VIA Rail Canada announced discounts of about 25 percent for Sleeper Plus accommodations on its premiere long-haul train, the Canadian, that operates between Toronto and Vancouver. Take the entire trip for $750 in an upper berth or $1,131 in a sleeper cabin, or take just one segment starting at $200 and $300, respectively, for Edmonton-Saskatoon. Sleeper fares include all meals. Book by March 9 and travel through May 31.
As usual, you can find even lower last-minute fares on limited dates and routes through VIA Rail's Express Deals promotions. Currently, for example, you can get a Sleeper Plus two-person cabin between Toronto and Vancouver for $514 per person on a few departures during March. Express Deals apply systemwide, not just on the Canadian: A coach seat between Toronto and Windsor is $49 (regularly $106).
In the U.S., this is the last call for two of Amtrak's current promotions:
- A 50 percent companion discount on the Palmetto between Fayetteville and Savannah or on the Crescent between Atlanta and New Orleans. Buy by February 21; travel June 1 to June 30. Both of these trips operate during daytime hours. As usual with Amtrak, these promotions include travel in either direction and travel between intermediate stations; they're limited to coach only, and the usual seat limitations apply.
- If you're a regular user of the Acela Express and a member of Amtrak's Guest Rewards program, complete at least three round-trips or six one-way segments by February 29 and get a "free" business class trip between July 4 and August 30. The fare for each qualifying segment must be at least $90.
Several discount promotions we mentioned earlier—to Seattle (and return) and on the Adirondack, Missouri River Runner, and Chicago-area trains—still have another two months to run.