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Train Route Overview: Sacramento to Reno

There are 23 daily trains from Sacramento to Reno. Traveling by train from Sacramento to Reno usually takes around 11 hours and 42 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 3 hours and 57 minutes.

Distance111 mi (179 km)
Fastest train3h 57m
Lowest price£31.05
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Sacramento to Reno

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Anthony

11 May 2022- Vacation

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: The scenery kind over the Sierra Mountains was spectacular, it was nice to see there was still some snow on the top. Cons: The scenery kind over the Sierra Mountains was spectacular, it was nice to see there was still some snow on the top. Tips: The only tip I wo...

Pros: The scenery kind over the Sierra Mountains was spectacular, it was nice to see there was still some snow on the top. Cons: The scenery kind over the Sierra Mountains was spectacular, it was nice to see there was still some snow on the top. Tips: The only tip I would have is that I would bring Clorox wipes the next time to white down the tables that were in some cases quite dirty.

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4.0

Frank W.

25 January 2022- Couples trip

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Seating very comfortable. Cons: Stairs challenging for Srs.!

Pros: Seating very comfortable. Cons: Stairs challenging for Srs.!

5.0

Linda

2 January 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Very comfortable ride , lots of leg room, scenery fantastic with big windows, very friendly & helpful staff. Cons: Can't think of anything as I was totally satisfied with my trip. Tips: Book more train travel plans and see the country.

Pros: Very comfortable ride , lots of leg room, scenery fantastic with big windows, very friendly & helpful staff. Cons: Can't think of anything as I was totally satisfied with my trip. Tips: Book more train travel plans and see the country.

4.0

Patricia

12 December 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Scenery. Cons: Bathrooms.

Pros: Scenery. Cons: Bathrooms.

5.0

Gloria

15 April 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Comfort Of Seating. Staff Was Friendly.Ride Was So Smooth I Was Here Before I Knew It.. Cons: Nothing It Probably Would've Been Crowded If Not For The Pandemic.. Better. FOOD Stocked. Tips: Bring Water Its Too Expensive. Yall Need To Tell People No Cash On Boa...

Pros: Comfort Of Seating. Staff Was Friendly.Ride Was So Smooth I Was Here Before I Knew It.. Cons: Nothing It Probably Would've Been Crowded If Not For The Pandemic.. Better. FOOD Stocked. Tips: Bring Water Its Too Expensive. Yall Need To Tell People No Cash On Board Shopping Cards Only. ThereWas Someone Who Only Had Cash...

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What is the price of a train ticket from Sacramento to Reno?

In the last month, £60.65 was the average price of a train ticket from Sacramento to Reno. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £10.71 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£74£49£25MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Sacramento to Reno will vary between £59 and £68. Planning a train trip to Reno within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Sacramento over the next 7 days is £60. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Sacramento to Reno by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £35 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Sacramento to Reno in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £69 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

£82£65£49£33£163020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 21 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Reno from Sacramento will be about £10.71 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Reno?

2 train services operate from Sacramento to Reno. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 22 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak2211h 51m£64.01
Amtrak California Zephyr14h 47m£37.77
  • 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 22 Amtrak trains from Sacramento to Reno every day, as well as 62 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £33.

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  • Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak’s California Zephyr travels over 2,400 miles to connect Chicago to the San Francisco area. The full journey takes over 50 hours, so many passengers upgrade to a sleeper cabin for added privacy and comfort. The Zephyr is one of Amtrak’s most scenic routes, and the sightseer lounge’s panoramic windows offer the best views of the Rockies, the Sierra Nevadas, and the Great Salt Lake along the route.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Sacramento to Reno 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 Sacramento to Reno?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Sacramento to Reno. 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 Sacramento to Reno?

The distance between Sacramento and Reno is approximately 111 miles, or 179 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 11 hours and 42 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 57 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 Sacramento to Reno are the most crowded on Friday. 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 Tuesday 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 Sacramento at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 23:00. 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 Sacramento to Reno?

There are 23 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Sacramento to Reno. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Reno to Sacramento.

City Information

Sacramento

As the long-held capital city of California, Sacramento has a rich and vibrant history that is reflected in its historic buildings and quarters. The Old Sacramento Waterfront quarter is the best place to explore the city’s rich heritage. Boasting ages-old constructions and a quaint vibe that is reminiscent of the Wild West, the area allows visitors to travel back in time and relive the Gold Rush era. Among the most interesting destinations in the area is the California State Museum, located at the northern edge of the quarter. It offers numerous restored locomotives as well as exhibitions on the United States’ westward expansion. If history is not really your thing, then the Midtown quarter, which boasts a vibrant and expanding art scene, will be a great alternative.

Sacramento is famous for its vast tracts of farmland, so it makes sense that the best dishes are the ones made from locally-grown produce. Among the best places to try out homemade dishes are The Firehouse and The Kitchen. For a bit of an Asian taste, visit Mikuni in Midtown Sacramento.

The busiest bus station in Sacramento is located right in the heart of the city and offers bus service to Portland, Reno, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, among many other places. The main Amtrak train station is the nearby Sacramento Valley Station, which also serves the Gold Line of the local transit light rail. The principal regional airport is the Sacramento International Airport, located 10 miles northwest of Downtown.

Reno

Dazzling with neon lights and bustling through the night, Reno is a great destination for those seeking top-class entertainment. Though considerably outshined by Las Vegas, Reno still brings unique attractions to the table. Among the most notable destinations for non-gamblers is an independent art scene down at Riverwalk, where indie galleries as well as restaurants abound. Fans of the great outdoors should not miss out on nearby Lake Tahoe, which stands among the most beautiful vacation destinations in the country.

At its core, Reno is still a city for gamblers, and it certainly does not disappoint. Slot machines, table games and cabaret shows are available at the local casinos, ready to tempt risk-takers who wish to court Lady Luck.

Right in the heart of downtown Reno, you will find the Reno Amtrak station from where you can take a train to Northern California and beyond. The local Reno-Tahoe International Airport is located outside of the city and it provides quick access to international flight routes. The main bus stop that serves Reno is also located at the airport.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Sacramento?

Los Angeles, CA - Union Station - LAXUST-0

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Departure stations

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

All train stations in Sacramento:

  • Union Station

  • Santa Fe Station - 2650 Tulare St

  • 1700 Held Dr

  • 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

  • Glendale Transp Ctr - 400 W Cerritos Ave

  • 200 Santa Fe Ave

  • 3750 Empire Ave

  • 324 W 24th St

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

  • Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

  • Anaheim Stadium Parking - 2626 E Katella Ave

  • 120 East Santa Fe Ave - Fullerton Transp Ctr

  • Pasadena Hilton Hotel - 168 S Los Robles Ave

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • Amtrak Station - 840 Second St

Where is the train station in Reno?

280 N Center St  - RNOAMT-0

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Arrival stations

The Amtrak Station in Reno is one of the main travel hubs in the city and opened in 1868. Located on North Center St, the station is surrounded by the casinos, restaurants, and hotels which put Reno on the map. Due to its downtown location, the station waiting area and the train tracks are actually placed below ground level. The California Zephyr train line passes through this station on its route from Chicago to Emeryville as well as Amtrak Thruway buses which connect to Sacramento.

Train stations in Reno:

  • 280 N Center St

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