VIA Rail Canada Offers Significant Spring Savings Including Half-Offs And 2-For-1 Deals



    Travellers Enjoy Discounts System-wide, Including VIA 1 and Sleeper
    Classes

    MONTREAL, March 27 /CNW/ - Whether experiencing the rustic romance of the
Maritimes, the bustle of major cities throughout Ontario and Quebec or the
melting snow and rushing waters of the Canadian Rockies, VIA Rail Canada
offers steep savings throughout the country and across all levels of service
this spring. Free tickets for those travelling with adults over 60 years of
age, up to 50% savings for travel aboard select services, and deals in VIA 1
and Comfort classes within the Windsor-Quebec City Corridor make it easy for
travellers to save their extra cash for a rainy April day.
    Here's a glimpse of some of VIA's spring travel deals.

    Up to 50% Off All Spring Long from the East to the West(*)

    Book by March 31, 2008 and receive a discount of up to 50% based on
regular adult peak period fares aboard VIA Rail's Canadian travelling between
Toronto and Vancouver; the Ocean travelling between Montréal and Halifax; and
the Chaleur travelling between Montréal and Quebec's Gaspé region. The
discount is available for travel through June 14, 2008, for Comfort and
Comfort Sleeper services on the Ocean and Chaleur trains and until May 31,
2008 for Silver & Blue class service on board the Canadian. VIA's sleeping car
services feature cozy bedrooms with duvet bedding, towels, a shower kit, and
turn-down chocolates. All trains feature tastefully decorated dining cars
serving locally-inspired cuisine and a selection of fine wines and spirits.
Tickets are subject to availability. Visit viarail.ca/50eastwest for complete
conditions.

    VIA 1 Class at a Fraction of the Price

    Customers travelling in VIA 1 class can now enjoy deep discounts along
VIA Rail's Windsor to Québec City Corridor service. With fares starting as low
as $79 travellers can book a ticket that includes complimentary meal and
beverage service and access to relaxing Panorama Lounges located in many
Corridor stations. Sample fares include travel from Toronto to Montréal for
$149, representing a discount of over 30%. Pay-for-demand wireless internet
service is also available on-board the Corridor. Space is subject to
availability and must be booked at least one day prior to departure. For more
information and conditions, visit viarail.ca/ultimate.

    Cash in on Comfort Class Deals on the Corridor

    Travellers can also benefit from a special one day advance purchase of
Comfort Class fares of $59 valid between Toronto and either Montréal or Ottawa
for travel completed by May 31, 2008, as well as our existing advance purchase
fares within the Windsor-Québec City corridor. Tickets are subject to
availability and other conditions may apply.

    Seniors - Bring a Friend for FREE!

    Year-round, VIA's Senior Companion Fare allows passengers age 60 and over
who purchase a ticket at the regular senior's fare to bring along a companion
- of any age - for free when travelling in Comfort Class or at 75%
sleeper/premium class fares. Tickets must be purchased at least five days
prior to departure and are subject to availability. For more information visit
viarail.ca/2for1.

    To take advantage of these spring savings call 1-888-VIA-RAIL (842-7245)
or visit viarail.ca/offers.

    VIA's Got Your Ticket to Ride

    Passengers can also take advantage of year-round savings when purchasing
any of VIA's travel passes. CANRAILPASS provides 12 days of unlimited travel
in Canada on VIA Rail's Comfort Class service during a 30-day period.
CORRIDORPASS allows for 10 days of travel in the Windsor-Québec City corridor
(subject to certain conditions). Fares are available for Comfort and VIA 1
class, subject to restrictions.

    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. Demand continues
to grow as more Canadians turn to train travel as a safe and convenient travel
choice.

    
    (*) All VIA Rail Canada rates quoted are per person, not including
        applicable taxes. Fares (and fare conditions) are subject to change
        without notice. Some fare plans require advance purchase and are
        subject to limited-availability. Other conditions may apply.
    





For further information:

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


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