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How to get to San Francisco by train

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City Information

Located in the heart of Northern California's Bay Area, San Francisco is a geographically small but culturally huge city known for its historic cable cars, active waterfront, and the eclectic mix of hippies and techies who call it home. While it might be one of the most expensive U.S. cities to live in, San Fran can actually be very cheap to visit, and there is no shortage of unique sights to see.

If the city's omnipresent fog (nicknamed "Karl the Fog" by locals) takes a break, the best views and Instagram photo ops of the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge are found in Golden Gate Park. Stroll through the oldest Chinatown in North America to find the perfect dim sum, or if you and your boo prefer a little Full House moment, try a romantic picnic at Alamo Square Park in front of the Victorian "Painted Ladies." After all, San Francisco is one of the best vacation destinations for couples.

Since the city is condensed onto a small peninsula, exploring by bike is an efficient and scenic way to get around. When you’re ready to travel beyond city limits, San Francisco is a convenient hub for trips throughout Northern California. It's actually the first stop on Wanderu's West Coast Wine Tour, with the next stop, obviously, in Napa Valley. Whether traveling by bus, train, or through either of the two nearby airports, San Francisco is a can't-miss destination.

Station Information

Behind a modern curved façade lies San Francisco’s commuter hub, the Salesforce Transit Center. This gateway to downtown San Francisco and the entire Bay Area welcomes tens of thousands of passengers every day. Finding your way around is easy thanks to more than 270 digital displays with transit information. The Salesforce Transit Center serves as a bus station for Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway buses, as well as several public transit options for convenient connections. A standout feature of the Salesforce Transit Center is a public five-acre rooftop park which gives travelers an open space to relax. Rotating food trucks, cafés, carts, and pop-up retail make this a dynamic and vibrant destination in itself.

Popular train stations in San Francisco:

  • Salesforce Plaza

What train companies travel to San Francisco, California?

Located in California, San Francisco is accessible by train from 3 other cities. You can choose from 108 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to San Francisco on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to San Francisco are also available..

Train companies serving San Francisco

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak39h 24m$71.07
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to San Francisco?

$9.34 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to San Francisco, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to San Francisco. In the last month, trains from Emeryville to San Francisco had the lowest average price at $60.00.

Where is the train station in San Francisco, CA?

The main train station in San Francisco is Salesforce Plaza. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around San Francisco.

Which train service has the best service to San Francisco?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to San Francisco by train with Amtrak giving them a 4.4 rating out of 5. Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak had the most comfortable train service to San Francisco taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak offers. They rate Amtrak a 4.2 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard. If you are looking to arrive to San Francisco punctually travelers suggest that Amtrak has the best on time performance on their train schedules to San Francisco, rating them a 4.1 based on their on time arrivals.

What is the closest airport to San Francisco, CA?

The closest airport to San Francisco is San Francisco Intl Airport (SFO), it is located 10.9 miles from the city center of San Francisco.

Is San Francisco a popular train travel destination?

San Francisco ranks number 20 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 182 in United States. San Francisco ranks number 81 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to San Francisco via train service. On average 0 direct daily train trips serve San Francisco.

What is the population of San Francisco?

The population of San Francisco is 864816. San Francisco ranks number 12 in terms of population in California and number 90 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to San Francisco cost?

Train tickets to San Francisco range from $9 for a short trip to San Francisco, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to San Francisco starts at , and a longer trip by train to San Francisco can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as .

What type of traveler does San Francisco attract?

Solo travelers choose to travel by train to San Francisco for its affordable fares and because of the safe and convenient experience that they note in their reviews.

What train station is located closest to the city center of San Francisco?

The closest train station to the city center of San Francisco is Salesforce Plaza, located just 1.5 miles away. Select Salesforce Plaza as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of San Francisco. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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