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Taking the Santa Claus Express to the Arctic Circle

Want to see the Northern Lights and Santa Claus in one trip? Then head to Finland with your Eurail pass and grab the Santa Claus Express.
Mysterious, ethereal, and famously remote: Does the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, hover near the top of your travel bucket list? If it does, maybe it’s time to cross it off: this is predicted to be a perfect winter for sighting the magical solar winds named after Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn. While you can glimpse them from many places on earth – including Canada, the northern U.S., and Scotland – Scandinavia remains practically synonymous with the phenomenon.
While the Northern Lights frequently appear in Iceland, Norway and Sweden, it’s only in Finland where they occupy the same landscape as Santa Claus’ “official office” on the Arctic Circle. (Finns call him Joulupukki, but you’ll still recognize the iconic Father Christmas figure with the white beard and long red hat.) If you’ve always dreamed seeing the Northern Lights from a reindeer safari before bunking down in a thermal igloo, Lapland is your place.
Part of the mystique lies not simply in the otherworldly nature of the lights themselves – swirling green streaks that glow against the dark arctic sky – but in, well, the challenge of getting to Lapland. With sleeper trains running north from Finland’s capital city, that challenge is solved. Yet the overnight journey, with the tracks plunging into the snowy darkness of the Arctic Circle, remains an utterly mysterious one.

The incredible Northern Lights

When to Go?
The autumn and spring aequinoxes – September 21 and March 21 – frame the time window for aurora borealis. While it’s mostly you’ll spot the Northern Lights from late fall through very early spring, there’s no guarantee that they’ll appear on any given day. Plan on spending several days in the Arctic Circle to maximize your chances. The lucky – and the patient – are sometimes rewarded with nights in which the spectacle appears and reappears several times, returning to the starry stage for multiple encores.
The Santa Claus Express Train
Operated by Finnish Railways, the Santa Clus Express is not a cozy sleigh drawn by reindeer. But it’s the next best thing: a comfortably appointed double-decker train that delivers you to one of the most remote corners of Europe while you sleep. In the morning, sip coffee and check your wifi in the bistro car as the snow covered landscape rolls past. Sleeping compartment prices are surprisingly economical. Double sleepers range from 31 to 43 Euros per person, with the more expensive compartments outfitted with private bathrooms.

Inside the Santa Claus Express

The Santa Claus Express Train Route
While both follow essentially the same routes, the Santa Claus Express trains feature two options. The Pikajuna 265, which departs Helsinki Central Station in the early evening, stops in Rovaniemi the next morning before making its final stop in Kemijärvi just over an hour later, at 9 a.m. The Pikajuna 273 departs a bit later, leaving Helsinki just before 10 p.m. and arriving at Rovaniemi at 10:40 a.m.
After the night train departs Helsinki Central, it heads north towards Tampere, passing through many small towns that appear only as collections of glimmering lights. On the Pikajuna 273, you’ll arrive at Oulu around breakfast time — just before 8 a.m. If you can delay the anticipation of the Arctic Circle for another day, it’s worth stopping to check out.

Helsinki, Finland

Stopover in Oulu
Oulu’s most idiosyncratic claim to fame might be that it’s home to the Air Guitar World Championships. But this university and tech town of around 200,000 is probably better known for being one of the northernmost cities in the world. In summer, its pleasures are obvious. Explore the islands that make up the city on the impressive bike paths, then head to a café in Kappatori, the buzzing market square along the waterfront, to bask in the all-night sun.
In winter, Oulu is perhaps even more unique. By day, play in the snow or go sledding at Nallikari Winter Village. Those adventurous and undaunted by Arctic temperatures can take a snowshoe safari or a stroll on the frozen Gulf of Bothnia.
Arriving in the Arctic Circle
The first thing you’ll hear when you arrive in Rovaniemi, the unofficial capital of Lapland, is that it’s the hometown of Santa Claus, who “resides” at Santa Village. If you’re traveling with children, or want to impress you’re friends back home with a letter sent from Santa’s official post office, consider a visit.

Santa Village, Rovaniemi

Regardless of your ideological stance towards Santa, don’t miss an excursion to a reindeer farm or the Rauna Zoo, which showcases Arctic fauna such as polar bears. At least one day per year, the sun never rises over Rovaniemi. In addition to spotting the Northern Lights, it’s also a perfect place to see kaamos, the deep blue light on the snow that’s reflected from the winter sky.
The Rovaniemi rail station is within walking distance from the town center, where most lodging is located.
If a fetching mountain town with a decidedly retro vibe is more your speed – or you simply want to brag that you’ve hit the northernmost town in Finland – take the train about an hour past Rovaniemi to Kemijärvi. Here, the snowy peaks of this dramatic landscape are called fells, an Old Norse word for mountain. At Pyhä Fell skiers will find downhill skiing with nine chairlifts across 14 slopes. In addition to downhill skiing, Suomu Fell features over 70 km of cross country ski trails, some of which are lit for night skiing.
Read more about this night train and visit the Arctic Circle with a Eurail pass.

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Best of 2015: Our most breathtaking travel photos

2016 has just started, but it doesn’t mean we can’t find inspiration from last year’s adventures. Thousands of people took to the rails last year and saw the best of Europe. We’re excited to present our pick of 14 breathtaking travel photos from 2015, based on our most popular Instagram posts.
Where will you go this year?
Our top 14 breathtaking travel photos
14. Venice, Italy

Venice railway station Santa Lucia is located on the edge of Venice’s center. In less than one minute you can reach the Grand Canal and its boat taxis.

13. Dolomites, Italy

Take the regional train to Trento, approximately one hour from Verona (Verona Porta Nuova station). Travel there from Bolzano in 47 minutes.

12. Barcelona, Spain

The Funicular railway takes you to the top of the Tibidabo in Barcelona.

11. Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg is perfectly integrated within the German train network. Nearby cities such as Stuttgart, Frankfurt, and Mannheim can be reached within a few hours.

10. Paris, France

Take the Cité (metro 4) or RER B or C to Saint Michel-Notre Dame. Taking a boat trip is also recommended for the best views!

9. Salzburg, Austria

Hohensalzburg Castle can be reached with a 20-minute walk from Salzburg’s main train station.

8. Prague, Czech Republic

From Praha Masarykovo nádraží station you can easily get to the outer edge of Prague’s historic old town by walking.

7. Burano (Venice), Italy

The number 12 vaporetto (water bus) line runs from Venice to Burano.

6. Cobh, Ireland

The centre of Cork is a 15-minute walk from the main train station. Explore Cork by joining The Titanic Trail or a ride by the Cobh Road Train.

5. Amsterdam, the Netherlands

A few steps outside Amsterdam Central Station on the city side will bring you close to the heart of Amsterdam’s city center with its canals.

4. Bergen, Norway

From Bergen station (Bergen Stasjon), the lower station of the Funicular Cable Car is a 10-minute walk.

3. Luxembourg

The Grund area is a 15-minute walk from Luxembourg’s main train station.

2. Krakow, Poland

There are daily direct trains to and from Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Prague, and Vienna.

1. Neuschwanstein (Füssen), Germany
Our most popular Instagram photo of 2015 was this fairytale view of Neuschwanstein, Germany.  Read our article about how to visit the castle that inspired Walt Disney.

Take the train from München Hauptbahnhof to Füssen. Buses can carry you from Füssen station towards the castle.

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8 Secrets To Better Smartphone Photos On Your Travels

Wondering how to document your big adventure abroad? The best camera the average traveler can take with them is already in their pocket. Smartphone cameras have improved drastically over the past decade. They’re the perfect solution if you just want some solid shots to share with loved ones back home, without worrying about extra weight to carry.
Here are eight secrets for taking better smartphone photos while traveling.
1. Add shortcuts within thumb’s reach
Whether it’s in your pocket, purse, or backpack – make sure your phone is ready to grab in a second. Great smartphone photos are often all about timing. On an iPhone, you can easily find the camera shortcut in the lower-right corner of the lock screen. On most Androids you can add a camera shortcut on the lock screen. With newer Samsungs, just double-tap the home button.

Thankfully my phone was in hand for this sneak attack of rowdy goats passing by while laying on a beach in Europe.

2. Apply the basic rules of photography
Use the rule of thirds: mentally divide your image into a grid of nine equal parts and position the most important parts of the scene along the imaginary lines. You can add these grid lines in the camera settings of most smartphones. Framing considers the empty space in your scene. Leading lines can guide the way people’s eyes move around a photo. There are plenty of free resources on the Web to introduce you to these concepts, so use them.

Sunset and shadows at Belém Tower in Lisbon, Portugal.

3. Up the “wow” factor with photo editing apps
Select a few and become a master at using them. Some of the better ones can set you back a couple of dollars, but the extra shooting and editing capabilities are more than worth it. Snapseed, ProCamera, Camera+, and Adobe Photoshop Express are some of the most commonly used apps among mobile photographer pros.

This standard bridge shot of Stari Most in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina was brought to life by adding drama and saturation in the Snapseed app.

4. Use accessories to get smartphone photos from a different angle
Smartphones now have their own set of accessories and tools. Use a lens attachment for different effects. Fisheye creates a circular image with linear distortion, macro is for magnified subjects, and wide-angle allows for more scenery in the frame. You can also shoot in or underwater with a waterproof case, or from up above using a selfie stick as an extension of your arm.

Capturing the crystal clear water was made possible with the protection of a waterproof iPhone case.

5. Adjust modes and settings for motion shots
Get familiar with different settings if you or your subject are in motion. It can be the awe-inspiring landscapes that you pass through on a high-speed train, capturing a busy street scene, or simply trying to get a perfect jump shot of your travel companion. Many smartphone cameras offer a burst mode as a native feature. By simply tapping and holding the shutter button down, it will continuously capture 10 photos per second. Another way is to increase the ISO and adjust the shutter speed on your photo editing apps.

A bus whizzes by in the city. For nighttime street shots, use an app where you can lower the ISO and shutter speed to catch those fun light trails.

6. Use natural light when taking food photos
Food is no doubt going to be an important part of your travels. It’s also an aspect of a country’s culture that is fun to capture in smartphone photos. On your restaurant table or in a local food market, the best food photos often focus solely on the food, have the background blurred out, and are taken with natural lighting. To do this, tap your phone screen to focus on the subject.

A picture-perfect Parisian snack, focusing on the dish and taken in natural lighting.

7. Include details in the foreground
It’s easy to look at the big picture of all the new landscapes and cityscapes you’ll be visiting, but don’t forget the details in the foreground. Capturing the little things that are often overlooked can often make more of an impact in a photo, and tell an even greater story about the scene you are shooting.

Taking a closer look at the gorgeous countryside in Eastern Europe.

8. Take moments, not photos
Above all else, the best travel photographs are not just snapshots of people, places or things – they are snapshots of moments in time. Put some thought into what you are actually shooting so you can be taken back to that exact moment again and again. This is the single best souvenir you can ever bring home from an epic trip abroad.

Capturing the sights, sounds, and experience of Seville, Spain.

Do you have any more tips for taking smartphone photos while traveling? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Eurail

See New York and Save 15%

Take your next trip outside the big city limits and see more of what New York has to offer. Book today using the “Book It Now” button to see New York and save 15% off.
A world of fantastic art, culture and cuisine awaits you in the city that never sleeps. And once you get outside New York City, the state has a wealth of natural wonders for you to see. Take in the natural beauty of:
Niagara Falls
Lake Placid
The Adirondacks
And more
With multiple routes spanning the state, you’ll be able to see more of what New York can offer with the comfort, convenience and savings of Amtrak.
After you book and save 15% on your next trip, visit for additional destination information, or visit for ideas on what to do once you arrive. Find events happening in each destination from New York City to Long Island, Saratoga Springs, Niagara Falls and more. Plan your New York getaway today.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square and take the train home with the additional 1:10 am departure on the Empire Service.

Exclusively available at and via
Valid for 15% off the regular (full) adult rail fare.
Valid for sale through May 26, 2016.
Valid for travel May 31, 2015 – May 31, 2016.
Blackout dates: – July 2, 3 and 5, 2015 – September 4 and 7, 2015 – October 12, 2015 – November 24 – 25 and 28 – 29, 2015 – December 19 – 23 and 26 – 30, 2015 – January 2 – 3, 2016 – February 12 and 15, 2016 – March 24, 25 and 28, 2016 – May 27 and 30, 2016
Advance reservations are required a minimum of five (5) days prior to travel.
Valid for travel on the following services: Adirondack, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express and Maple Leaf.
Valid for travel to/from all cities within the state of New York, also includes travel from New York State to Montreal and St. Lambert, Quebec.
Travel is prohibited between Montreal and St. Lambert, Quebec.
Valid for Coach seats only, no upgrades permitted.
Seating is limited; seats may not be available on all trains at all times.
Up to two (2) children ages 2 – 12 may accompany each adult at half the discounted adult rail fare.
Children and infants must travel with an adult who is at least 18 years or older.
Fares are subject to availability.
Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice.
Not combinable with any other discount offer.
Subject to any restrictions, blackouts and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased and upon which the discount is based.
Once travel has begun, no changes to the itinerary are permitted.
Other restrictions may apply.

Source: Amtrak

2X the Points, Over 500 Destinations

Amtrak travel has its rewards. It’s time you double yours. From September 21 through November 21, 2015, you can earn double points with Double Days(SM). Register today to begin earning twice as fast on your Amtrak travel.
It’s the fastest way to earn Amtrak Guest Rewards points for your Amtrak travel this fall. With over 500 destinations across the country, and the ease, comfort and convenience of the train and our double points promotion, there’s no reason not to go.
The best part to all those points is you’ll be rewarded with free Amtrak travel that much faster. We’ll see you on board.
Not an Amtrak Guest Rewards member? Join today.

Earn double points on qualifying Amtrak travel from September 21, 2015, 12:00:00 am CT through November 21, 2015, 11:59:59 pm CT.
Must be an Amtrak Guest Rewards member and register for this offer online at to participate.
Members must include their membership number when making reservations for travel to qualify.
Limit of two (2) qualifying one-way segments per day.
Amtrak Guest Rewards points will not be awarded for canceled or refunded reservations or tickets.
Amtrak, Amtrak Guest Rewards and Double Days are service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.
Other terms and conditions may apply.


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Book Early and Save 20% on a Great American Getaway

Getting away is always a good idea. And saving 20% when you book early is an even better one. Book your travel at least 14 days in advance aboard many routes across the country now through February 29, 2016, for travel through May 20, 2016, and save 20% on a regular adult fare.
Whether you make your way through the Heartland, if you’re headed up north, down south, or traveling from east to west or to the great Northwest, our lowest available fares await you on these popular Amtrak routes:
California Zephyr: Chicago – Denver – Glenwood Springs – Emeryville (San Francisco)
Capitol Limited: Washington, DC – Pittsburgh – Cleveland – Chicago
Cardinal: New York – Washington, DC – Cincinnati – Indianapolis – Chicago
City of New Orleans: Chicago – Memphis – New Orleans
Coast Starlight: Seattle – Portland – Los Angeles
Crescent: New York – Atlanta – New Orleans
Empire Builder: Chicago – Milwaukee – St. Paul/Minneapolis – Spokane – Portland/Seattle
Lake Shore Limited: New York/Boston – Albany – Chicago
Palmetto/Silver Meteor/Silver Star: New York – Washington, DC – Charleston – Savannah – Orlando – Miami
Southwest Chief: Chicago – Albuquerque – Los Angeles
Sunset Limited: New Orleans – San Antonio – Los Angeles
Texas Eagle: Chicago – St. Louis – Dallas – San Antonio
Want to Save Even More?
In addition to Saver Fares, you can save even more with these passenger discounts:
No matter where you board and no matter where you’re headed aboard these routes, when you book early, Amtrak will help you travel for less this spring and summer. Just settle in and leave the driving to us. It’s time to come aboard and put the adventure back in your travels.

Valid for travel on the following trains only: California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Empire Builder, Lake Shore Limited, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle only.
Valid for sale through February 29, 2016.
Valid for travel through May 20, 2016.
Blackout dates:- November 24 – 25 and 28 – 29, 2015- December 18 – 20, 2015- January 1 – 2, 2016
Offer features our best Saver Fares.
Advance purchase is required a minimum of fourteen (14) days prior to travel.
Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable.
Seating is limited; seats may not be available on all days.
Up to two (2) children (ages 2 – 12) may accompany each adult at half fare.
Children and infants must travel with an adult who is 18 years or older.
Valid for Coach seats only; no sleeper upgrades permitted.
Fares are subject to availability.
Not combinable with any other discount offer.
In addition to the discount restrictions this offer is also subject to any restrictions, blackouts and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased.
Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice.
Once travel has begun, no changes to the itinerary are permitted.
Other restrictions may apply.


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Take the Train to Chicago & Catch a Broadway Show

Comedy, jazz clubs, fine dining and towering skyscrapers, plus a Midwestern style that’s all its own — when you travel to Chicago, you’re charmed by a wholly unique destination. And now when you take the train there you can enjoy one of its biggest attractions — Broadway In Chicago. Best known for attracting pre-Broadway productions, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Theater District with a full range of entertainment. Plan your trip today to see an upcoming show:
Unspeakable: A Dramatic Fantasia Inspired by the Life of Comedian Richard Pryor
October 6 – November 8 at the Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut)
Sex, Drugs and Comedy. Unspeakable is an unflinching ride through the emotional landscape of Richard Pryor spanning sixty-one years and focused on the period between 1967 and 1982. Born and raised in a Peoria brothel owned and operated by his grandmother, Pryor faced situations that forever shaped and scarred his sensitive soul. With a pimp for a father and his mother a whore, young Pryor’s imagination allowed him to escape and ultimately led him to comedy. Unspeakable captures the energy of a man battling success and the demons it invites.
Given the strong language and adult situations inherent in this story, this production is recommended for audiences 16 years of age and older. This play is in no way supported, endorsed or created by, nor does it in any manner emanate from, Richard Pryor, his estate or other successor(s).
November 10 – 15 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph)
MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!.
Sherlock Holmes, starring David Arquette
November 24 – 29, 2015 at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph)
David Arquette stars as SHERLOCK HOLMES, along with James Maslow and Renee Olstead, in an original adaptation by Greg Kramer inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tales. Thrilling, humorous, full of head-scratching crimes and dazzling deduction in the face of cunning evil, SHERLOCK HOLMES takes theatregoers on a heart-stopping adventure through the opium dens, the muddy docklands and the gritty backstreets of London during the turn of the century in a gripping new tale ripped from the canon of Doyle’s classic stories. The production has a quirky sensibility that meshes Victorian London with modern nods to Steampunk.
So, put on your deerstalker cap, pick up a magnifying glass and order tickets now. The play’s afoot!
Recommended for families and children ages 8+.
Emerald City Theatre presents A Charlie Brown Christmas
November 14 – January 3 at the Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut)
Tis the season to celebrate everyone’s favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again! “And for Charlie Brown, it was truly the merriest Christmas ever.”
Theatre for Family Audiences – Best for ages 3 to 13
Beautiful The Carole King Musical
Begins December 1 at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph)
BEAUTIFUL is the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
POTTED POTTER: The Unauthorized Harry Experience
December 1 – January 3 at the Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut)
Whether you camped outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of the Deathly Hallows or you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience — a parody by Dan and Jeff makes for an entertaining and hilarious visit to the theatre and is perfect for the entire family.
Created by former BBC Television hosts Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the play takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing, or potting, all seven Harry Potter books into 70 madcap minutes, aided only by multiple costume changes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. The show also invites audiences to engage with a real life game of Quidditch, but according to Clarkson and Turners unique set of rules.
Buy One Ticket, Get One Ticket Free!*
Use code AMTRAK before selecting seats
* Valid on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances through December 17, 2015. Offer expires December 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Patron must purchase at least 2 tickets – discount will be reflected as 50% off each ticket. Not valid with any other offer or previously purchased tickets. Subject to availability. Standard ticketing fees apply. Other restrictions may apply.
Disney Presents THE LION KING
December 2 January 17 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph)
More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING, and now you can, too, when the worlds best-loved musical returns to the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features some of Broadways most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING.
GOTTA DANCE Pre-Broadway World Premiere!
December 13 January 17 at the Bank of America Theatre (18 W. Monroe)
One remarkable dance team. One big chance. One small twist. You gotta be over 60.
From the director of Kinky Boots and On Your Feet! comes the incredible true story of ten determined dreamers who audition to dance at half time for a major NBA team. They have three things in common: they love to dance, they have something to prove and they are all over 60. It isn’t until they make the cut that they find out they won’t be dancing tap, salsa or swing—they are going to bring down the house with a style that’s entirely new to them: hip hop. Don’t miss this original Broadway-bound musical about a group of ordinary seniors with extraordinary dreams as they battle pain, prejudice, self-doubt and each other for a chance to bust a move at center court in front of 20 thousand screaming fans.
$59 Tickets*
Use code AMTRAK before selecting seats
* Valid for performances through December 24, 2015. Select seating locations only. Not valid with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Subject to availability. Standard ticketing fees apply. Other restrictions may apply.
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus – LIVE!
February 9 – 21, 2016 at the Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut)
When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical. Since being published in 1992, John Gray’s “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,” exploring the differences between the sexes, has sold in excess of 50 million copies, been translated into 40 different languages and is one of the most recognizable titles in the world. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids!
Half-Price Tickets!*
Use code STARS before selecting seats
* Valid for all performances through February 21, 2016. Not valid with any other offers or previously purchased tickets. Subject to availability. Standard ticketing fees apply. Other restrictions may apply.
Source: Amtrak

Save on Downtown-to-Downtown Service Up and Down the Northeast

Amtrak Saver Fares offer daily low prices on the Northeast Regional and select Keystone Service. Save 25% or more off the lowest available fares when you book 14 days in advance. Just choose the “Adult” or “Child” passenger type when booking to receive the discounted fare.
With downtown-to-downtown service, you’re one step closer to all the action. From museums, to Broadway shows or concerts at downtown arenas, to year-round sporting events and shopping, there’s plenty to see and do with one convenient way to get there.
Northeast Regional trains get you to the heart of the city without the stress and hassles of traffic so you can arrive in better frame of mind and take advantage of all the Northeast has to offer.
Select Keystone Service (for reserved seats only) can also take you to New York, NY for less when you travel through Philadelphia and book at least 14 days in advance.
Sample Northeast Regional Saver Fares

To/From New York

Philadelphia, PA
Washington, DC
Boston, MA
Baltimore, MD
Wilmington, DE
Trenton, NJ
Providence, RI

To/From Washington

Philadelphia, PA
Baltimore, MD
Trenton, NJ
Wilmington, DE
Newark, NJ

To/From Philadelphia

Baltimore, MD
Newark, NJ
Boston, MA
Metropark, NJ
New Haven, CT

To/From Boston

New York, NY
Providence, RI
Washington, DC
Philadelphia, PA
New Haven, CT
Stamford, CT

Sample Keystone Service Saver Fares

To/From New York

Lancaster, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Paoli, PA

* Applies to Keystone Service only. All other terms apply to both Northeast Regional and Keystone Service.

Valid only on Northeast Regional service and reserved Keystone Service.
*Offer is not valid for unreserved travel.
Valid for discounted one-way coach fares only; no Business Class upgrades allowed.
Blackout dates: – November 24 – 25 and 28 – 29, 2015 – December 18 – 20, 2015 – January 1 – 2, 2016
Advance purchase is required a minimum of 14 days prior to travel.
Changes made to reservations constitute new travel and require the same advance purchase minimum of 14 days prior to travel.
Fares are non-refundable. Exchanges are permitted for other rail fare purchases.
Seats are limited and fares may not be available on all trains at all times.
Not valid for onboard purchase.
Not combinable with any other discount offer.
Up to two children ages 2 – 12 may accompany each adult at half the discounted (full) adult rail fare.
Children and infants must travel with an adult who is at least 18 years or older.
Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice.
Other restrictions may apply.


Source: Amtrak

Book Early and Save 50% on a Companion Fare Aboard the Sunset Limited

Save 50% on a companion fare when you buy one regular, full-priced fare to any destination between New Orleans, LA and Tucson, AZ on the Sunset Limited this Fall.

Valid for SaleNow through November 30, 2015
Valid for TravelFebruary 1 – 29, 2016

You must click on the “Book Now” button to receive this discount.Fare discount is automatically applied to appropriate fares when qualifying travel is selected.

Book Early and Travel for Less This Winter
Whether you’re heading west to the tranquil high desert of Southern Arizona, or boarding the eastbound train toward Bayou Country and New Orleans, Amtrak will take you and a companion to any destination aboard the Sunset Limited for less.
Leave the Driving to Us
Getting away is always a good idea and taking the train to get there is an even better one. With daily trips between Tucson and the Big Easy, you’ll bypass the congested and crowded roads, making your ride all the more comfortable, relaxing and convenient.

Valid for (1) one 50% off companion rail fare with the purchase of (1) one regular (full) adult rail fare.
Valid for sale November 1 – 30, 2015.
Valid for travel February 1 – 29, 2016.
Blackout dates:- February 12, 2016- February 15, 2016
Valid for travel on the Sunset Limited between New Orleans, LA and Tucson, AZ only (includes all intermediate cities).
Companion and full fare passenger must travel together on the same itinerary and have tickets issued together.
Companion is subject to the same restrictions and conditions as the full fare passenger.
Valid for Coach seats only; no sleeper upgrades permitted.
Seating is limited; seats may not be available on all days.
Up to two (2) children (ages 2 – 12) may accompany each adult at half fare.
Children and infants must travel with an adult who is at least 18 years or older.
Once purchased, fares are non-refundable; exchanges are permitted prior to the original travel date.
Fares are subject to availability.
Not combinable with any other discount offer.
In addition to the discount restrictions, this offer is also subject to any restrictions, blackouts and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased.
Once travel has begun, no changes to the itinerary are permitted.
Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice.
Other restrictions may apply.


Source: Amtrak

Travel for Less with Capitol Corridor's Friends and Family Offer

You must click on the “Book Now” button to receive this discount.
You must select “Adult” in the Passenger Type for all passengers to receive the fare (Child and Senior included).
Fare discount will be automatically applied to the appropriate fare when qualifying travel is selected.

In addition to the big savings, the Capitol Corridor is a fast, convenient and hassle-free way to travel in Northern California. With up to 30 daily trains connecting Sacramento, the Bay Area and San Jose, the Capitol Corridor features spacious coach seating, Wi-Fi and a Café Car so you can grab a bite to eat or something to wet your whistle.
And with direct connections to BART at the Richmond and Oakland Coliseum Stations, plus transit transfers that allow you to connect to local bus and light rail systems at many stops along the way, it’s even easier to travel car-free.
From Old Town Sacramento to sunny San Jose to the one and only San Francisco, there’s no shortage of interesting places to see and things to do along the route. Get out and enjoy a family adventure or group outing in Northern California and save big when you take the Capitol Corridor now through January 1, 2016.

Exclusively available at
Valid for up to five (5) 50% off companions traveling with a paid regular (full) fare adult.
Valid for sale January 30 – December 30, 2015.
Valid for travel February 1, 2015 – January 1, 2016.
Blackout dates are November 22 – 29, 2015
Advance reservations are required a minimum of two (2) days prior to travel.
Valid for travel on the Capitol Corridor and associated Thruways; except not valid on the 7000-8999 Thruways series; offer is not valid on train #523 and #542
Valid for Coach seats only; no upgrades permitted.
Seating is limited, seats may not be availbale on all days.
Companions and regular (full) fare passenger must travel together on the same itinerary and have tickets issued together.
Companions are subject to the same restrictions and conditions as the regular full fare passenger.
Fares are subject to availability.
Not combinable with any other discount offer.
In addition to the discount restrictions; this offer is subject to any restrictions, blackouts and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased.
Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice.
Once travel has begun, no changes to the itinerary are permitted.
Other restrictions may apply.


Source: Amtrak