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USA Rail Pass

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This pass is great because...

  • It will allow you to explore up to 46 states within the USA
  • It comes as an E-voucher
  • It remains valid for 180 days of travel
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  • 1. Description

    This fantastic rail pass allows you to travel throughout the entire United States and more than 500 destinations!

    What is the American Dream? Maxing out credit cards in Manhattan? Breaking the bank in Las Vegas? Maybe it is just witnessing incredible natural spectacles like catching the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, seeing Yosemite's Sequoias in the snow, or setting a watch to Yellowstone's Old Faithful geyser?

    America offers limitless iconic adventure and unforgettable experiences at every turn and there is no better way to see the USA than with an Amtrak USA Rail Pass.

    Passes are available in coach class travel across the entire United States. Business Class and accommodation upgrades are available at an additional charge.

    Please note: Passengers travelling from New Orleans to Jacksonville will have to change at Charlotte and Raleigh. This is because the direct service to Jacksonville was discontinued after hurricane Katrina.

    For all travellers intending on entering the US from 12th January 2009 on the Visa Waiver Program, which allows passport holders to visit for up to 90 days without a visa, you will now be required to have an authorisation via the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the US. Travellers can register for authorisation online through the ESTA website and are advised to do so at least 72 hours prior to travel or alternatively your carrier have details also. See the Entry Requirements section for more details.

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  • 2. Eligibility

    Travel on Amtrak requires full identification. A valid passport, driver's license or picture ID card, is required.

  • 3. Eligibility for Saver


  • 4. Discount

    - Children aged 2-15: Children 2 to 15 years old ride for half-price when accompanied by a full fare-paying adult. Two children are permitted per adult fare.
    - Children under 2: One child under 2 years old may ride free with each fare-paying adult.

  • 5. Validity

    Passes are available in three travel durations and travel segments (15 days/8 segments, 30 days/12 segments and 45 days/18 segments) throughout the entire United States. 

    Timing and Validity

    ·  After you advance purchase your USA Rail Pass on, you have one year to exchange it for a paper USA Rail Pass and begin travel. 

    ·  Once you are issued a paper USA Rail Pass, you have 330 days to complete your travel. 

    ·  Once your first travel segment is reserved, you must complete your travel within the selected travel duration of the pass. The travel duration period begins on the first date of travel, not the date on which the reservation was made. 

  • 6. Terms and Conditions

    When booking an Amtrak pass you must provide us with details of your first journey, passport number, expiry date and date of birth. You will be issued with a voucher which must be exchanged at this first station for your actual pass. Before boarding the train you must take your pass and passport to the Amtrak ticket office where they will issue a free ticket for your journey.

    Tickets and Reservations
    Your USA Rail Pass is not a ticket. When travelling on a USA Rail Pass, you must have a ticket and a reservation for each train you board. You must make reservations and pick up your ticket(s) before boarding any train.

    Reservations for train travel should be made as far in advance as possible; seats available for USA Rail Pass passengers are limited on each train. We do not recommend waiting until the day of departure to make your reservations since there is a greater chance that seats allocated for the USA Rail Pass may not be available on your desired train. If your plans are not flexible, non-USA Rail Pass seats may be available at an additional cost.

    Passengers must present their USA Rail Pass and passport at an Amtrak office for issuance of tickets to be used on the train. The USA Rail Pass entitles you to regular Coach Class travel on all Amtrak routes except those listed below. On some trains, you can upgrade your reservation to Business Class or Sleeping Car accommodation. Amtrak offers half-price fares for children ages 2-15 when accompanied by a full fare-paying adult (two children per adult fare; one child under two years of age travels free per adult). Reservations are required for travel on most trains. We recommend that reservations be made prior to arrival in the US and as far in advance as possible. Further restrictions may apply.

    PLEASE NOTE: Pass prices are subject to change and are not guaranteed until actual travel reservations are made.

    Eligible Trains
    The USA Rail Pass is valid for travel on all Amtrak trains except:
    - Auto Train
    - Acela Express
    - Metroliner
    - Certain Thruway motorcoach connections
    - The connections between the Canadian border and Toronto

    Travel is restricted to four one-way trips between two cities, and to all cities in between, over the same route. For example, the following trips would use up the four trips over the Washington, DC to New York route segment:
    - Trip 1: Washington, DC to New York
    - Trip 2: New York to Washington, DC
    - Trip 3: Washington, DC to Philadelphia
    - Trip 4: Philadelphia to Washington, DC

    Regions and Travel Periods
    Passes are available in three travel durations and travel segments (15 days/8 segments, 30 days/12 segments and 45 days/18 segments) throughout the entire United States. Travel must begin within 180 days of the date the pass purchased.

    Travel Segments
    Amtrak considers a travel segment any time you get on and then get off a vehicle (train, bus, ferry or other allowable leg) regardless of length.

    Example 1
    Because we don't have a direct route from Washington, DC to Oklahoma, City, OK, you could ride the Capitol Limited train from Washington to Chicago (segment 1), then ride the Texas Eagle train from Chicago to Fort Worth (segment 2) and finally ride the Heartland Flyer train from Fort Worth to Oklahoma, City (segment 3). This journey from Washington to Oklahoma City would use three of your allowable segments.

    Example 2
    To travel from Spokane, WA to Portland OR, you could ride the Empire Builder train directly to Portland using one segment or you coulde ride the Empire Builder train to Seattle (segment 1) and then ride the Amtrak Cascades train from Seattle to Portland (segment 2). Both journeys take you to Portland but use a different number of your allowable segments.

    Each segment booked counts toward the total allowable number of segments permitted for the pass.

    Refunds and Pass Changes
    The USA Rail Pass is only refundable before travel begins. The pass, and all tickets issued with the pass, must be turned into an Amtrak ticket agent no later than the day before the date of the first use written on the pass. A cancellation fee of 20% will apply, together with a small admin charge. Substantial cancellation fees apply when sleeping accommodations are cancelled less than 24 hours in advance.

    Pass Voucher can be cancelled up to 48 hours before start date on pass voucher as long as it has not been exchanged for the actual pass – once exchanged it is non-refundable/non-exchangeable.  Any upgrades booked onto passes are also non-refundable once booked. Additionally: a new condition from Amtrak for their rail passes is that as well as having a specified start date – the use of the pass must be concluded within 6 months of the date of issue; e.g. a 30 day pass could only be issued a maximum of 5 months in advance of the starting date