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General Rules

Unaccompanied kids 15+ must carry photo ID to buy tickets (Kids aged 2-15 half price (up to a limit of 2 minors per adult), under 2 go free

Rail passes must be used within the time/day frame allocated

Available to both US residents and non-US travellers

For each train you board, you must make reservations and pick up tickets when travelling with a rail pass at the desired train station.

Early reservation is advised. Seating is limited for rail pass holders on each train. Proof of ID required. Available for coach class seating only. Upgrades are available at an additional charge.Two Types; USA Rail Passes & California Rail Passes


USA Rail Passes

15-day rail pass, 30-day rail passes, 45-day rail passes, Must be used within 180 days of purchase.

Not valid on the Auto Train, Acela Express, and the Canadian portion of routes operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada

Restricted to four one-way trips between two cities e.g. NY to Washington DC or Philadelphia to Washington DC


California Rail Passes

The California Rail Pass includes travel on The Capitols, San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner corridor trains, Coast Starlight between LA and Dunsmuir, The majority of connecting Thruway services

Travel for up to 7 days of travel in California over a 21-day period

Not valid on the Sunset Limited, the Southwest Chief, the California Zephyr and the Texas Eagle.

Must be used within one year of purchase

Limited to four one-way city journeys.