancellation fees still apply to fares that have cancellation fees. The removal of some restrictions on Multi-Ride tickets on the Northeast Corridor is extended through December 31, 2024.


When you book your trip through and the app, you have multiple fare options to meet your unique travel needs. Here are some helpful tips on getting the optimal fares:

  • Make your reservations early to get the best fares.
  • Fares are generally higher during holidays and peak travel periods.
  • Fares can vary based on the day of travel and the time of day.
  • Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance of travel.

For tickets purchased via cash, credit card or debit card and issued on or after October 25, 2023, the following terms and conditions will apply, subject to Risk Free Cancellation, Gift Card Reservations and fare rules for tickets purchased using Amtrak Guest Rewards Points.

For tickets purchased through October 24, 2023, see Refund and Cancellation Policy for fare rules.

Coach and Acela Business Class Fares


Flex Fares

For those whose plans frequently change, even at the last minute, Flex fares are the perfect option.

Flex fares are fully refundable and changeable without any fees.

Value Fares

For those who are confident in their travel plans, Value fares are a great option.

Value fares are not changeable and 25% of the ticket value is forfeit upon cancellation.

Sale Fares

Sale fares are an incredible deal and are available on a limited basis during active sales.

Sale fares are not changeable and 50% of the ticket value is forfeit upon cancellation.

Business Class Fares

Including extra legroom and complimentary non-alcoholic drinks on many routes (features vary by train), Business is a great option for both business and leisure travel. Amtrak Guest Rewards members earn a 25% qualifying point bonus for travel in Business Class.

  • Business Class fares are fully refundable and changeable without any fees. 

First Class Fares

Acela First Class

Acela First Class passengers enjoy premium amenities, complimentary onboard food and beverage services and privileged access to ClubAcela lounges. Amtrak Guest Rewards members earn a 50% qualifying point bonus for Acela First Class travel.

  • Acela First Class fares are fully refundable and changeable without any fees.

Private Rooms

Private rooms are the perfect option for customers seeking privacy, space and comfort on both short and long trips, with added amenities when traveling overnight. Several room options are available to best fit your needs and budget — and all include a variety of amenities aimed to enhance your trip.

  • There are no change fees in private rooms; cancellation fees vary based on time before departure.

Amtrak BidUp

Amtrak BidUp is an opportunity to enhance your trip by submitting an upgrade offer or instantly purchase an upgrade to our premium classes of service: Business Class, Acela First Class and private Roomette and Bedroom accommodations. 

  • If your bid is awarded, and your ticket is upgraded, your ticket(s) become fully non-refundable, non-changeable, and non-transferable even if purchased a flexible fare initially. Learn more about Amtrak BidUp.

Applying Discounts

Passenger discounts like Child and Senior are applied automatically when you select them at the beginning of your travel search. Any promotion code discounts will also need to be added during this step so we can provide you the most accurate fares.

When reviewing your journey options, you’ll be able to see price adjustments for applied discounts and promotion codes, special web-only fares, and accommodation charges (where applicable).

Onboard Fares

On most Amtrak trains, the onboard fare is typically higher than the regularly available fare. To secure the best available fare, we strongly recommend purchasing tickets prior to boarding the train.