VIA Rail Discounted Summer Fares Offer Simpler and Faster Bookings

    MONTREAL, June 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Whether for a short trip or the journey
of a lifetime, VIA Rail Canada's discounted fares make it simpler, easier and
faster to book the train for individual or family travel this summer. Starting
June 17, discounted fares can be reserved as little as one day in advance of
departure, for trips in Economy class anywhere in VIA's network.

    Some of VIA's discounts include:

    - Kids Travel Free: There is no better experience for parents and kids
      than travelling by train en famille. Between June 1 and September 15,
      purchase one VIA Rail ticket for an adult, senior, youth (18-25) or
      student (18+) and receive a second ticket free for a child (aged 11 or
      under) travelling with you.

    - 60+ travellers: Canada by rail is a journey of a lifetime whether
      travelling on the Canadian, the Ocean or in the Windsor -Quebec City
      corridor. In addition to discounts enjoyed by all adult passengers,
      travelers 60+ can now obtain even deeper discounts when booking three
      days in advance on the discounted sleeper fare for the Canadian and
      other Sleeper class services VIA's Supersaver fares offer substantial
      savings over the regular adult fare within the Corridor as well as
      other services. Refunds/exchanges are permitted at a 25% service
      charge. These new discounts, which are subject to limited availability,
      will replace VIA's Senior Companion Fare.

    - Youth (18 - 25): A baseball game in Toronto, the Jazz Festival in
      Montréal, the wilds of Northern Ontario or a West Coast adventure -
      there's a world beckoning out there and all that is needed to qualify
      for the youth fare is a photo ID. Youth tickets, which offer complete
      flexibility with no service charges for refunds or exchanges, can be
      purchased at a discount in Economy and Sleeper classes as well as on
      the Canrailpass and Corridorpass.

    - VIA's Economy Supersaver fares: For even more flexibility, VIA's
      Economy Supersaver fares, which require 3 day advance purchase, are now
      refundable or exchangeable at a 50% service charge for travel until
      September 15.

    - Group Travel: Groups of 10 or more travellers can now take advantage of
      VIA's special group rates, offering even more savings for travel
      throughout VIA's network.

    - Business Class: Travellers in Business class can also benefit from
      VIA's Supersaver and Discounted fares for end-to-end travel anywhere in
      the Windsor - Quebec City corridor (limited availability and subject to
      other conditions).

    Coming or going, long range plan or impulsive purchase, on your own or
with the family, VIA Rail can accommodate you quickly and easily. VIA's
discounts are subject to availability and other conditions may apply. For more
information on all available discounts and full fare rules or to book a trip
anywhere in the VIA system, customers can visit or call 1 888 VIA
RAIL (842-7245), TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired).

For further information:

For further information: VIA Media Contact: Ashley Doyle, Corporate
Communications, (416) 956-7613,

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