Cheap train tickets from Seattle to San Francisco


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How much are train tickets from Seattle to San Francisco?

Lowest Price$118.20
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Is the train from Seattle to San Francisco scenic?

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train is known for being scenic, especially through the Cascade Range at the Willamette Pass in Oregon. The route from Seattle to San Francisco also passes through forests and valleys en route to California.

How far is Seattle from the coast?

Seattle is situated along the eastern coast of Elliott Bay, part of the Puget Sound that connects to the Pacific Ocean, so in a way, it’s right on the coast. From the actual Pacific coastline, though, Seattle is just under 100 miles away. It will take you more than 3 hours by car to reach that point, though, because Washington’s various interconnected waterways prevent a direct drive to the coast. Ocean Shores, Washington, while technically a farther coastal point, takes only 2 hours 30 minutes to reach by car.

How far apart are Seattle and Portland?

Portland is 145 miles from Seattle by plane and 173 miles by car. Driving nonstop, it would take you just under 3 hours to get from Portland from Seattle.

How do you find cheap train tickets from Seattle to San Francisco?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Seattle 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 Seattle to San Francisco was $156.75. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 27 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $33.83 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 Seattle to San Francisco?

The distance between Seattle and San Francisco is approximately 679.68 miles, or 1093.55 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 23 hours and 27 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 23 hours and 10 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 Seattle to San Francisco?

On Thursday trains from Seattle 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.

Which train should you take from Seattle to San Francisco?

Typically there are 4 scheduled trains per day. One train company currently travels from Seattle to San Francisco.

The best option will depend on the time of your trip, available prices and other factors, but Amtrak has the most regularly scheduled departures from Seattle to San Francisco, with an average of 4 trips per day and 96 monthly trips.

Of the 4 trips there all of the schedules require a connection as there are no direct trips. A connection will generally require disembarking from the train and boarding another train to complete your trip.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Seattle to San Francisco, which start at $114.21.

One train company connects Seattle to San Francisco


Amtrak train tickets from Seattle to San Francisco start from $118.20, and on average cost $170.79. Daily there are 4 Amtrak schedules to San Francisco. Amtrak in Seattle leaves from King St Station - 303 S Jackson St, And in San Francisco trains arrive at Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf and 3 other train stations.

From Seattle to San Francisco train travel on Amtrak takes 23 hours and 28 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Francisco faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 23 hours and 10 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 4 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $195.81 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 Seattle on their way to San Francisco. For this route, the busiest departing train stations in Seattle are:
  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St
There are 4 different stations where trains arrive to 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 stations in San Francisco:
  • Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf
  • 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St
  • Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St
  • 425 Mission St