Amtrak rolls out $5 to $10 one-way ‘Night Owl’ fares to and from Wilmington

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Amtrak is offering “Night Owl Fares” on select Amtrak Northeast Corridor routes from Wilmington, Washington, D.C. and New York City.

According to the passenger railroad, the fares are an option for travelers returning from concerts, plays, sporting events, visiting friends or spending a day in the city. Amtrak coaches seat two per row.

The fares are also an answer to criticism that fares on the government-owned railroad are overly expensive for those with modest incomes. The fares also allow Amtrak to compete with bus services along the Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak has seen a stronger recovery from Covid-19 than regional transit systems and has the flexibility to offer lower fares since trains operate around the clock.

Off-peak hour trains traveling between Washington, D.C. and New York, departing between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., will feature the fares for coach tickets on Northeast Regional and other routes. A look at the Amtrak reservations site showed little if any availability from Wilmington to New York City.

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One-way Night Owl fares as of mid-April run between $5 to Baltimore to $7 to Philadelphia to $10 for trips to Washington D.C. and New York. Fares appear to be available for a limited time and may not always be available.

Further information is available amtrak.com/nightowl.

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