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Monday, July 30, 2012

Save Money on Train Travel - Train ticket, Rail, Promo, Amtrak - AARP


Save Money on Train Travel - Train ticket, Rail, Promo, Amtrak - AARP

5 Tips for Saving on Train Travel

Train travel tips to boost your rail budget


AARP and Frommers: 5 Tips for Saving on Train Travel
Promotional deals and traveling in the slow
season help you save money on rail travel.
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 Photo by Blake Kent/Design Pics /Getty Images
Train travel is a romantic, classic way to crisscross the country and even visit Canada. But it's not necessarily the most economical option — unless you plan ahead. Here are a few train travel tips for saving money while riding the rails.


1. Look for Amtrak's Promotional Deals
Amtrak is the U.S. government-owned passenger rail service. It offers those age 62 or older a 15 percent discount on most train trips (on those operated by Amtrak/VIA Rail Canada, passengers 60 and over receive a 10 percent discount). Although you can't combine discounts and deals, you should still visit the "Deals" tab on the Amtrak website, says spokesperson Marc Magliari. "That should be the first stop for anyone trying to save money," he advises. Scan "Latest Promotions" for offers that knock off more than 15 percent. There are typically promotions available that reduce regular fares by as much as 20 to 30 percent when you purchase tickets by a certain date.

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