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Sacramento-Fresno Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There are 9 daily trains from Sacramento to Fresno. Traveling by train from Sacramento to Fresno usually takes around 4 hours and 23 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 3 hours and 40 minutes.

Distance158 mi (254 km)
Fastest train3h 40m
Lowest price$28.46
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Sacramento, CA to Fresno, CA

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Hughes

May 4, 2021 - Visiting family

Amtrak

easy to book and travel

easy to book and travel

4.0

Sokhim

March 26, 2021 - Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: No delays. Cons: Snacks and drinks. Tips: If your sick or don't feel well please stay home and reschedule the trip.

Pros: No delays. Cons: Snacks and drinks. Tips: If your sick or don't feel well please stay home and reschedule the trip.

5.0

Heather

January 19, 2020 - Solo travel

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: I loved it! I could relax and sleep and not worry about traffic or falling asleep. The Amtrak station was clean and reminded me of an airport, but quieter without all the people. Buying the ticket was easy. I find the train such a great alternative, and very affo...

Pros: I loved it! I could relax and sleep and not worry about traffic or falling asleep. The Amtrak station was clean and reminded me of an airport, but quieter without all the people. Buying the ticket was easy. I find the train such a great alternative, and very affordable. Tips: Ride it and you'll love it!

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5.0

Deanna

August 14, 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: Relaxing and smooth ride. Bought last minute. App and eticket are very efficient. Cons: I use WiFi all the time. The WiFi shows available on the train, but for the life of me I couldn’t hook up to it. I have an iPhone 6Xs.

Pros: Relaxing and smooth ride. Bought last minute. App and eticket are very efficient. Cons: I use WiFi all the time. The WiFi shows available on the train, but for the life of me I couldn’t hook up to it. I have an iPhone 6Xs.

5.0

Eleanor

July 9, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: Amtrak, especially in California, is underrated, especially if you're traveling through the Central Valley corridor. I love that for three hours I can nap, read, and just gaze out the window. The train station in Sacramento has a nice Starbucks next door (but it ...

Pros: Amtrak, especially in California, is underrated, especially if you're traveling through the Central Valley corridor. I love that for three hours I can nap, read, and just gaze out the window. The train station in Sacramento has a nice Starbucks next door (but it wasn't open when we arrived at 5:30 a.m.) and still has the 1920s mahogany interior with polished wooden benches, chandeliers and the John MacQuarrie mural. Cons: The train platform is a quarter mile from the station, so give yourself time to walk there, or take the little trams that run between the back door and the platforms. (They get busy when multiple trains are boarding/arriving, so it's not unusual to have to wait ten minutes or longer for an open one to arrive.) Once en route, the cafe car for some reason doesn't open until the train is in Lodi. The food and coffee are decent and reasonably priced, but the quality reminds me of airline food. Tips: Bring a book, game, something to occupy your time. The scenery along the route can be kind of meh, especially in the summer when everything is baked brown by the sun. That said, this one family sitting near me was playing a form of agricultural bingo where they looked for different fruits and vegetables growing along the tracks. There are orchards of almonds, pears, peaches and other fruits growing like forests.

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What is the price of a train ticket from Sacramento to Fresno?

In the last month, C$32.27 was the average price of a train ticket from Sacramento, CA to Fresno, 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 8 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$8.31 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$54$36$18JunJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Sacramento to Fresno will vary between C$31 and C$47. Planning a train trip to Fresno within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Sacramento over the next 7 days is C$31. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$61$48$36$24$12JASONDJFMAMJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Sacramento to Fresno by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for May. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$33 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Sacramento to Fresno in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$39 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$61$48$36$24$123020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 8 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Fresno from Sacramento will be about C$8.31 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Fresno?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Sacramento, California to Fresno, California. However, there are 9 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak94h 24m$35.65
  • 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 9 Amtrak trains from Sacramento to Fresno every day, as well as 10 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $28.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Sacramento to Fresno 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 Sacramento to Fresno?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Sacramento to Fresno. 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 Sacramento to Fresno?

The distance between Sacramento and Fresno is approximately 158 miles, or 254 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 23 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 40 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 Sacramento to Fresno 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 Friday 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 Sacramento at 5:00am 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 Sacramento to Fresno?

There are 9 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Fresno to Sacramento. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Sacramento to Fresno for $18.15.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Sacramento?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Sacramento.

Where is the train station in Fresno?

Arrival stations

Fresno has one train station.

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