Travel Deal: Amtrak Offering Discounted Train Tickets

The passenger railway service gets in on 'Cyber Monday' sales for a second consecutive year, offering as much as 30 percent off rides. 

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Whether you're returning from a long holiday weekend or you've simply been thinking of taking a train trip, today could be a good day to buy your tickets.

Through the end of the day, and as it did last year at this time, Amtrak is offering fare reductions of up to 30 percent on select trains nationwide for travel between December 2017 and March 2018, with limited blackout dates, the railway service said in a release.

The sale runs up until midnight, Eastern time, according to Amtrak spokesperson Jason Abrams. 

For instance, a special "Cyber Monday" track sale offering from Amtrak has the price of a ticket from either New York City or Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia for $33. An Amtrak ticket from New York or Washington, D.C. to Boston will set you back $43, while traveling from Chicago to the U.S. Capitol will cost $76. Getting from the Windy City to the Big Apple runs $82, and a ticket from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, can be purchased for $90. A Chicago-to-Denver ticket runs $92, as does one from Los Angeles to Seattle. An Amtrak ticket from Los Angeles to Chicago can be had for $133.

A saver's fare ticket, which must be purchased 14 days in advance, would typically run $39 to get from Washington to Philadelphia, said Abrams, who also noted the saver's fare from New York to Boston would most days run $49. ‚Äč

Available at Amtrak.com, prices will be automatically discounted from the standard fare price, the transportation service said, and prices are as shown, with no discount code necessary.

Amid debate over whether the federal government should continue subsidizing it, Amtrak, which runs as a for-profit company but relies on federal funding, recently said it recouped almost 95 percent of its operating costs in fiscal 2017 amid record ridership and revenue.

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