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Trip Summary

There are 10 daily trains from Sacramento to San Francisco. Traveling by train from Sacramento to San Francisco usually takes around 2 hours and 51 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance75 mi (121 km)
Fastest train2h 10m
Lowest price$30.27
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Sacramento, CA to San Francisco, CA

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Tzvi

April 30, 2021 - Solo travel

Amtrak

Very comfortable and smooth. Quite and relaxed.

Very comfortable and smooth. Quite and relaxed.

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

In the last month, C$38.96 was the average price of a train ticket from Sacramento, CA to San Francisco, CA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 12 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$0.76 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 San Francisco will vary between C$39 and C$44. Planning a train trip to San Francisco within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Sacramento over the next 7 days is C$39. 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

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Traveling from Sacramento to San Francisco 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$39 whenever you decide to board the train to San Francisco.

Prices as travel date approaches

$61$48$36$24$123020100

Since the average price of train trips from Sacramento to San Francisco 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 Sacramento to San Francisco?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Sacramento, California to San Francisco, California. However, there are 10 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak102h 52m$39.21
  • 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 10 Amtrak trains from Sacramento to San Francisco every day, as well as 9 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $30.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Sacramento to San Francisco 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 San Francisco?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Sacramento to San Francisco, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from Sacramento to San Francisco?

The distance between Sacramento and San Francisco is approximately 75 miles, or 121 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 51 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 10 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Sacramento to San Francisco are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Sunday 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 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 San Francisco?

There are 10 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 San Francisco to Sacramento. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Sacramento to San Francisco for $12.10.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Sacramento?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Sacramento.

Where is the train station in San Francisco?

Arrival stations

San Francisco has one train station.

Need a return trip from San Francisco to Sacramento?

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