The Child Passenger Type

Children Ages 2 - 12 Save 50%

On most trains and on most days, up to two children may travel at the half-price fare with each passenger paying the full adult fare. If a third child will be traveling in the party, reservations must be made for that child as an "Adult" and the full adult fare will be charged. For larger parties, make sure that one passenger paying the full adult fare is included for each set of two children you would like to receive the discounted fare.

Discount Limitations
  • Passengers 2 to 12 years of age 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 12 and under may not travel unaccompanied. They must travel with another person who is at least 18 years old.*
  • Children aged 13 through 15 may travel unaccompanied only under certain conditions.
  • Reservations for unaccompanied minors cannot be made on
  • Additional rules and restrictions apply. Visit the Unaccompanied Minors policy page for full details.

*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.

Up to Eight Passengers in Each Online Reservation

You can make reservations for up to eight passengers in each online transaction. To make reservations for more than eight passengers, you may complete an additional online transaction, or you may call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) for assistance.