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Needles - Riverside Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Needles to Riverside. Traveling by train from Needles to Riverside usually takes around 11 hours and 22 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Southwest Chief train can make the trip in 5 hours and 32 minutes.

Distance170 mi (274 km)
Fastest train5h 32m
Lowest price$42.55
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

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

In the last month, C$63.61 was the average price of a train ticket from Needles, CA to Riverside, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$21.78 more than that for a same-day booking.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 21 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Riverside from Needles will be about C$21.78 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Needles to Riverside?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak214h 17m$80.19
Amtrak Southwest Chief15h 32m$51.77
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Needles to Riverside every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $69.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Needles 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 Needles to Riverside?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Needles 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 Needles to Riverside?

The distance between Needles and Riverside is approximately 170 miles, or 274 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 11 hours and 22 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 32 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Needles to Riverside are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Needles at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 12:00am. 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 Needles to Riverside?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Needles 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 Needles.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Needles?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Needles.

Where is the train station in Riverside?

Arrival stations

Riverside has one train station.

Need a return trip from Riverside to Needles?

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