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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Denver to Salt Lake City. Traveling by train from Denver to Salt Lake City usually takes around 15 hours and 44 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak California Zephyr train can make the trip in 15 hours,

Distance371 mi (596 km)
Fastest train15h 0m
Lowest price£57.12
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak California Zephyr
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Denver to Salt Lake City

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

4.3

4.0

Laurie

20 April 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: The scenery! Cons: Put wifi!!! Tips: Go to the lounge 2 hours after Denver, the landscapes are gorgeous.

Pros: The scenery! Cons: Put wifi!!! Tips: Go to the lounge 2 hours after Denver, the landscapes are gorgeous.

5.0

Peter

22 December 2021- Vacation

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: I've wanted to make this trip for over 20 years (this time December 22, 2021). It was a dream. Been over 3,000 meters high, great river and mountain landscapes, sometimes scary. Will treat me to it again in summer when it's light longer in the evening. Only to be...

Pros: I've wanted to make this trip for over 20 years (this time December 22, 2021). It was a dream. Been over 3,000 meters high, great river and mountain landscapes, sometimes scary. Will treat me to it again in summer when it's light longer in the evening. Only to be recommended. I drove from Denver to Salt Lake City. Tips: Enjoy the long journey and take something to eat and drink with you. The dining car is sometimes occupied by the sleeper car guests.

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4.0

Raul

16 September 2021- Couples trip

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Views. Cons: Wifi. Tips: Ask the local Amtrak employees what to bring.

Pros: Views. Cons: Wifi. Tips: Ask the local Amtrak employees what to bring.

What is the price of a train ticket from Denver to Salt Lake City?

In the last month, £90.69 was the average price of a train ticket from Denver to Salt Lake City. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £84.67 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£248£166£83AugAug

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Denver to Salt Lake City will vary between £65 and £242. Planning a train trip to Salt Lake City within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Denver over the next 7 days is £101. 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 Denver to Salt Lake City by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for November. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £74 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Denver to Salt Lake City in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £127 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

£228£182£137£91£463020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Salt Lake City from Denver will be about £84.67 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Denver to Salt Lake City?

2 train services operate from Denver to Salt Lake City. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak22d 9h 43m£398.46
Amtrak California Zephyr115h 0m£153.39
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Denver to Salt Lake City every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £314.

  • 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 Denver to Salt Lake City 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 Denver to Salt Lake City?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Denver to Salt Lake City. 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 Denver to Salt Lake City?

The distance between Denver and Salt Lake City is approximately 371 miles, or 596 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 15 hours and 44 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 15 hours,

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?

Thursday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Denver to Salt Lake City. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Thursday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Saturday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Denver at 08:00 and arrives in Salt Lake City around 15 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Denver to Salt Lake City?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Salt Lake City with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Salt Lake City to Denver.

City Information

Denver

Denver, CO - DEN-1

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Denver, CO - DEN-2

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Denver, CO - DEN-0

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Denver is the capital of Colorado, as well as the most populous city in the state. With buildings dating back to the 19th century, Denver is considered one of the most exemplary cities of the Old West era in the United States.

Denver’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains makes it a preferred destination for young travelers seeking the thrill of the slopes during the day and the vibrant nightlife activities only an urban setting can provide. In fact, Denver is among the biggest party cities in the U.S. and one of the craft beer capitals in the country. In addition, thanks to the diverse local crowd, Denver’s restaurant scene offers top-notch options from various world cuisines.

If you’re looking for a more quiet time during your stay, head to one of the many unique museums in town such as the Denver Art Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Arts, or the Molly Brown House Museum. Craving a feast to the eyes and some fresh air? Check out the spectacular Denver Botanic Gardens.

As the biggest city in the Mountain states and a top Colorado destination, Denver is a busy travel hub. Even though the Denver airport is on the city’s outskirts, it is still easily accessible. If you are traveling to Denver by bus or train, you’ll be conveniently dropped off at Union Station in the heart of downtown Denver from where you can easily get anywhere in the city.

Salt Lake City

A city shrouded in a mystical veil to most visitors, Salt Lake City stands among one of the most culturally unique destinations in the U.S. Salt Lake City offers tourists a unique chance to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and Temple Square is the best place to do so. Housing the Salt Lake Temple along with other significant historic buildings, the square will take you back to the earliest days of the city, immersing you in a unique cultural experience. While here, don’t miss out on the chance to visit the Great Salt Lake itself and to dive into its cool and refreshing water.

Salt Lake City features a diverse food scene, with Mexican food receiving a lot of attention. Those who wish to enjoy the best Mexican dishes in town could try Red Iguana. For travelers who are simply looking for the best burgers, Crown Burgers’ char-broiled patties will certainly be a great choice.

The Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub is the central transportation hub in the city. It is currently served by several rail services such as Amtrak, TRAX, and FrontRunner. Travelers can also catch Greyhound buses at the station. The Salt Lake City International Airport is the main airport for the city. Located about 4 miles west of Downtown, the airport is a major gateway to the Mountain West and the West Coast region.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Denver?

Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street - DENAMT-0

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Main departure station: Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street

Denver’s Union Station first opened in 1881, and houses some of the city’s best shops, bars, and restaurants, making it a popular destination for locals and travelers alike. There is even a seasonal farmers market at the station! But first and foremost, Union Station is the primary transport hub for Denver. The station is served by Amtrak trains, and intercity buses operated by Greyhound, Burlington Trailways, Jefferson Lines and Express Arrow. From Union Station, travelers can also easily access Denver International Airport on the A Line commuter rail.

All train stations in Denver:

  • Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street

  • Syracuse Hancock Intl Apt

  • Route 11

  • 3739 Route 13

  • 49 E Main St

Where is the train station in Salt Lake City?

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Main arrival station: 340 S 600 W

The Amtrak Station is a part of Salt Lake Central Station, the principal transportation hub in Salt Lake City. The station is within walking distance from the Bus Terminal, allowing you to easily transfer to bus service on Amtrak Thruway or Jefferson Lines. Along with UTA commuter rail, the station serves Amtrak’s California Zephyr on its journey from Emeryville to Chicago. A park-and-ride lot is available across the street, and travelers can rent bikes from the on-site bicycle sharing service, Greenbike. However you get around town, you’ll appreciate the convenience of the Amtrak station, located less than a mile from the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

Train stations in Salt Lake City:

  • 340 S 600 W

  • Salt Lk City (Bus), Utah

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