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Sacramento - Salt Lake City Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Sacramento to Salt Lake City. Traveling by train from Sacramento to Salt Lake City usually takes around 19 hours and 34 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 14 hours and 56 minutes.

Distance532 mi (856 km)
Fastest train14h 56m
Lowest price$96.99
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Sacramento to Salt Lake City

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Fausipa

May 29, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pretty nice 👍 I enjoyed sight seeing I love when the crew reminded me, this is SLC so I don’t miss my destination, It was my 1st time and I love it. 👍✅

Pretty nice 👍 I enjoyed sight seeing I love when the crew reminded me, this is SLC so I don’t miss my destination, It was my 1st time and I love it. 👍✅

5.0

Alexander

August 31, 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak California Zephyr

I liked the helpfulness from the staff.

I liked the helpfulness from the staff.

What is the price of a train ticket from Sacramento to Salt Lake City?

In the last month, $133.77 was the average price of a train ticket from Sacramento to Salt Lake City. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. 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 $89.45 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$194$129$65AugAug

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Sacramento to Salt Lake City will vary between C$97 and C$178. Planning a train trip to Salt Lake City within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Sacramento over the next 7 days is C$128. 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

$291$233$175$116$58SONDJFMAMJJA

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Sacramento to Salt Lake City by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$123 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Sacramento to Salt Lake City in February, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$263 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

$194$155$116$78$393020100

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 Salt Lake City from Sacramento will be about C$89.45 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Salt Lake City?

2 train services operate from Sacramento to Salt Lake City. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 4 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak422h 9m$185.77
Amtrak California Zephyr114h 57m$139.25
  • 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 4 Amtrak trains from Sacramento to Salt Lake City every day, as well as 6 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $122.

  • Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak’s California Zephyr travels over 2,400 miles to connect Chicago to the San Francisco area. The full journey takes over 50 hours, so many passengers upgrade to a sleeper cabin for added privacy and comfort. The Zephyr is one of Amtrak’s most scenic routes, and the sightseer lounge’s panoramic windows offer the best views of the Rockies, the Sierra Nevadas, and the Great Salt Lake along the route.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Sacramento to Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City?

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

The distance between Sacramento and Salt Lake City is approximately 532 miles, or 856 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 19 hours and 34 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 14 hours and 56 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 Salt Lake City 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 Wednesday 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 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 Salt Lake City?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Sacramento to Salt Lake City. 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 Salt Lake City 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.

Salt Lake City

A city shrouded in a mystical veil to most visitors, Salt Lake City stands among one of the most culturally unique destinations in the U.S. Salt Lake City offers tourists a unique chance to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and Temple Square is the best place to do so. Housing the Salt Lake Temple along with other significant historic buildings, the square will take you back to the earliest days of the city, immersing you in a unique cultural experience. While here, don’t miss out on the chance to visit the Great Salt Lake itself and to dive into its cool and refreshing water.

Salt Lake City features a diverse food scene, with Mexican food receiving a lot of attention. Those who wish to enjoy the best Mexican dishes in town could try Red Iguana. For travelers who are simply looking for the best burgers, Crown Burgers’ char-broiled patties will certainly be a great choice.

The Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub is the central transportation hub in the city. It is currently served by several rail services such as Amtrak, TRAX, and FrontRunner. Travelers can also catch Greyhound buses at the station. The Salt Lake City International Airport is the main airport for the city. Located about 4 miles west of Downtown, the airport is a major gateway to the Mountain West and the West Coast region.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Sacramento?

Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St - SJCDCS-0

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Main departure station: Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

Diridon Station opened in 1935 with architecture inspired by the Italian Renaissance, and today is a vital part of Silicon Valley’s transportation system. Diridon Station connects Amtrak train service to local commuter service like the Caltrain and VTA Light Rail. The station is also a major hub for bus transit on Amtrak Thruway and Greyhound buses. With paid parking onsite, bicycle racks, and accessible entrances, travelers can easily reach the station from nearby downtown San Jose. As a bonus, food trucks frequently set up outside the station to provide delicious cheap eats for passengers.

All train stations in Sacramento:

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

  • Valley Station - 401 I St

  • Union Station

  • 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

  • 120 East Santa Fe Ave - Fullerton Transp Ctr

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • Anaheim Stadium Parking - 2626 E Katella Ave

  • Glendale Transp Ctr - 400 W Cerritos Ave

  • 508-500 NW Monroe Ave

  • Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • 200 SW 15th St (Bus Shelter)

  • 5885 Horton St

  • 245 Second St

  • Amtrak Klamath Fls

Where is the train station in Salt Lake City?

340 S 600 W  - SLCAMT-0

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340 S 600 W  - SLCAMT-1

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Main arrival station: 340 S 600 W

The Amtrak Station is a part of Salt Lake Central Station, the principal transportation hub in Salt Lake City. The station is within walking distance from the Bus Terminal, allowing you to easily transfer to bus service on Amtrak Thruway or Jefferson Lines. Along with UTA commuter rail, the station serves Amtrak’s California Zephyr on its journey from Emeryville to Chicago. A park-and-ride lot is available across the street, and travelers can rent bikes from the on-site bicycle sharing service, Greenbike. However you get around town, you’ll appreciate the convenience of the Amtrak station, located less than a mile from the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

Train stations in Salt Lake City:

  • 340 S 600 W

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