How to Purchase an Amtrak Ticket

How to Purchase an Amtrak Ticket
A train may not be the fastest way to get where you are going, but it will get you where you want to go cheaply and in relative comfort. Trains are especially great for outdoor travelers. They are roomy, giving you plenty of space to bring walking sticks, backpacks and other outdoor gear with you. They also have stops in out-of-the-way places which airliners lack, allowing you to get to national parks and other scenic destinations without the hassle and expense of renting a car.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Determine if you qualify for any discounts. Amtrak discounts are available to children, seniors, veterans, students and members of AAA or the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP). You must book at least 3 days in advance to get this discount.
Step 2
Check the weekly specials site on the Amtrak website to see if a discount rate is available for your route. You will have to be willing to travel on a particular day to take advantage of the special
Step 3
Go to the Amtrak website and input your date, the station you are departing from and the station you are arriving at. You can search for one way or round trip tickets. Alternately, you can call 1-800-USA-RAIL to buy tickets over the phone.
Step 4
Select which route you want and any upgrades you desire. You can upgrade to a sleeper car if you are willing to pay extra.
Step 5
Buy your ticket at a kiosk in your local train station if you are leaving at the last minute. You can use a credit card to make a ticket purchase any time before the train leaves.
Step 6
Buy a Rail Pass for a longer trip. An Amtrak rail pass will let you take multiple trips over 15 or 30 days for one set price. If you plan to travel across the country making multiple stops, a rail pass will probably be cheaper than buying individual tickets.
Step 7
If you are planning a more complex rail trip, consider contacting a travel agent focusing on railway travel such as Accent on Travel. They will help you book hotels near railroad stations and arrange all the logistics of a cross country train trip.

Article Written By Isaiah David

Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

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