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Children 18 and under can ride for free on Amtrak Cascades in WA

By Vaseline May30,2024

SEATTLEThose who are 18 and under can now travel for free on any of the Amtrak Cascades trains.

Amtrak Cascades joins Washington State Ferries and transit agencies across the state in offering free fares to eligible youth.

This is the first of its kind in Amtrak’s national system. The program is funded through the Move Ahead Washington transportation package and the state’s Climate Commitment Act.

The aim is to encourage young people and their families to travel by train. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, those 18 and under make up more than 20% of Washington’s total population. With this statistic we hope to make train travel more accessible and affordable for families.

“We hope to inspire an entire generation to consider trains as a viable choice when traveling along the Interstate-5 corridor,” said Jason Biggs, director of WSDOT’s Rail, Freight, and Ports Division. “The scenic views from comfortable seats and the choice of food and drinks on board make train travel enjoyable for parents and children alike. It’s a great option for families and those who can’t or don’t want to drive. Plus, it’s much better for the environment than driving a car.”

With one-way adult fares between Seattle and Vancouver, Washington starting at just $27 and youth riding free, this is a cost-effective way to travel. All passengers traveling on Amtrak Cascades must have a ticket.

When you purchase tickets, select the appropriate category for each person traveling in your group. The zero rate is automatically applied to those 18 years and younger traveling within Washington State.

All children under 16 must travel with an adult to qualify for the free fare. Unaccompanied minors aged 13 to 15 are not eligible. Free fare tickets must be purchased in advance and are not available on board trains or at ticket kiosks.

Free fares are only available on Amtrak Cascades trains and buses, and only for trips starting and ending in Washington State. Those traveling beyond Washington’s borders must purchase separate tickets for each leg of their trip to take advantage of the free fares in Washington state.

Tickets for the Youth Fare Program are available at, by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL, or from an Amtrak ticket agent at staffed stations.

Tickets for the youth fare program are not yet available on the Amtrak Cascades or Amtrak Oregon websites, but will be available in the coming weeks.

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