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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from San Francisco to Monterey. Traveling by train from San Francisco to Monterey usually takes around 5 hours and 33 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 5 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance86 mi (139 km)
Fastest train5h 25m
Lowest price£26.02
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from San Francisco, CA to Monterey, CA

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Elan

13 July 2019- Vacation

Amtrak

The Amtrak staff was so good-humored and helpful. We felt that we were in great company.

The Amtrak staff was so good-humored and helpful. We felt that we were in great company.

What is the price of a train ticket from San Francisco to Monterey?

In the last month, £26.02 was the average price of a train ticket from San Francisco, CA to Monterey, CA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. 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 £3.67 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 San Francisco to Monterey by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for April. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £22 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Francisco to Monterey in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £27 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 Monterey from San Francisco will be about £3.67 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from San Francisco to Monterey?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects San Francisco, California to Monterey, California. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak15h 34m£26.75
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from San Francisco to Monterey every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £26.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Francisco to Monterey 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 San Francisco to Monterey?

While the train is the main method of transportation from San Francisco to Monterey, 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 San Francisco to Monterey?

The distance between San Francisco and Monterey is approximately 86 miles, or 139 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 33 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 25 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 San Francisco to Monterey are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves San Francisco at 07:00 and arrives in Monterey around 5 hours later.

Is there a direct train from San Francisco to Monterey?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Monterey to San Francisco. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Francisco to Monterey for £13.19.

City Information

San Francisco

Located in the heart of Northern California's Bay Area, San Francisco is a geographically small but culturally huge city known for its historic cable cars, active waterfront, and the eclectic mix of hippies and techies who call it home. While it might be one of the most expensive U.S. cities to live in, San Fran can actually be very cheap to visit, and there is no shortage of unique sights to see.

If the city's omnipresent fog (nicknamed "Karl the Fog" by locals) takes a break, the best views and Instagram photo ops of the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge are found in Golden Gate Park. Stroll through the oldest Chinatown in North America to find the perfect dim sum, or if you and your boo prefer a little Full House moment, try a romantic picnic at Alamo Square Park in front of the Victorian "Painted Ladies." After all, San Francisco is one of the best vacation destinations for couples.

Since the city is condensed onto a small peninsula, exploring by bike is an efficient and scenic way to get around. When you’re ready to travel beyond city limits, San Francisco is a convenient hub for trips throughout Northern California. It's actually the first stop on Wanderu's West Coast Wine Tour, with the next stop, obviously, in Napa Valley. Whether traveling by bus, train, or through either of the two nearby airports, San Francisco is a can't-miss destination.

Station Information

Where is the train station in San Francisco?

Departure stations

Behind a modern curved façade lies San Francisco’s commuter hub, the Salesforce Transit Center. This gateway to downtown San Francisco and the entire Bay Area welcomes tens of thousands of passengers every day. Finding your way around is easy thanks to more than 270 digital displays with transit information. The Salesforce Transit Center serves as a bus station for Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway buses, as well as several public transit options for convenient connections. A standout feature of the Salesforce Transit Center is a public five-acre rooftop park which gives travelers an open space to relax. Rotating food trucks, cafés, carts, and pop-up retail make this a dynamic and vibrant destination in itself.

Where is the train station in Monterey?

Arrival stations

There are more train stations and stops in Monterey than most cities. Most trains from San Francisco will stop at one (or more) of the 5 following stations in Monterey:

Train stations in Monterey:

  • 500 Tyler St

  • 351 Fremont St

  • 1 Old Golf Course Rd

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

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