College Students Save 20%


Now here's something to RIDE home about!

Getting a ride is now more affordable than ever with our 20% Student Discount!  Enrolled students attending qualifying California colleges and universities get 20% off rail fares all year long on Amtrak California San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner trains and Thruway bus routes.  Best of all, stations and stops are conveniently located near your campus.

Whether you're exploring California, or just heading home for the weekend to do laundry - Amtrak California is the way to go.  This great offer is available through June 10, 2014 (with the exception of certain blackout dates).

The College Student 20% discount is currently limited to students enrolled in the following colleges/universities.  Students must present a valid/current student ID when purchasing or picking up tickets at the station and while on board:


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Channel Islands
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Sacramento
California State University, Stanislaus
Fresno City College, Fresno
Sacramento City College
San Diego State University, San Diego
San Francisco State University
Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Merced
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Southern California
University of the Pacific, Stockton

Terms and Conditions:

Tickets must be booked online and can be picked up at Amtrak Quik-Trak kiosks, Metrolink Ticket Vending Machines or at staffed stations.

  • Valid for 20% off the regular (full) adult rail fare.
  • Valid for sale August 1, 2013 - June 10, 2014.
  • Valid for travel September 3, 2013 - June 13, 2014 (with the exception of blackout dates).
  • Reservations are required a minimum of three days prior to travel.
Blackout Dates:


October 11, 2013
November 26 - 27, 2013
November 30, 2013
December 1, 2013
January 3 - 5, 2014
February 17, 2014
April 17 - 18, 2014
April 21, 2014
May 23, 2014

Other restrictions may apply.

This offer is valid for 20pct off the regular (full) adult rail fare. This offer is valid for sale between 01AUG13-10JUN14 and valid for travel 03SEP13-13JUN14.  Reservations are exclusively available at via  Reservations are required a minimum of (3) days prior to travel for all service (including unreserved). Blackouts apply on the following dates: 11OCT13, 26-27NOV13, 30NOV13, 1DEC13, 03-05JAN14, 17FEB14, 17-18APR14, 21APR14, and 23MAY14. This offer is valid for travel on the Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin and associated Thruway Service including Merced to Yosemite. All other 7000-8999 Thruways are prohibited for travel. This offer is valid for students attending the following colleges and universities only: California State University (Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento Fullerton, Channel Islands and Stanislaus), Fresno City College, California Polytechnical State University, University of California (Merced, Irvine, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Los Angeles), University of the Pacific, San Diego State University, University of Southern California, San Francisco State University, Sacramento City College and Santa Barbara City College   This offer is valid for coach seats; upgrade to business class is available upon full payment of applicable accommodation charges. Upon request students must present a valid student identification card from one of the colleges or universities stated above.  This discount offer is not valid towards purchase of multi-ride tickets. 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. This offer is not combinable with any other discount offer. 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. Amtrak, Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.