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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Tucson to San Antonio. Traveling by train from Tucson to San Antonio usually takes around 18 hours and 35 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance762 mi (1226 km)
Fastest train18h 35m
Lowest price£83.97
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Sunset Limited
Train lines2

What is the price of a train ticket from Tucson to San Antonio?

In the last month, £83.97 was the average price of a train ticket from Tucson to San Antonio. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £27.99 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Tucson to San Antonio 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 £87 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Tucson to San Antonio in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £103 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 10 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to San Antonio from Tucson will be about £27.99 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Tucson to San Antonio?

2 train services operate from Tucson to San Antonio. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Sunset Limited118h 35m£94.17
Amtrak Texas Eagle118h 36m£94.35
  • Amtrak Sunset Limited

    Amtrak Sunset Limited

    The Sunset Limited is an Amtrak train that travels nearly 2,000 miles through the American Southwest from Los Angeles to New Orleans. The mountain, desert, and bayou landscapes along the route make the Sunset Limited one of the most scenic Amtrak train routes. Travelers can book a coach seat or upgrade to a roomette for additional space and sleeping accommodations. All classes of service can stay connected with seatside power outlets and access the cafe car to purchase snacks. A Coach ticket for a comfortable, convenient, and scenic ride from Tucson to San Antonio on the Sunset Limited usually costs about .

  • Amtrak Texas Eagle

    Amtrak Texas Eagle

    The Amtrak Texas Eagle is a 1,306-mile train route from Chicago, Illinois to San Antonio, Texas. Because of the route’s length, the train offers sleeper car options in addition to standard coach seats. Like most Amtrak trains, the Texas Eagle features power outlets at each seat, restrooms in each car, and a cafe car where passengers can purchase food and drinks. A journey from Tucson to San Antonio on the Texas Eagle usually takes 18 hours and 36 minutes, which is best spent enjoying the incredible scenery along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Tucson to San Antonio 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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.

How long is the train journey from Tucson to San Antonio?

The distance between Tucson and San Antonio is approximately 762 miles, or 1226 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 18 hours and 35 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 departing from Tucson to San Antonio tend to have the most passengers on Sunday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Sunday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Friday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Tucson at 08:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 08:00. 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 Tucson to San Antonio?

Trains leave the station in Tucson twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to San Antonio with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Antonio to Tucson.

City Information

Tucson

A bright and sunny city with more than 350 days of sunshine and temperatures that rarely dip below 60, Tucson is is undoubtedly one of Arizona's best vacation destinations. Those who don’t shy away from some outdoor activities should go on a hiking trip in the Saguaro National Park, where visitors can enjoy uninterrupted views of southwestern landscapes. Of the park's two areas, the Tucson Mountain District is the more popular one, owing to its amazing sunset views. Architecture fans could also consider visiting Mission San Xavier del Bac, a perfect example of 18th-century architecture. If you wish to learn more about the region and its unique flora and fauna, head over to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which features 230 animal species and 1,200 local plant species.

It should come as no surprise that the most famous dishes in Tucson are Mexican foods, which boast spicy, sweet and smoky flavors. One of the best spots to enjoy these delicacies is at El Charro Café, which has been around since 1922. For a more eclectic menu, Feast is a good option.

The principal Amtrak train station in Tucson is on Toole Ave. The city is served by Amtrak’s Texas Eagle and Sunset Limited lines. The main bus station is the bus terminal located at 801 E 12th St, not too far from the train station. The city’s commercial air services are fulfilled by Tucson International Airport, which is 6 miles south of the city’s center.

San Antonio

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San Antonio, TX - SAT-1

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San Antonio is a fast-growing city located in the southwest corner of the Texas Triangle. In addition to the alluring year-round warm weather, San Antonio offers a blend of rich history with contemporary attractions and cuisine.

If there's one thing to remember from your trip to San Antonio, it’s the Alamo! This 18th century fortress is one of five Spanish missions in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, all of which are connected by a scenic hiking and biking trail. If history isn't your thing, the River Walk along the San Antonio River is a much livelier spot. This shaded path is lined with shops and restaurants, and you could spend an entire day strolling, shopping, and eating along the river. Don't sleep on the riverside bars, either – San Antonio is one of the cheapest drinking cities in the U.S. so you can bar-hop to your heart’s (and your wallet’s) delight.

Traveling with little ones? San Antonio is home to the San Antonio Zoo, SeaWorld, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, any one of which will provide a thrilling adventure with no screen time required. Visitors of all ages will find treasures at Historic Market Square, the largest Mexican market in the U.S., where handcrafted art from local artisans is available alongside authentic Mexican food.

San Antonio is one of the biggest cities in the Lone Star State, so it is very easy to travel to other Texas destinations like Austin, Houston, and Dallas by bus or by train, or to destinations farther afield through the San Antonio International Airport.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Tucson?

400 N Toole Ave  - TUSAMT-0

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400 N Toole Ave  - TUSAMT-1

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Main departure station: 400 N Toole Ave

The Amtrak station in Tucson is located on Toole Street in the Historic Fourth Avenue neighborhood. The station was built in 1907, and the neighboring Southern Arizona Transportation Museum displays railroad artifacts and a vintage locomotive from the station’s early days. Today, Amtrak’s Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle routes run through Tucson, heading towards Los Angeles, New Orleans, or Chicago. The station is comfortably appointed with clean bathrooms, charging ports, and indoor seating. Many top-rated dining options surround the station, but travelers can enjoy the best pre-train cocktail at the Congress Tap Room’s outdoor patio just across the street.

All train stations in Tucson:

  • 400 N Toole Ave

Where is the train station in San Antonio?

350 Hoefgen St - SATAMT-0

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Main arrival station: 350 Hoefgen St

The San Antonio Amtrak Station is adjacent to the city’s vibrant downtown, nestled between the Alamodome sports complex and the historic Sunset Station where train service began in 1902. Amtrak operations moved to its new home at 350 Hoefgen Ave in 1998, where passengers can board the Texas Eagle to travel to Chicago, or connect to the Sunset Limited heading to Los Angeles. The stuccoed, Spanish Mission Revival style station is fully accessible, and offers comfortable seating as well as restrooms available in the waiting room. Two of San Antonio’s most popular attractions, the bustling Riverwalk and the historic Alamo, cannot be missed and luckily are within just 1 mile of the station.

Train stations in San Antonio:

  • 350 Hoefgen St

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