Amtrak’s Night Owl Fares are priced as low as $5

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If you’re the type of traveler who prefers to hit the road after dark or catch the first train out in the morning, Amtrak’s “Night Owl fares” may be for you.

Find these fares on select routes between New York City and Washington, D.C. The fares are available on specific trains that depart between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., allowing you to travel at a fraction of the usual cost.

Some example itineraries include New York to Newark, New Jersey, Philadelphia to Baltimore and Washington D.C. to Baltimore — all starting at just $5.

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Another set of itineraries starts at just $10, including New York to Philadelphia, New York to Wilmington, Virginia, Philadelphia to Washington D.C. and Washington D.C. to Wilmington.


And if you’re planning a longer journey from New York down to Washington D.C., you can travel for just $20 — all in coach seats, which come with free Wi-Fi, power outlets at every seat and two personal items and two bags included in the fare.

If you’re traveling overnight, you may even get to experience one of Amtrak’s updated trains. The company is upgrading its overnight and long-distance trains as well as its Acela trains on the Northeast Corridor line.

And that’s not all — Amtrak extended its fee waiver for reservation changes through Dec. 31, 2023. Note, though, that cancellation fees still apply and ticket holders who cancel a Saver Fare ticket after 24 hours will receive only 75% of their ticket price as a non-refundable eVoucher, per the company.

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