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Riverside-Phoenix Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Riverside to Phoenix. Traveling by train from Riverside to Phoenix usually takes around 16 hours and 9 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 14 hours and 2 minutes.

Distance308 mi (495 km)
Fastest train14h 2m
Lowest price£77.74
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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Which train should you take from Riverside to Phoenix?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Riverside, California to Phoenix, Arizona. However, there are 4 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak416h 9m£82.02
  • Amtrak

    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 4 Amtrak trains from Riverside to Phoenix every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £78.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Riverside to Phoenix 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 Riverside to Phoenix?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Riverside to Phoenix, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from Riverside to Phoenix?

The distance between Riverside and Phoenix is approximately 308 miles, or 495 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 16 hours and 9 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 14 hours and 2 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 Riverside to Phoenix are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Riverside at 15:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 19:00. 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 Riverside to Phoenix?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Phoenix to Riverside.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Riverside?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Riverside:

Other train stations in Riverside:

  • Downtown Metrolink Station - 4066 Vine St

Where is the train station in Phoenix?

Arrival stations

Phoenix receives travelers from Riverside at its two active train stations:

Other train stations in Phoenix:

  • 2717 W Bell Rd

  • Sky Harbor Apt, Terminal 4 Arrivals, Door 3

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