Cheap train tickets from New York to San Francisco


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How much are train tickets from New York to San Francisco?

Lowest Price$255.74
Fastest75h 25m
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How do you find cheap train tickets from New York to San Francisco?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from New York to San Francisco is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from New York to San Francisco was $339.57. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 29 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $157.53 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from New York to San Francisco?

The distance between New York and San Francisco is approximately 2567.15 miles, or 4130.39 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 81 hours and 45 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 75 hours and 25 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.

What is the busiest day for trains from New York to San Francisco?

On Thursday trains from New York to San Francisco are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Sunday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from New York to San Francisco?

Typically there are 6 schedules to compare for your trip to San Francisco. One train carrier operates regular service on the New York to San Francisco route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between New York to San Francisco, usually offering 6 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from New York to San Francisco, you will need to disembark from the first train and board a connecting train. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may be responsible for transferring your own checked luggage, but you will definitely need to bring your hand luggage.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from New York to San Francisco, which start at $113.96.

One train company connects New York to San Francisco


Amtrak train tickets from New York to San Francisco start from $255.74, and on average cost $377.20. Daily there are 6 Amtrak schedules to San Francisco. Amtrak in New York leaves from Penn Station, And in San Francisco trains arrive at 425 Mission St and 2 other train stations.

From New York to San Francisco train travel on Amtrak takes 81 hours and 46 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Francisco faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 75 hours and 25 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 5 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $366.16 for a one-way train ticket to San Francisco.

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Plan your next adventure

There is one train station from which trains depart New York on their way to San Francisco:
  • Penn Station
There are 3 different stations where trains from New York arrive in San Francisco. You can review and use the directions feature on Wanderu to see which station is closest to your final destination. These are the busiest arriving train stations in San Francisco:
  • 425 Mission St
  • Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf
  • 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St