Intercity train fare priced at $20 in 2008 $22.01 in 2017

Historical Price Inflation for Intercity train fare

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Prices for Intercity Train Fare, 2008-2017 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for intercity train fare were 10.03% higher in 2017 versus 2008 (a $2.01 difference in value).

Between 2008 and 2017: Intercity train fare experienced an average inflation rate of 1.07% per year. In other words, intercity train fare costing $20 in the year 2008 would cost $22.01 in 2017 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.45% during this same period, inflation for intercity train fare was lower.

Price Inflation for Intercity train fare since 2008

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2010 (5.96%), 2017 (3.28%), and 2014 (-2.59%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Intercity train fare:

Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
CPI 105.510 105.226 111.495 111.500 112.133 113.635 110.696 109.969 112.407 116.097

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Buying power of $20 since 2008

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Intercity train fare, over time, for $20 beginning in 2008. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2008 $20.00 -
2009 $19.95 -0.27%
2010 $21.13 5.96%
2011 $21.14 0.00%
2012 $21.26 0.57%
2013 $21.54 1.34%
2014 $20.98 -2.59%
2015 $20.85 -0.66%
2016 $21.31 2.22%
2017 $22.01 3.28%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for intercity train fare, 2008-2017

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 2008 * 2008 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Intercity train fare was 105.510 in the year 2008 and 116.097 in 2017:

116.097 / 105.510 * $20 = $22.01

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2008 has the same "purchasing power" as $22.01 in 2017 (in the CPI category of Intercity train fare).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Intercity train fare in 2008. In addition to intercity train fare, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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