Amtrak takes 35% off train tickets for Black Friday-Cyber Monday 2019

Amtrak's Coast Starlight train travels through part of Northern California.
Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train travels through part of Northern California.
(Alex Mayes)

Amtrak has its own version of the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy: Track Friday, which offers deals on train rides on the East Coast, West Coast and Midwest points in between. The rail operator is taking up to 35% off train tickets bought between now and Dec. 2 on most routes. It’s a good time to buy if your vacation includes a multi-day ride.

Travel dates for this deal vary by the route you choose. Sample West Coast routes and fares include one-way tickets from Los Angeles to Portland, Ore., starting at $80; to Seattle, $82; and to Chicago, $119.

The train faces an uncertain future, but for now sit back and enjoy the scenery, the rich history and the camaraderie found on a rail trip.

In the West, the sale applies to service on the Coast Starlight; the Southwest Chief, which travels from L.A. to Flagstaff, Ariz., Albuquerque, N.M., Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago in 40-plus hours; and the California Zephyr, which runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco (51 hours). Discount tickets are good for travel between Dec. 9 and April 30.


Tickets on the Capitol Corridor between Auburn and San Jose in Northern California also are discounted for travel between Jan. 6 and April 30. However, the popular Pacific Surfliner between San Diego and San Luis Obispo by way of Los Angeles is not included in the sale.

Info: Track Friday Sale