Canada 150 Youth Pass
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Canada 150 Youth Pass details
Who's it for?
Anyone who’s 12 to 25 years old (or 26+ with an ISIC) at the time of travel.
Can I share my pass?
Passes are non-transferable. The names on the VIA Rail Canada 150 Youth Pass and boarding passes need to match. Plus, you’re required to travel with valid government-issued photo identification.
Where can I go?
Travel when and where you want, but respect that others want to do the same. So, wait until you’re sure about the when and the where before booking. If your plans change along the way, remember that you’ll need to cancel your reservation as soon as possible.
When can I go?
You can book your trip(s) starting April 19, 2017, at midnight Pacific Time (3 a.m. Eastern Time) for train departures between July 1 and 31, 2017.
Which class and fare can I book?
You can book the Escape fare for travel in Economy class (subject to seat availability for this class of service). On certain trains, access to certain sections may be limited or refused.
Pro tip: Book your seats on off-peak trains (e.g. at 11:30 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. in the Québec City - Windsor corridor). There’ll be more availability.
A few things to avoid
We want to ensure everyone gets to travel as much as possible. So, your pass (and all the tickets you’ve booked) could be immediately cancelled without a refund if:
• Your plans change and you don’t cancel your booking before the train leaves.
• You make illogical or abusive bookings, such as departing from two different places when it would be impossible to travel all legs of the trip or having duplicate bookings on the same train or for multiple departures on the same date.
• You aren’t respecting the conditions of the Canada 150 Youth Pass, such as the age restriction (12–25), and/or the conditions of the boarding passes.
• You do not follow onboard policies.
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- Make sure your VIA profile is complete.
If you’re travelling with friends, you (or another member of your group) should book for everyone. (Just add up to five of your friends and their pass numbers to your profile.)
Pro tip: This is especially important when travelling within the Corridor, since seating is pre-assigned (not the case on the Canadian, the Ocean or regional trains).
Plan ahead and check out the different options. It’s nice to be a little flexible with your departure dates and times.
Pro tip: Delays are a very real thing, so plan accordingly. While we at VIA strive to ensure our trains run on time, we can encounter delays that are unfortunately out of our control. We suggest that you take this into consideration when planning your connecting transportation on the day of your arrival.
- Get the VIA Rail app to manage your bookings and boarding pass(es).
Note: Booking may be slower than usual due to increased traffic on our website. You may experience a delay between the time you book and the time you receive your boarding pass(es). As long as you get a confirmation number, you’re good to go.
Where do you want to go?
Canada 150 Youth Pass fare
Ever heard of Viking, Alberta? Well, now you have. What about Parent, Quebec? We didn’t think so. How about Charlo, New Brunswick? Then now’s your chance! So, go ahead—take a look at all our destinations, start googling, and get ready for a month of whatever you’re up for.
Pro tip: We don’t offer the same onboard services on every train. Download Canada’s Best Window to learn more.
Good things to know
Before the trip
You can bring your own food on the train or buy snacks on board (cash will make your life easier. Credit cards are accepted, but not debit cards). You cannot consume your personal alcoholic drinks, i.e. ones that you did not buy on the train.
If you’re not accustomed to travelling by train, you may be wondering about how things are done on board. Make sure to check our On-board policies.
Pack your bag
Take a look at our Baggage Policy or your confirmation email for a few suggestions on what to pack to make the most of your time on board.
For a short trip
Wi-Fi is available on all trains within the Québec City–Windsor corridor. Don’t forget your chargers (there are power outlets at every seat) and headphones to watch VIA’s On-Train Entertainment System.
For an overnight trip
Packing for one of our long-distance trains, like the Canadian (Toronto–Vancouver) or the Ocean (Montreal–Halifax), or one of our adventurous regional trains is a little different.
Wi-Fi is only available in select cars on the Ocean, so make sure to pack something to read, download shows or movies ahead of time, bring games, and look into upping your data plan. (You’re going to want to share. A lot.)
Remember to bring your own pillow and blanket (or purchase them on board). The longer trip, the greater the chances of arriving at your destination late.
Once you’ve booked your spot on the train, don’t forget to find a place to stay. Smaller towns and popular destinations can fill up fast. (Especially for Canada’s 150th.)
Available to travellers 12-25 years old (or 26+ with ISIC)
The entire VIA Rail network across Canada.
CLASS OF SERVICE:
Valid for travel in Economy class, with bookings only using the Escape fare.
July 1 to July 31, 2017
EXCHANGES & REFUNDS:
Refundable provided that:
• The pass has not expired.
• No trips have been made using the pass.
• No tickets booked with the pass have been cancelled after the scheduled departure of the train.
Once a trip has been made, or a ticket using the pass has been cancelled after the train’s scheduled departure, the pass becomes completely non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Tickets booked using this pass may be cancelled at any time prior to the scheduled departure of the train.
To modify an existing ticket, any changes must be done prior to the departure time of the original booking.
Passes are strictly non-transferable and are only valid for travel solely by the person in whose name the pass has been issued.
At time of purchase and when using your pass, valid government-issued proof of age identification with photo for those 12 to 25 years old is required and must be presented to VIA personnel upon request. A valid ISIC card will be accepted for those aged 26 years and older.
Pass credits cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Upgrades to other classes of service are not permitted.
Other conditions may apply.
DUPLICATE, ILLOGICAL OR UNAUTHORIZED BOOKINGS:
The following practices may result in the immediate cancellation of a pass, with no refund:
• Duplicate bookings on the same train or on multiple departures for the same date.
• Illogical bookings, such as departing from two different places when it would be impossible to travel all legs of such trips.
• Failure to cancel an unused booking prior to train departure.
• Use of a pass when government-issued photo identification does not match both the first and last names of the passenger on the ticket.
HOW TO BOOK ONLINE:
1) Log in to your profile.
2) Book your one-way or round-trip ticket for travel within the valid period and for the “Youth” passenger type.
3) On the “Passenger’s Information” screen, select “Rail pass” as the “Discount Type” and enter the 13-digit serial number of your pass in the “Serial Number” field.
If your trip meets the conditions of your pass, your trip will be re-priced at $0.00.