Make the most of every field trip. Downeaster Discovery Field Trip program

Downeaster Discovery Field Trip

The Downeaster Discovery Field Trip Program allows school and youth groups to travel on the Downeaster (Sunday- Thursday) for $15 to $19 per person round-trip! (Groups traveling September through March pay $15 per person, and groups traveling April through June pay $19 per person.) Onboard, kids can move around, socialize and grab a snack from the Downeaster Cafe. Teachers can organize activities and games, even provide a speaker to make the train part of the learning experience!

Planning a Downeaster Discovery Field Trip is Easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Submit a Group Reservation Request Form online at least 21 days before your intended date of travel. The Amtrak Group Desk, located in Riverside, CA, reviews all Downeaster Group Requests and will notify you via email or fax within seven business days if seats are available on the date of travel requested.
  1. Create a Passenger Name List
    Your confirmation letter will include a Passenger Name List, which will need to be completed and returned to the Amtrak Group Desk at least ten days prior to your trip. List the first and last names of all passengers traveling in your group and e-mail it back to or fax it to 1-800-872-3298.
  1. Purchase your tickets
    Payment can be made to the Amtrak Group Desk using a credit card or business check made out to “Amtrak.” Personal checks will not be accepted. If mailing your payment, an additional $15 is required for FedEx delivery of your group ticket.

Need assistance with your travel plans or have specific questions regarding the Downeaster Discovery program? Contact our local representative Jennifer Crosby at