Children's Policy

Children Ages 2 - 12 Save 50%

One child aged 2-12 iseligible to receive a 50% discount on the lowest available adult rail fare on most Amtrak trains with each fare-paying adult (age 18+). If any additional child per adult will be traveling, reservations must be made for that child as an Adult and the full adult fare will be charged.

Infants Under Age 2 Ride Free

One child (classified as an infant) under the age of two may ride free with each fare-paying adult (age 18+). Additional children under age two are permitted with each adult traveler under the 50% discount policy.An infant traveling free may occupy a vacant seat only if the seat is not needed for a paying passenger. Conductors may require that infants occupying a seat without paying a fare be removed to provide seating to a fare-paying passenger.

Discount Limitations

  • Passengers 12 years of age and younger must travel with an adult passenger who is at least 18 years old.
  • Children traveling alone are not entitled to a children's discount.
  • The children's discount is not valid on weekday Acela Express trains.
  • The children's discount does not apply to Business Class, First Class or sleeping accommodation charges. These upgrades are permitted upon payment of the full accommodation charges.
  • The children's discount is not valid for travel on certain Amtrak Thruway connecting services.
  • Additional restrictions may apply.

Unaccompanied Minors

  • Children age 12 and under may not travel unaccompanied. They must travel with another person who is at least 18 years old.*
  • Children 13, 14 and 15 years old may travel as unaccompanied minors only under certain conditions.
  • Reservations for unaccompanied minors cannot be made on Amtrak.com.
  • Additional rules and restrictions apply.

*Exception: A minor who is 16 or 17, who is a parent to children of any age, may bring those children without restriction. The 16- or 17-year-old must bring proof that he or she is the parent of the children.