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Cheap train tickets from San Francisco to Los Angeles


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How much are train tickets from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

Lowest Price£41.99
Fastest Train9h 23m
Trains Per Day24
Train Lines1
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Frequently Asked Questions

How many stops are there on the train from San Francisco to L.A.?

There are 8 stops between Jack London Square Station in Oakland (the closest train station to San Francisco) and Union Station in Los Angeles. Those stops are:

  • San Jose, CA
  • Salinas, CA
  • Paso Robles, CA
  • San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Oxnard, CA
  • Simi Valley, CA
  • Van Nuys, CA

Alternatively, you can depart out of Diridon Caltrain Station in San Jose.

How hard is it to get to the train station versus the airport?

San Francisco International Airport and Oakland’s Jack London Square Station (the nearest train station to S.F.), are both about 13 miles away from the city center. However, 101 South toward SFO tends to have significantly worse traffic, which may extend your total travel time.

On Bay Area Rapid Transit, the light rail to SFO takes approximately 29 minutes, whereas the Blue and Green lines to Jack London Square take about 24 minutes.

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

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from San Francisco to Los Angeles 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 San Francisco to Los Angeles was £45.33. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 14 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of £8.52 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 San Francisco to Los Angeles?

The distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles is approximately 347.62 miles, or 559.30 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 11 hours and 12 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 9 hours and 23 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 San Francisco to Los Angeles?

On Monday trains from San Francisco to Los Angeles 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 Saturday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

Typically there are 24 schedules to compare for your trip to Los Angeles. One train carrier operates regular service on the San Francisco to Los Angeles route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between San Francisco to Los Angeles, usually offering 24.25 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles, you will need to disembark from the first train and board a connecting train. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may be responsible for transferring your own checked luggage, but you will definitely need to bring your hand luggage.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Coach tickets from San Francisco to Los Angeles, which start at £6.45. To compare all possible modes of travel, check out our guide on how to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

One train company connects San Francisco to Los Angeles


Amtrak train tickets from San Francisco to Los Angeles start from £41.99, and on average cost £47.86. Daily there are 24.25 Amtrak schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak in San Francisco leaves from 425 Mission St and 2 other stations. And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station and 4 other train stations.

From San Francisco to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak takes 11 hours and 12 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 9 hours and 23 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 24.333333 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £48.89 for a one-way train ticket to Los Angeles.

Avg. Time
11h 12m
Avg. Price

Plan your next adventure

There are 3 train stations in San Francisco with trains to Los Angeles. For this route, the busiest departing train stations are:
  • 425 Mission St
  • Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf
  • 835 Market St
There are 5 different stations where trains from San Francisco arrive in Los Angeles. 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 train stations in Los Angeles:
  • Union Station
  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • Catalina Express Terminal
  • 592 Gayley Ave
  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd

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