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Taking the trains across America with the USA Rail Pass is an excellent way to see the United States from a different viewpoint. The pass allows you to visit over 500 destinations in the Amtrak system and to choose how long you want to travel.

Amtrak is the national passenger rail carrier for the United States. It operates extensively on the East and West Coasts. They also offer cross-country routes, which if you have the time, makes for a great way to explore the US, slow and easy. 

Passes Available

Amtrak offers 3 passes as follows:

8 travel segments within 15 days ($429)

12 travel segments within 30 days ($649)

18 travel segments within 45 days ($829)

Do I Need Tickets and Reservations?

Yes. Your USA Rail Pass is not a ticket. When traveling 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.

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

What is a Travel Segment?

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 could 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 number of segments permitted for the pass.

Tel: (800) 872-7245
Web: www.amtrak.com
Passes are valid for travel for 180 days and all travel must be completed within 180 days of reserving the pass within the specific pass validity limits.

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