After you’ve checked this $213 scenic train trip from San Francisco to New York off your bucket list, the next voyage you should book is this inexpensive locomotive adventure across our neighbor to the north, Canada.
The four-night, three-day Via Rail journey called the “Canadian” is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to see the most stunning sights Canada has to offer. The best part? You can travel the scenic route, covering 2,775 miles between Toronto and Vancouver, for just $397.
The budget-friendly excursion makes stops in Sudbury Junction, Sioux Lookout, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kamloops, and Jasper, and features breathtaking views of downtown Toronto, the country’s prairie provinces, the Rocky Mountains, and Jasper National Park, according to National Geographic.
What’s more, the journey features champagne toasts, delicious meals prepared daily, and is a strictly Wi-Fi-free experience, which makes it easy to unplug and relax. “It’s traveling back through time almost,” Francois Castonguay, a senior train service attendant told National Geographic. “It’s the complete opposite of high-speed travel.”
Travelers can choose from three levels of service: economy, sleeper, and prestige, and everyone can enjoy views from its scenic domed car. And if you really want to kick back and relax on this venture, you can opt for a sleeper cabin for two, starting at around $1,090.
There are plenty of ways for passengers to save money when booking, too. Adults 60 and older can save 10 percent by entering their age under “passenger type,” and students also receive discounts. You can also search for discounted tickets through the railway’s lowest fare page, the special offers search tool, or sales and special offers featured on the site (be sure to check on Tuesdays, in particular!).