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August 20, 2019

Glad to be back: Full Amtrak City of New Orleans Service


Flood gates closed and trackwork finished means Buy One, Get One fares with the return of Amtrak trains in Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee 

NEW ORLEANS – Since early May, a combination of floodgates opened on a spillway near New Orleans, other route restrictions and scheduled track improvements has resulted in a summer of disruption that is finally ending for Amtrak City of New Orleans customers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. To celebrate the restoration of full service by Trains 58 & 59, Amtrak is offering a buy-one, get-one (BOGO) fare for coach and sleeping car customers traveling to or from all our stations between Memphis and New Orleans. 

“All of that is behind us, so now let’s celebrate by thanking our customers and the Amtrak team that rode and worked through these disruptions,” said Nick Genevish, Director, Amtrak Long Distance Service Line. “We don’t do BOGO fares for coach and sleeping car customers simultaneously very often, so this is an exciting offer to welcome back our customers to and from Memphis, Jackson and New Orleans, plus the intermediate stops in Hammond, McComb, Brookhaven, Hazelhurst, Yazoo City, Greenwood and Marks.” 

Sample fares as low as those below are for two adult customers for travel through September in coach or sharing a Roomette if they are purchased as one reservation at least three days before travel using Discount Code V512. See details and book by Aug. 31 at 

City Pairs Two Customers in Coach, each way Two Customers in a Roomette each way 
Chicago – Memphis $109  $197 
Chicago – Jackson $125 $232 
Chicago – New Orleans $135 $269 
Champaign-Urbana – New Orleans $121  $225 
Carbondale New Orleans $106 $207 
Memphis – New Orleans $62  $155 
Jackson – New Orleans $28 $84 

Meals including soft beverages, salads and desserts are included in the fares for sleeping car customers. Coach customers are invited to purchase meals, snacks and beverages while aboard the trains. 

Customers riding this Wednesday will receive a commemorative item that celebrates the service restoration, with media events in New Orleans, Hammond and Jackson


For More Information

Marc Magliari
Amtrak Contact
312 544.5390

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