Parents Travel Free with Prospective College Students

WASHINGTON – Prospective students checking out colleges and universities may take a parent along for free on Amtrak with a new buy-one-get-one-free program.

Students traveling on this fare must have a valid student ID in order to qualify for this special offer.

The Campus Visit discount program enables high school juniors and seniors to purchase a ticket on Amtrak at the best available fare and bring a parent or guardian along to campus visits for free. Younger siblings, ages 2-15, can travel for half price using Amtrak’s everyday children’s discount.

To take advantage of the Campus Visit discount, students simply log on to, complete the form and receive the discount code to be used when making travel reservations online at or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Reservations are required at least seven days prior to travel, and the student and parent or guardian must travel on the same itinerary. Tickets may be upgraded to business class or sleeping accommodations for an additional charge. These special fares are not available on Acela Express, Auto Train or the Canadian portion of joint Amtrak/VIA rail trains. Routes and offers subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. Seats are limited and subject to availability.