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Trip Summary

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

Distance89 mi (142 km)
Fastest train3h 3m
Lowest price$34.10
Trains per day8
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Capitol Corridor
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Ealaisa

September 3, 2019 - Business

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: Smooth ride. Cons: The toilets.

Pros: Smooth ride. Cons: The toilets.

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

In the last month, C$47.14 was the average price of a train ticket from Sacramento, CA to San Jose, 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 6 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$0.74 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$55$37$18JunJun

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to San Jose from Sacramento is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about C$47 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Sacramento to San Jose 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$47 whenever you decide to board the train to San Jose.

Prices as travel date approaches

$61$49$37$24$123020100

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

There are 3 train lines with service from Sacramento, California to San Jose, California. Amtrak Capitol Corridor is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 7 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak24h 24m$48.71
Amtrak Capitol Corridor73h 9m$48.71
Amtrak Coast Starlight13h 20m$36.65
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Sacramento to San Jose every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $49.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Sacramento and San Jose is approximately 89 miles, or 142 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 23 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 3 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 San Jose are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 Monday 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 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 San Jose?

There are 9 scheduled trains on most days. 8 of these are direct connections to San Jose. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Jose to Sacramento. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Sacramento to San Jose for $18.24.

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 Jose?

Arrival stations

San Jose has one train station.

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