Amtrak Just Added Another Way to Score $5 Fares

The rail company's "Night Owl" fares can now be found on select routes from New York to Boston.

Amtrak is making it cheaper to travel between Boston and New York, extending its discounted late-night fares.

The “Night Owl” fares, which the company first introduced in March for trips between Washington, D.C. and New York, will now be available on more routes along the Northeast Corridor, according to Amtrak. The fares start at just $5 and are available during off-peak hours between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

“Travelers returning from concerts, plays, sporting events or who prefer earlier and later departures can take advantage of these lower rates,” Amtrak wrote in a statement.

<p>Courtesy of Amtrak</p>

Courtesy of Amtrak

The actual cost of the fares vary by distance. Passengers can travel between Boston and Providence, Philadelphia and Baltimore, New York and Newark Liberty International Airport, and Washington D.C. and Baltimore for just $5. Trips between Boston and New Haven, however, will cost $15, and trips between Boston and New York will cost $20.

The update also extends the hours when “Night Owl” fares are available. They were previously only available until 5 a.m.

The discounted fares are valid for travelers booking coach seats, each of which includes free Wi-Fi, power outlets at each seat, and the ability to bring two personal items and two bags included in the fare.

Each train also includes a quiet car in which passengers are asked to limit conversation, phone calls are not allowed, and low overhead lighting is used.

The extension of these low-cost late-night fares comes as Amtrak has made plans to upgrade its overnight and long-distance trains. The company is also researching which customer amenities to add to these trains.

Amtrak also plans to introduce new Acela trains on the Northeast Corridor next year, which will feature amenities like contactless storage for luggage and winged headrests.

Beyond trains, Amtrak recently introduced its first-ever electric bus in the Pacific Northwest, which will provide daily service connecting Seattle to Bellingham. The company has pledged to become “net zero by 2045.”

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