Amtrak Named “Best of America” by Reader’s Digest for Its Campus Visit Program

WASHINGTON – Amtrak has been named “Best of America” by the editors of Reader’s Digest magazine for the railroad’s highly popular Campus Visit Program.

The program which allows prospective college students to bring along a parent and or guardian for free on Amtrak, when visiting colleges and universities, is available to students nationwide.

After speaking to hundreds of experts for this special issue, Reader’s Digest editors rated the Campus Visit Program as the “best transportation” and “travel twofer” under its “America’s 100 Best” category. The program is featured in the publication’s May, 2007 issue.

“It is certainly gratifying for Reader’s Digest to acknowledge the popularity and the value provided by the Campus Visit Discount program,” said Emmett Fremaux, Amtrak’s Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. “We hope that prospective college students and their parents will continue to consider the train as the most affordable and hassle-free way to see colleges.”

The Campus Visit 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 for 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 need to 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.