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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Houston to Los Angeles. Traveling by train from Houston to Los Angeles usually takes around 44 hours and 50 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 36 hours and 40 minutes.

Distance1371 mi (2206 km)
Fastest train36h 40m
Lowest price$164.64
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

What is the price of a train ticket from Houston to Los Angeles?

In the last month, C$205.15 was the average price of a train ticket from Houston, TX to Los Angeles, CA. 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 16 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$56.05 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices


If you are trying to decide when to travel from Houston to Los Angeles by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for November. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$231 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Houston to Los Angeles in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$275 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


If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 16 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Los Angeles from Houston will be about C$56.05 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Houston to Los Angeles 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 Houston to Los Angeles?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Houston to Los Angeles. 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 Houston to Los Angeles?

The distance between Houston and Los Angeles is approximately 1371 miles, or 2206 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 44 hours and 50 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 36 hours and 40 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 Houston to Los Angeles 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 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 Houston at 1:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 1:00pm. 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 Houston to Los Angeles?

Trains leave the station in Houston twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Los Angeles faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Los Angeles to Houston. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Houston to Los Angeles for $249.79.

Which train should you take from Houston to Los Angeles?

2 train services operate from Houston, Texas to Los Angeles, California. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak12d 1h 43m$257.69
Amtrak Sunset Limited11d 12h 40m$171.36

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 1 Amtrak trains from Houston to Los Angeles every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $165.

Amtrak Sunset Limited train tickets from Houston to Los Angeles start from $165, and on average cost $171. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Sunset Limited schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak Sunset Limited in Houston leaves from 902 Washington Ave, And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station,

From Houston to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak Sunset Limited takes 36 hours and 40 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Sunset Limited scheduled trip per day, which will cost $170 for a one-way weekend reservation from Houston.

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