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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Los Angeles to Riverside. Traveling by train from Los Angeles to Riverside usually takes around 4 hours and 15 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Southwest Chief train can make the trip in one hour and 16 minutes.

Distance49 mi (79 km)
Fastest train1h 16m
Lowest price$13.90
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

What is the price of a train ticket from Los Angeles to Riverside?

In the last month, $23.94 was the average price of a train ticket from Los Angeles, CA to Riverside, CA. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 15 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $3.03 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$38$25$13SepOct

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Riverside from Los Angeles is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about C$23 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

$32$25$19$13$6ONDJFMAMJJAS
Traveling from Los Angeles to Riverside by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around C$24 whenever you decide to board the train to Riverside.

Prices as travel date approaches

$32$25$19$13$63020100

Since the average price of train trips from Los Angeles to Riverside remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Los Angeles to Riverside?

2 train services operate from Los Angeles, California to Riverside, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 4 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak44h 44m$26.07
Amtrak Southwest Chief11h 16m$14.78
  • 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. On average, there are 4 Amtrak trains from Los Angeles to Riverside every day, as well as 7 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $14.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Los Angeles to Riverside during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Los Angeles to Riverside?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Los Angeles to Riverside. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Los Angeles to Riverside?

The distance between Los Angeles and Riverside is approximately 49 miles, or 79 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 15 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 16 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Los Angeles to Riverside are the most crowded on Wednesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Saturday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Los Angeles at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Los Angeles to Riverside?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Los Angeles to Riverside. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Riverside to Los Angeles. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Los Angeles to Riverside for $10.09.

City Information

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

Departure stations

Los Angeles has 3 stations where passengers can board the train to Riverside.

Train stations in Los Angeles:

  • Union Station

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

Where is the train station in Riverside?

Arrival stations

Riverside has one train station.

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