Hit the rails: Amtrak kicks off ‘Track Friday Sale’


Amtrak launched its fourth annual “Track Friday Sale” today and customers can take advantage of this special deal with fares as low as $19 for travel on most Amtrak routes throughout the country.

Now through Monday, Dec. 2, customers can save up to 35%, on select trains nationwide for travel between Dec. 9 and April 30, and available on additional trains including the AcelaNortheast Regional and many popular routes throughout our network beginning Jan. 6 through Apr. 30.

The sale is available at Amtrak.com/trackfridaysale or the Amtrak app and all fares are automatically discounted. No discount code is needed; fares are as shown. Below are some of the special itineraries available during the “Track Friday Sale”:

  • Washington, DC to Philadelphia: NFR – $29; Acela – $85
  • Washington, DC to New York City: NFR – $39; Acela – $119
  • Washington, DC to Chicago: $68
  • Washington, DC to Richmond: $19

Amtrak customers enjoy the freedom to use their phones and electronic devices (no “airplane mode”), large spacious seats with ample leg room, no middle seat and one of the most generous baggage policies in the travel industry.

The following services are included in the sale for travel between Dec. 9 – April 30: California ZephyrCapitol LimitedCardinalCity of New Orleans, Coast StarlightCrescentEmpire BuilderLake Shore LimitedPalmettoSilver ServiceSouthwest ChiefSunset Limited and Texas Eagle.

The following services are included in the sale for travel between Jan. 6 – April 30: AcelaNortheast RegionalAdirondackAmtrak CascadesCapitol CorridorCarolinianDowneasterEmpire ServiceEthan Allen ExpressHiawatha, Illinois ServiceKeystone Service (not valid locally between Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia), Maple LeafMichigan ServicesMissouri River RunnerHeartland FlyerPiedmontPennsylvanian (not valid locally between Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia) San Joaquins and Vermonter.

The sale does not include Auto Train, Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service (locally between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), Pacific Surfliner and 7000-8999 Thruways, which include transportation provided by bus through a variety of operators in conjunction with Amtrak. Blackout dates apply Dec. 22-23 and Jan 2-3. This offer is valid for Coach and Acela Business Class seats only; no upgrades permitted. Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable. A 25% cancellation fee applies if exchanged. Other restrictions may apply.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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