Amtrak Senior Discounts

Updated: July 8, 2018

Did you know that Amtrak offers a senior discount? That’s right, the iconic train service serving the US and Canada offers Amtrak senior discounts, and not many people are aware of this perk!

Amtrak Senior Discounts

Amtrak serves more than 500 destinations in 46 states and three Canadian provinces, operating more than 300 trains each day over 21,300 miles (34,000 km) of track. Some track sections allow trains to run as fast as 150 mph (240 km/h). – wikipedia


Amtrak Specials for Seniors

In the USA, Amtrak senior discounts are offered to those age 65+ and provide a 10% discount on the lowest available rail fares.  These senior discounts are offered on most Amtrak trains. On cross-border services, (operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada), a 10% Senior discount is applicable to travelers aged 60 and over.

It would be a lot easier if Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada came together and offered a consistent senior discount, but they haven’t called to ask The Senior List for help… (yet). 🙂

Amtrak Senior Discount Details

Amtrak Senior Discounts
Amtrak Senior Discount details 7/8/19

There are Limitations – Here’s what Amtrak has to say about their senior discount program:

  • The senior discount is not valid with Saver Fares.
  • The senior discount is not valid on the Auto Train.
  • The senior discount is not valid on weekday Acela Express trains.
  • The senior discount does not apply to Business class, First class or sleeping accommodation. These upgrades are permitted upon payment of the full accommodation charges.
  • The senior discount is not valid for travel on certain Amtrak Thruway connecting services.
  • The senior discount may not be combinable with other discount offers; refer to the terms and conditions for each offer.
  • Additional restrictions may apply.

Travel by rail is becoming quite popular again. As airports become more and more crowded, and the security lines get longer and longer, people are opting for a more relaxing experience. The train is a great way to go.

If you’re into dining out, you should definitely check out our BIG LIST of Restaurant Discounts for Seniors. You’ll be glad you did!

Written By
Chris Clark

For over a decade, Chris has been writing about senior discounts and deals. He finds the hunt for discounts rewarding because it allows him to take care of older adults by offering them senior-specific pricing. As the son of two social workers, Chris has spent his whole life advocating for the betterment of others. When he isn’t researching senior discounts, Chris enjoys fishing, spending time with his sons, and rooting for his favorite team, the Portland Trail Blazers. Learn more about Chris here


  1. Is there a train from denver,co to mobile,alabama? How much for a round trip? How much round trip Denver,co to oakland,ca? What is schedule for both trips?? In June I’ll be 66.
  2. has a link on their website to make reservations or ask questions about Accessible Travel Services. If you have a disability or is travelling with someone who needs help, you can talk to a live person, chat online or make reservations through links on this page.
  3. My husband and I traveled from Syracuse NY to Austin TX this last Oct. 2019 In coach. Was told to ask for red cap. When needed help. Got to Chicago no one available. I use a cane,also heart trouble. this was a round trip. Had help in Austin. Thank you. Back in Chicago, asked for help boarding train, no one available again, had to walk 7 car lengths. At one point thought I was going to pass out. I have hip and knee problems, that’s why I use a cane. So the reason I’m writing this is: We are planning another trip this spring or early Fall to see our Son and grandchildren. will be going to Austin TX again. Thinking about a sleeper this time. Any suggestion? And what might be the cost,round trip. By the way we are seniors 75+ We did enjoy the trip. The views were great. food was good.
  4. Senior citizens 2 round trip from williamsburg,va to atlanta,ga ticket prices please. Leaving december 19 departing december 26.
  5. I hope to spend a holiday in the US in mid 2020 and I am interested in buying a ticket that allows me travel any where during a fixed period. Are there such tickets, if there are, what are the cost and are they subject to a senior’s discount. I am Australian, do Non Americans qualify for senior’s discounts?
  6. Could not find the actual routes and prices for Amtrack. Just kept getting the go around and tried to find what I needed and never did.
  7. Why is so difficult to buy tickets on line. Airlines open their website imput starting point then destination then date, and boom you get all the flight listed. I’ve been on line for 40 minutes, still no ticket. To much trouble. Brian
  8. I am traveling from Pueblo, Co to Roanoke, Va round trip. I am 77 years old. How do I make the reservations
  9. Planning to travel to Montreal Canada from pen station ny Me and my wife I am 75 years & my wife 70 year end of July
  10. I am 71 years of age and I would like to travel from Visalia ca to Perris ca how might I buy a ticket online
  11. I want to travel from Greensboro NC to Elyria Ohio do I need a sleeper cabin & how long will this trip be. Thank you
  12. My wife and I would like to travel to Washington DC by rail line from Houston Texas any information on this.
  13. I am an Indian senior citizen. Can i get discount while travelling from Tampa to Washington by train.
    1. Fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday on Southwest to National Airport. If you keep checking for sales in advance it’s cheaper and in mid afternoon non-stop flights only takes 2 and 1/2 hours. Done it many, many times. Citizenship is irrelevant.
  14. I want to go from New Orleans to Sacramento and bring my wife back .Will senior discount apply?
  15. I would like to travel in August with other family members from Florida to New Jersey. We would like to have a cabin. Is this possible where we would be able to rest and eat. We would also like to book for a round trip. Our family would consist of 2 seniors, 2 almost seniors and 1 adult son.
  16. Hello, I am 75yrs old and wish to travel from Atlanta to New Orleans in a sleeper and would like a round trip ticket. What is the cost? Is the discount available?
  17. I am considering a train trip from OR to Florida.What kind of arrangements can be made for a trip like this. what would it cost? I am a 76 yr. old senior. what about a round trip?
  18. Does anyone know that Seniors must line up at Union Station, DC,at least 20 minutes before boarding? At Pen Station, NYC, Seniors just merge with all other passengers and reach the train in five minutes; no special lines that make passengers wait for the gate to open. My wife had an episode of syncope (fainting) from orthostatic hypotension, that is not infrequent with Seniors that stand for a period of time and are not thoroughly hydrated and not hot. While Union Station management might think they are giving Seniors excellent service, with an exclusive Senior Priority line, it resulted in my wife’s fainting. Perhaps, Union Station can just tell Seniors to remain seated, if they like, until the boarding gate opens?
    1. I’m 65 travelling to Roanoke Va.How much will my price be with senior discount and what is the promo code
  19. Are service dogs allowed on Amtrack trains? Also can you use the Senior discount and then pay for the upgrade fo the business class at the regular price?
  20. Want the fare for a senior citizen & 1 child under 2 yrs of age roundtrip from Savannah GA to Newark NJ. for the weekend of Feb. 15 2019 please
  21. A friend booked our trip (Ticket #00113810103185 ) ,2 tickets, for us leaving Lorton, Va. on Thurs 1/31 Train # 53 to and returning 2/28 from Sanford, Fla.Train # 52 The total cost charged to his credit card for us was $1080. We are both Seniors can you please tell me if the senior discount was applied and if it wasn’t what can I do to correct it . Thank you so much.
  22. I am going to Branson Mo in April leaving from Charlottesville va. Does Amtrak go to those cities. I am a senior
  23. I tried the suggestion above, and when you check off “Senior” it asks for a code number and won’t proceed without one. But I can’t find anything that explains how to sign up and get the code.
    1. How could I communicate with a live person websit is humongous 301 266 4007. Kathleen Bowen 83 yrs old and the more y scroll too much info to comprehend will need to travel frequently to Philadelphia in near future. Slight disability and ??? Are. Sr rates and or other discounts will be approx once a month any specific discounts leaving from dc or bwi Live in Waldorf md
      1. I am in agreement with Ms. Bowen. There is too much information that a senior citizen would have to scroll through to find out the exact information they need to know. My name is Charles F. Arp, and my wife and plan to travel to Atlanta, GA from June 12, 2019, leaving from Harrisburg, PA and returning Sunday, June 16, 2019. My wife has Parkinsons and cannot walk too fast, she uses a cane, and needs to rest and there are times she may need to take a nap. I noticed that sleeping accommodations are not valid regarding senior discounts. Therefore, I would appreciate it if I could talk to a live agent and obtain the necessary information as opposed to going through very much hazzle of going on line. I am a 78 years old Army veteran and my wife will be 76 on June 12th. Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.
  24. Are there trains going from Elyria ,Ohio to Peterstown WV./ Are somewhere in Cleveland ,Ohio to West WV.?
  25. Are there any people on board that will help senior citizens so they do not have to walk from car to car?
  26. We are planning to go from Chicago to St Louis by train in September. How do we prove we are senior citizens when buying a ticket online? Regards Margaret Dandy. England
    1. Hi Margaret, When you go to book your ticket, there will be an option that says “discounts”, make sure to indicate “senior” and it should automatically apply. I imagine they will check your id at the train station prior to boarding. Hope that helps!

  27. I am a retired amtrak employee we have passes can i get some kind of senior discount for a sleeper car
  28. My husband and I r traveling Greensboro, NC to San Francisco and want to go by train. I’m 62 and my husband is 54; does the senior discount apply?

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