NC By Train and Amtrak Offer Summer $5 Kids Ride Deal

Kids ages 2-12 can ride for $5 to 12 destinations in North Carolina


Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Transportation

All aboard! Through an agreement with Amtrak, NC By Train is offering a summer 2017 deal June 1-Aug. 31 through which children ages 2-12 can ride for $5 (with the purchase of a regularly priced adult ticket) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 

NC By Train’s Piedmont and Carolinian trains are sponsored by NCDOT and operated by Amtrak. These trains provide daily service from Raleigh to Charlotte, plus seven additional stops in between.

Children must be accompanied by a paid adult who pays the full fare, and up to two children can ride for the discounted price per paying adult. When reserving tickets at, select the number of adults and number of kids and enter discount code V626. Terms and conditions apply.

Families can hop on board at any of the cities below when traveling NC By Train:

  • Charlotte
  • Kannapolis
  • Salisbury
  • High Point
  • Greensboro
  • Burlington
  • Durham
  • Cary
  • Raleigh
  • Selma
  • Wilson
  • Rocky Mount

If your kids like to play with toy trains or have never ridden a train before, this excursion could be an eye-opening experience and a wonderful way to explore parts of North Carolina your family has never seen in a whole new way. For vacation ideas, see our roundup of 17 Places to See with Kids in North Carolina

Taking a train ride is a great way to relax together and you can discuss the passing scenery or play games. Pack a picnic and make this an affordable getaway your kids will always remember.

Here's a video about the $5 kids ride deal.


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