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Sacramento - Redding Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 9 daily trains from Sacramento to Redding. Traveling by train from Sacramento to Redding usually takes around 10 hours and 24 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Coast Starlight train can make the trip in 3 hours and 16 minutes.

Distance147 mi (236 km)
Fastest train3h 16m
Lowest price$29.74
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Sacramento to Redding

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)




July 20, 2020- Business

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: there were a lot of people but everyone was considerate, so it was a peaceful ride. Cons: if the seats could recline a bit more. Tips: please just stay off your phones.

Pros: there were a lot of people but everyone was considerate, so it was a peaceful ride. Cons: if the seats could recline a bit more. Tips: please just stay off your phones.



July 6, 2020- Business

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: Nice and quiet. Cons: Wifi. Tips: No.

Pros: Nice and quiet. Cons: Wifi. Tips: No.



January 17, 2020- Solo travel

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: It's faster and nicer than taking the bus. And cheaper. Cons: Better updates on stops and communicate with passengers about delays so we're not sitting wondering or looking around at each other in hopes that someone will know what is going on. Tips: Please please...

Pros: It's faster and nicer than taking the bus. And cheaper. Cons: Better updates on stops and communicate with passengers about delays so we're not sitting wondering or looking around at each other in hopes that someone will know what is going on. Tips: Please please please don't talk SO LOUD if you have to use your phone.


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

In the last month, $85.31 was the average price of a train ticket from Sacramento to Redding. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $21.26 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices


If you are trying to decide when to travel from Sacramento to Redding by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for March. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$66 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Sacramento to Redding in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$164 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


If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Redding from Sacramento will be about C$21.26 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Redding?

2 train services operate from Sacramento to Redding. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 8 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak810h 36m$95.62
Amtrak Coast Starlight13h 17m$57.28
  • 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 8 Amtrak trains from Sacramento to Redding every day, as well as 8 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $30.

  • Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight

    The Coast Starlight is an Amtrak train that travels the entire length of the West Coast, connecting Los Angeles to Seattle. The route starts hugging the California coastline, treating passengers to swoon-worthy views of the Pacific, before continuing into the verdant forests of the Cascade Mountains. The Coast Starlight indisputably earns its spot among the most scenic Amtrak train routes. Seating options include Coach or Business Class and roomettes or bedrooms for extra space. A trip from Sacramento to Redding takes 3 hours and 17 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at $36.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Sacramento and Redding is approximately 147 miles, or 236 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 24 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 16 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?

Thursday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Sacramento to Redding. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Thursday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Friday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Sacramento at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Redding?

There are 9 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Sacramento to Redding. 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 Redding to Sacramento.

City Information


As the long-held capital city of California, Sacramento has a rich and vibrant history that is reflected in its historic buildings and quarters. The Old Sacramento Waterfront quarter is the best place to explore the city’s rich heritage. Boasting ages-old constructions and a quaint vibe that is reminiscent of the Wild West, the area allows visitors to travel back in time and relive the Gold Rush era. Among the most interesting destinations in the area is the California State Museum, located at the northern edge of the quarter. It offers numerous restored locomotives as well as exhibitions on the United States’ westward expansion. If history is not really your thing, then the Midtown quarter, which boasts a vibrant and expanding art scene, will be a great alternative.

Sacramento is famous for its vast tracts of farmland, so it makes sense that the best dishes are the ones made from locally-grown produce. Among the best places to try out homemade dishes are The Firehouse and The Kitchen. For a bit of an Asian taste, visit Mikuni in Midtown Sacramento.

The busiest bus station in Sacramento is located right in the heart of the city and offers bus service to Portland, Reno, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, among many other places. The main Amtrak train station is the nearby Sacramento Valley Station, which also serves the Gold Line of the local transit light rail. The principal regional airport is the Sacramento International Airport, located 10 miles northwest of Downtown.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Sacramento?

Main departure station: Salesforce Plaza

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.

All train stations in Sacramento:

  • Salesforce Plaza

  • Union Station

  • Valley Station - 401 I St

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

  • 5885 Horton St

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

  • 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

  • Humboldt State University

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • Downtown Metrolink Station - 4066 Vine St

  • South Strip Transit Term

  • 925 E St Transit Ctr

  • 6th St and C St Bus Stop behind Denny's

  • 201 Pacific St

  • 24 S Sacramento St

Where is the train station in Redding?

Main arrival station: 1530 Yuba St

Redding receives travelers from Sacramento at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Redding:

  • 1530 Yuba St

  • 1620 Yuba St

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