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Sacramento - Santa Clara Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 11 daily trains from Sacramento to Santa Clara. Traveling by train from Sacramento to Santa Clara usually takes around 6 hours and 16 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Corridor train can make the trip in 2 hours and 42 minutes.

Distance88 mi (142 km)
Fastest train2h 42m
Lowest price$46.70
Trains per day13
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Sacramento to Santa Clara

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Harry

February 10, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: Thankful. Cons: Food choices.

Pros: Thankful. Cons: Food choices.

5.0

Eva

January 19, 2020- Solo travel

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Cabin was very cold.

Cabin was very cold.

5.0

Shreyas

July 20, 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: AC. Cons: WiFi.

Pros: AC. Cons: WiFi.

4.0

Ihwa

June 21, 2019- Business

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: able to relax and read... with a ability to recharge device. Cons: toilet was jammed (smelled urine, could see a pond of paper and yellow liquid) when I went in. fortunately some got pushed away after a few attempts of flushing.

Pros: able to relax and read... with a ability to recharge device. Cons: toilet was jammed (smelled urine, could see a pond of paper and yellow liquid) when I went in. fortunately some got pushed away after a few attempts of flushing.

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

In the last month, $74.19 was the average price of a train ticket from Sacramento to Santa Clara. 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 $13.79 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$136$91$45MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Sacramento to Santa Clara will vary between C$54 and C$125. Planning a train trip to Santa Clara within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Sacramento over the next 7 days is C$54. 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

$65$52$39$26$13JJASONDJFMAM
Traveling from Sacramento to Santa Clara 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$48 whenever you decide to board the train to Santa Clara.

Prices as travel date approaches

$97$78$58$39$193020100

Since the average price of train trips from Sacramento to Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara?

2 train services operate from Sacramento to Santa Clara. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak513h 19m$150.97
Amtrak Capitol Corridor62h 50m$47.34
  • 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 5 Amtrak trains from Sacramento to Santa Clara every day, as well as 27 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $53.

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  • Amtrak Capitol Corridor

    Amtrak Capitol Corridor

    Since 1991, Capitol Corridor has connected Auburn to San Jose, with stops in Sacramento, Oakland, Berkeley, and 15 other cities in Northern California. The route's convenient transport to various cities includes breathtaking scenery guaranteed to help pass the time. Each train offers onboard WiFi and a cafe car for the comfort of passengers, as well as ample bicycle and luggage storage. Most Capitol Corridor trips make the journey from Sacramento to Santa Clara in about 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Sacramento to Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara?

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

The distance between Sacramento and Santa Clara is approximately 88 miles, or 142 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 16 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 42 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 Santa Clara 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 Thursday 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 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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 Santa Clara?

There are 11 scheduled trains on most days. 13 of these are direct connections to Santa Clara. 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 Santa Clara to Sacramento.

City Information

Sacramento

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?

Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-0

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Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-1

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Departure stations

Sacramento Valley Station is the second busiest transport hub in California and is used by more than one million people every year. Originally constructed in 1926, it now serves as a major center for Amtrak trains traveling within California, northwards along the West Coast, and eastwards into the American Southwest. The station also falls along four Amtrak Thruway bus routes and operates as the western terminus for the Sacramento Light Rail network. Located between Old Sacramento and Downtown, the station is within walking distance of several Gold-Rush era historical monuments as well as an ultra-modern retail district filled with shops and restaurants.

All train stations in Sacramento:

  • Valley Station - 401 I St

  • 450 Orange St

  • 201 Pacific St

  • 280 N Center St

  • Rocklin Rd and Railroad Ave

  • 1530 Yuba St

  • Nugget Hotel and Casino - 1100 Nugget Ave

  • 10065 Donner Pass Rd

  • Yuba-Sutter Transit - I St btwn 8th St and 9th St

  • Park and Ride

  • South Y Transit Ctr - 1000 Emerald Bay Rd

  • Transp Ctr

  • 1301 W 11th St

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Santa Clara?

Arrival stations

Santa Clara receives travelers from Sacramento at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Santa Clara:

  • 5099 Stars and Stripes Dr

  • Caltrain ACE station - 1001 Railroad Ave

Need a return trip from Santa Clara to Sacramento?

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