Kids travel free and more: Summer savings from VIA Rail



    Savings for travellers of all ages, in Comfort and VIA 1 classes of
    Service

    MONTREAL, June 10 /CNW/ - If rising gas prices are making you rethink
your summer road trip, VIA Rail Canada may be just the answer to part with the
pump, with deep discounts system-wide offered for the summer travel season.
Convenient, comfortable and more affordable than ever, VIA Rail's services are
the ideal way to see multiple Canadian destinations in one vacation
experience. Free tickets for children, special savings for seniors and their
travel companions, and the opportunity to be pampered in VIA 1 Class are just
a few of the ways to help make the most of this year's family vacation.
    Following are a sampling of summer deals offered by VIA Rail Canada this
season. For more information visit viarail.ca/offers or call (888) VIA-Rail
(842-7245).

    Kids Travel Free

    For travel from June 1 - September 15, 2008, those over 18 purchasing a
senior, student (18+), youth (18 to 25), or adult-fare ticket in VIA's Comfort
Class (economy) can bring a child ages 2-11 for free (children under two years
of age always travel free as long as they do not occupy a seat), but this
promotion lets tiny tots enjoy their own seat at no extra cost! Available on
every VIA train system-wide, the "Kids Travel Free" program makes it even more
affordable to plan the perfect family getaway on VIA while exploring some of
Canada's most exciting destinations.

    Seniors - Bring a friend for FREE!

    VIA's Senior's Companion Fares allow passengers age 60 and over traveling
in Comfort Class (economy) to bring along a companion for free. For July and
August in VIA 1 Class on the Ontario-Quebec Corridor trains, and in sleepers
year-round, seniors' travel companions receive a 75% discount off the regular
adult fare. Tickets must be booked three or more days before departure and are
subject to limited availability. There are no restrictions on the age of the
companion.

    VIA 1 Promotional Fare

    VIA 1 Class is the premier-level service on VIA's Ontario-Québec Corridor
trains. VIA has extended special promotional fares between several cities. For
example, travel between Toronto-Montréal or Toronto-Ottawa is just $149. VIA 1
includes access to the Panorama Lounge, pre-boarding privileges, at-your-seat
meal and beverage service and pay per use Wi-Fi access. Other special VIA 1
fares are available through the Québec City-Windsor Corridor.

    Half-Price Saturday Travel Through September 27, 2008

    Each Saturday until September 27, 2008, passengers can "half it both
ways" when traveling within the Ontario-Quebec Corridor. This special fare is
valid on trips worth CAD $80 or less at the regular adult fare (before taxes).
With this deal, travelers visiting destinations within the Corridor -
including Windsor, Toronto, Niagara, Kingston, London, Ottawa, Montréal and
Québec City - can take day trips on Saturdays and receive the half-off
discount in both directions. Travel times between these destinations are
generally less than three hours in each direction. No advance purchase is
required, but the number of seats offered on this discount is limited.

    Win big with VIA's "Flexi Fares"- coast-to-coast savings. VIA's "Flexi
Fares" are based on a one-way fare concept and have common conditions and
restrictions throughout the VIA network. Depending on availability, Comfort
class passengers may choose from Regular Fares, Discounted Fares or Supersaver
Flexi. For more information visit viarail.ca/flexifares.

    VIA Rail Canada has your ticket to ride

    Summer is the season of festivals and with so much to see and do in
Canada, the summer is a great time to travel with VIA Rail. The 2008
Canrailpass provides access to the entire VIA system. Included in this pass is
12 days of unlimited travel during a 30-day period, and allows passengers to
make as many stops as required throughout their journey. Passes start at $879
CAD/adult, children, students and seniors for just $791/CAD. Pass prices
reduced for those travelling after October 16, 2008. For more information
visit viarail.ca/canrailpass.
    Planning an excursion with VIA's Corridorpass is easy allowing visitors
10-days of travel in the busy Windsor to Québec City Corridor. Corridor passes
are available in comfort or VIA 1 seating. Prices start at $314 CAD/adult or
$283 CAD/children seniors and students in Comfort Class. For more information
visit viarail.ca/corridorpass.

    About VIA Rail Canada
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    As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is
to provide efficient, environmentally responsible and cost effective passenger
transportation services, both in Canada's busiest corridor and in remote and
rural regions of the country. VIA serves more than 450 communities with a
network of inter-city, transcontinental and regional trains. Increasingly
travelers are turning to train travel as a hassle-free and cost efficient
alternative to congested roads and airports as well as a more environmentally
responsible way to travel.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Catherine Kaloutsky, Corporate
Communications, (416) 956-7683, Catherine_kaloutsky@viarail.ca; Ashley Doyle,
Corporate Communications, (416) 956-7613, Ashley_doyle@viarail.ca


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