Amtrak’s signature Acela train is celebrating its 20 years of service with super cheap business class tickets between Boston and Washington D.C. — and anywhere in between — for $20.
The Acela service zips people across the Northeast Corridor, reaching speeds as fast as 150 mph and stopping at 16 stations in nine states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The current fleet has carried more than 52.5 million passengers since the service debuted in December 2000.
To celebrate the decades-long service, through Nov. 12 customers can buy a one-way business class ticket for stops anywhere along the corridor for travel between Nov. 16 and Dec. 17. Thanksgiving week, Fridays, and Sundays, however, are blacked out.
“Celebrating 20 years of Acela service is an incredible milestone,” Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Roger Harris said in a statement provided to Travel + Leisure. “For anyone who has been curious about the premium travel experience on our flagship product, this is your chance to ride Acela for a special, low fare that is only available for two days.”
Amtrak allows Acela business class customers to reserve seating in advance at no extra cost, a feature the company introduced in August to make passengers feel safer during the coronavirus pandemic. It came after Amtrak introduced a host of safety initiatives, including requiring both customers and employees wear face masks, implementing an onboard filtration system, and allowing customers to book based on how full a train is.
The efforts also comes as the rail company looks toward the future, recently unveiling its 2021 Acela line, which will reduce carbon output by about 40% per customer and feature 25% more seats, more legroom, and even craft beers onboard.
Those who aren’t on the East Coast can always take advantage of Amtrak’s private rooms, which give people privacy — and make social distancing a breeze — while still allowing them to explore breathtaking sites all around the country, including several national parks the trains travel through.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.