Cheap Los Angeles to San Francisco  train tickets

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How much are Los Angeles to San Francisco train tickets?

Lowest Price$68.54
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Frequent questions about traveling by train from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Is there a direct train from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

Unfortunately, there is not a direct train from L.A. to San Francisco. The Amtrak Coast Starlight runs from Union Station in L.A. through Diridon Caltrain Station in San Jose and Jack London Square Station in Oakland, but will require you to disembark at one of those locations and take a different train into the city. The Muni Metro light rail also offers routes from San Jose and Oakland into San Francisco.

How does taking the train from L.A. to San Francisco compare to driving?

The drive from Los Angeles takes a minimum of 5.5 hours, and is about 382 miles from city to city. The fastest train from L.A. to San Francisco takes 8 hours, but makes for a more relaxing journey because you don’t have to worry about traffic, and can get work done on the Amtrak Wi-Fi network while en route.

How to buy cheap train tickets from Los Angeles to San Francisco ?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Los Angeles to San Francisco was $71.73. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 10 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $6.59 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco ? What is the distance between Los Angeles to San Francisco ?

The distance between Los Angeles to San Francisco is 347.62 miles or 559.30 km. A train trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco typically takes 10 hours and 28 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Francisco faster, the fastest advertised duration is offered by Amtrak. The fastest train trip covers the distance in 9 hours and 13 minutes to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Going from Los Angeles to San Francisco by train takes over 10 hours to reach your destination. For a lengthy train journey we recommend you pack a great book, or download a few movies to have them available offline just in case you are outside of a service coverage area. Don't forget to bring some water and a battery pack to keep all of your electronics charged.

On Tuesday trains from Los Angeles to San Francisco are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Saturday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

Amtrak has the most frequent connections between Los Angeles to San Francisco

Typically there are 29 schedules to compare for your trip to San Francisco. One train carrier operates regular service on the Los Angeles to San Francisco route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between Los Angeles to San Francisco, usually offering 29 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco, you will need to disembark from the first train and board a connecting train. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may be responsible for transferring your own checked luggage, but you will definitely need to bring your hand luggage.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Los Angeles to San Francisco, which start at $10.53.

One train carrier connects Los Angeles to San Francisco

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Los Angeles to San Francisco start from $68.54, and on average cost $76.46. Daily there are 29 Amtrak schedules to San Francisco. Amtrak in Los Angeles leaves from Union Station and 4 other stations. And in San Francisco trains arrive at Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St and 3 other train stations.

From Los Angeles to San Francisco train travel on Amtrak takes 10 hours and 29 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Francisco faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 9 hours and 13 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 29 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $76.77 for a one-way train ticket to San Francisco.

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There are 5 different stations that serve train trips to San Francisco that you can compare to see what best fits your travel plans.. The busiest departure station in Los Angeles serving this route is Union Station, Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd, 592 Gayley Ave, Catalina Express Terminal, 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd.
  • Union Station
  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • 592 Gayley Ave
  • Catalina Express Terminal
  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd
There are 4 different stations where trains arrive to in San Francisco. You can review and use the directions feature on Wanderu to see which station is closest to your final destination., The busiest departure station in Los Angeles serving this route is Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St, Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf, 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St, 835 Market St.
  • Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St
  • Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf
  • 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St
  • 835 Market St