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Santa Clara-Truckee Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Santa Clara to Truckee. Traveling by train from Santa Clara to Truckee usually takes around 6 hours and 48 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 5 hours and 52 minutes.

Distance167 mi (268 km)
Fastest train5h 52m
Lowest price$70.49
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

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

In the last month, C$71.75 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Clara, CA to Truckee, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 20 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$18.34 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Santa Clara to Truckee 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$73 whenever you decide to board the train to Truckee.

Prices as travel date approaches


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

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Santa Clara, California to Truckee, California. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak26h 48m$81.47
  • 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 Santa Clara to Truckee every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $70.


Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Santa Clara and Truckee is approximately 167 miles, or 268 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 48 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 52 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 Santa Clara to Truckee are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Santa Clara at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00am. 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 Santa Clara to Truckee?

Trains leave the station in Santa Clara twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you change trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Truckee to Santa Clara.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Santa Clara?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Santa Clara where you can board the train to Truckee.

Train stations in Santa Clara:

  • 5099 Stars and Stripes Dr

Where is the train station in Truckee?

Arrival stations

Truckee has one train station.

Need a return trip from Truckee to Santa Clara?

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