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Kids can ride Amtrak Hiawatha free on weekends through Sept. 8

Posted at 1:55 PM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 12:39:37-04

Are you thinking about heading to Chicago with your kids on the weekend this summer?

Things just got cheaper for parents on the Milwaukee-to-Chicago route because kids can ride Amtrak Hiawatha for free on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 8.

On Amtrak Hiawatha, one child ages 2-12 (infants under 2 are always free) rides with an adult for free during the specified time.

These children ride along at no cost on the seven round-trips Friday and Saturday and six round-trips Sunday, with stops at Milwaukee Intermodal Station, Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport and Sturtevant in Wisconsin and Glenview and Chicago in Illinois.

On Friday, a late train departs Chicago at 11:25 p.m.

To obtain the discount, use code V518 and purchase tickets online at, on the phone, at the ticket counter or through the Amtrak app. The 50% child discount continues Monday through Thursday.

Students ages 13-25 receive a 15% student discount on the Amtrak Hiawatha. Students can further their savings because the Amtrak Midwest partners, which includes train service in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri, also honor the discount. Use discount code V307.

Amtrak Hiawatha offers free wi-fi and trainside checked bicycle service. Passengers may also travel with their small pets.