What do you get for $5 a month?
A louder, more effective voice advocating for improved and expanded passenger rail.
The Rail Passengers Association is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organization. Your dues and donations are potentially tax-deductible. Benefits vary based on membership level.
It is essential that we defend and fight for a modern, national passenger rail network.
Rail Passengers Association works tirelessly every day to do just that.
Rail Passengers Members Can Now Earn Amtrak Guest Rewards© Points!
After a brief hiatus, Rail Passengers members can now continue to earn up to 10,000 points when they join or renew their membership!
For the cost of one latte a month, you can help us improve America's rail system and enjoy these exclusive member benefits.
Amtrak Guest Rewards points
20% off coach
up to 25% off
Half off or more
Rail Passengers Association is the only non-profit member-dues supported organization serving as a voice of the American passenger on Capitol Hill for improved Amtrak services.
Your dues and donations help us work to build support for a modern, more efficient national passenger rail network, as we have since 1967.
Start saving money. Start making train travel better.
We’re more than a discount club.
With all of the successes, like many businesses and nonprofits, the Rail Passengers Association has been financially hurt by COVID-19. Production and mailing of the printed version of the monthly Passengers Voice newsletter will temporarily cease. The Passengers' Voice will still be available online and as a downloadable PDF.
When the business environment recovers, we look forward to reinstating the print version of our monthly newsletter.
Our members earn Amtrak Guest Rewards© points when they join or renew their membership. Points earned are based on membership level and whether dues are paid annually or monthly; see the table below for specific points you can earn.
We are currently unable to offer points to Student members, but we hope to reverse this when the business environment improves
How to obtain membership discounts (member log-in required)
You'll need your Rail Passengers Association membership number, which is required for making Amtrak reservations using the "Rail Passengers Association" discount (this number can be found in your email confirmation of payment for your membership). You may also create an account on www.railpassengers.org immediately to get a temporary membership card containing your membership number. If you have no email address and need your membership number immediately, please call Rail Passengers at 202-408-8362 during business hours (9:00 AM-5:00 PM ET, Monday-Friday except federal holidays).
Rail Passengers Association members are entitled to a 10% discount on most Amtrak rail fares, subject to the following conditions:
Rail Passengers Association members should identify themselves as such when booking a ticket, and must carry a current, valid Rail Passengers membership card when paying for tickets in person and while traveling. Each passenger must be in the possession of and present upon request a valid membership card with his or her name on it.
Reservation must be made or altered at least 3 days in advance of the departure day of each trip segment. For example, if the departure time is 11:00 PM on a Friday, discounted reservations may be made until 11:59pm on the prior Tuesday night.
The discount applies only to the base “rail fare". The discount does not apply to any and all additional “accommodation charges” for Premium fares -- sleeping car, First class, and Business class (except weekend Acela Express).
The Rail Passengers discount cannot be combined with any special or promotional fare or promotion code, including "Saver" fares. When "Rail Passengers Association" is selected as the Passenger Type, "Saver" fares will not be displayed. The Rail Passengers discount also cannot be combined with Senior, Child, Infant or Military discounts, nor with any other discount (including ten-trip/monthly passes or USA Rail Passes).
On Auto Train, the Rail Passengers discount is good only for the rail fare (not the vehicle charge or sleeper accommodation charge). The Amtrak Senior discount is not valid on the Auto Train, but the Rail Passengers discount is!
The discount is only valid for Business Class tickets on weekend Acela Express trains, not weekday service.
The discount is valid on Amtrak’s Northeast Regional service between Newport News/Richmond, Washington, Philadelphia, New York and Boston/Springfield every day, except for "Saver" fares.
The Rail Passengers discount cannot be used on the Canadian portion of the New York-Toronto 'Maple Leaf' service, which is operated by VIA Rail Canada between Niagara Falls, ON and Toronto, ON, nor on some Thruway bus routes. It CAN, however, be used fro cross-border to or from Montreal, QC on the 'Adirondack' service and to or from Vancouver, BC on the 'Cascades' service.
"The Rail Passenger Association's recognition of the essential work done by SMART-TD members aboard Amtrak during this difficult period is appreciated. The Golden Spike Award serves as a testament to the compassion and dedication our conductors, assistant conductors and other workers exhibit constantly through times both ordinary and extraordinary."
Jeremy Ferguson, SMART-TD President
December 21, 2021, on the Association awarding its 2021 Golden Spike Award to the Frontline Amtrak Employees.