Amtrak Is Offering 50% Off Tickets for Its 50th Anniversary Right Now

Snag super-low fares to Chicago, Washington, DC, New York, and more.


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So you've got your second dose and are finally ready to get back out in the world. Travel's coming back (with limitations and precautionary steps) and folks are booking summer trips. Just in time, Amtrak is offering 50% off fares to celebrate 50 years in business. See you in the lounge car?

From now through May 5, you can book a trip to major cities like Chicago, DC, New York, Atlanta, and more. Available in both Coach class and Acela business class, fares are open for travel between June 2 and November 13, 2021. Of course, it's important to remember that like any form of travel, there are still risks amidst the pandemic. You'll want to read up on the CDC's latest guidelines and advisories as well as Amtrak's safety measures before your trip.  

One-way Acela fares to/from: 

  • Philadelphia to New York for $41 
  • Washington, DC to Philadelphia for $46 
  • New York to Providence for $47 
  • New York to Boston for $49
  • New York to Washington, DC for $50 

One-way Coach fares to/from: 

  • Boston to Portland, ME for $15
  • Portland, OR to Seattle for $18 
  • Washington, DC to Philadelphia for $19 
  • New York to Providence for $25 
  • Chicago to Minneapolis for $36 
  • Atlanta to New Orleans for $41 
  • New York to Miami for $50 
  • Washington, DC to Chicago for $50 
  • Lorton, VA to Sanford, FL for $50 
  • Chicago to Los Angeles for $50 

"Since launching service in 1971, Amtrak has been continuously driving towards the future—setting ambitious sustainability goals, rolling out sleek new locomotives and extending access to new communities," Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn said in a statement. "To celebrate our 50th Anniversary and to welcome travelers back to Amtrak, we are offering deeply discounted fares of $50 or less per segment across our network for travel throughout the summer and fall."

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Megan Schaltegger is a staff writer at Thrillist.