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About Amtrak California Zephyr

Amtrak California Zephyr is a popular train company offering very affordable ticket options to top travel destinations. You will always find the cheapest Amtrak California Zephyr tickets by searching Wanderu.com. Overall, Amtrak California Zephyr serves 375 routes, connecting 35 cities in one country. To cover all these routes Amtrak California Zephyr runs an average of 121 trips per day and 1,688 trips per month. These train trips range in price from €6.78 to €306.55 based on a variety of factors.

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Amtrak California Zephyr train Coverage

Daily Trips121
stations35
cities35
countries1

Amtrak California Zephyr train amenities

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Reviews from Wanderu Customers traveling with Amtrak California Zephyr

Overall review score for Amtrak California Zephyr
4.2
Based on 130 reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled from Denver to Glenwood Springs with Amtrak California Zephyr report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 20 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.5
Timeliness
2.8
Staff
4.7
Value
3.8
Condition
4.2
Cathryn
5.0
20 February 2020Solo travel
Pros
comfort and love the scenery
Cons
all OK
Bambi
5.0
18 February 2020Couples trip
Pros
Punctual or before arrival time was great.
Cons
THE SPEAKER SYSTEM. We had trouble heari.g the announcements
Dianne
1.0
7 February 2020Couples trip
Pros
Scenery was great!
Cons
Train was 6.5 hrs late for a 5.45 hr trip.
Tips
Plan for a long trip
Gloria
5.0
13 November 2019Vacation
Pros
Observation car
Cons
Bathroom has limited space
Amanda
5.0
5 October 2019Couples trip
Pros
The views were Amazing! We saw so many different parts of Colorado that we'd never seen before.
Cons
Send an update when the train is late. The train was almost 2 hours delayed - it would have been nice to get an alert that it was running behind.
Tips
The food is limited and not the best quality on the train - we brought our own breakfast / lunch and so glad that we did. It was better than any option they provided to us.

Based on 9 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled from Denver to Grand Junction with Amtrak California Zephyr report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 20 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Timeliness
1.2
Staff
4.7
Value
3.3
Condition
3.6
Andrew
2.0
29 September 2019Vacation
Pros
Beautiful scenery
Cons
Our train was 6.5 hours late. Not a way to travel if on any type of schedule. Need more dining cars. Very few were able to eat. Two large tour groups were the ones who got meals. That was known ahead if time so accommodations should have been made by train to provide ...More
Tips
Only travel by train if you have no commitments or schedule to keep. Take food, may not be able to purchase.
Judy
4.0
10 August 2019Visiting family
Pros
I always enjoy my train trips through the Rockies. Gorgeous scenery. Friendly staff and interesting traveling mates
Cons
Accurate arrival and departure times
Tips
Relax and enjoy. Bring a snack and drink.
Toni
3.0
26 July 2019Vacation
Pros
The beautiful views, spacious travel cars.
Cons
Add WiFi to your cars, be more on time. One delay was weather related and understand delay was imminent, however we started off two hours late.
Tips
Be prepared to be late.
Julie
5.0
16 July 2019Vacation
Pros
Beautiful ride along the Colorado River!
Cons
N\A
Tips
Be prepared to wait.
Bryn
3.0
12 July 2019Vacation
Pros
The views were amazing. The train drive smooth.the reclining seat with foot rest was comfortable.
Cons
The train was dirty and a little run down. Wash clothes were placed on vents and an employee was spraying window wash on the to crest an air freshener for the train. This was not fun to stair at from the front seat and I wasn’t eager to breath in extra chemicals, thou...More
Tips
Check arrival times. Bring hand sanitizer and something to cover your seat.

Based on 8 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled from Grand Junction to Denver with Amtrak California Zephyr report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 25 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.5
Timeliness
3.6
Staff
5.0
Value
3.9
Condition
4.6
Justin
3.0
15 March 2020Solo travel
Pros
great trip...pleasant ride
Cons
on time arrival, or near on time arrival would be appreciated
Tips
no
Lora
5.0
14 December 2019Visiting family
Pros
I liked how we could walk around.
Cons
Nothing much
Andrew
5.0
20 September 2019Couples trip
Pros
Beautiful scenery.
Cons
Need more dining cars, many unable to eat in dining car. Restrooms in upper coach. Very difficult for elderly to get down to use restrooms.
Tips
Take something to eat and drink.
Dilip
5.0
28 August 2019Vacation
Pros
wonderful conductors on board who took time to highlight the highlites of this scenic route.Also great dining room staff.
Cons
bathroom cleanliness
Tips
try to sit in observation area....bring cards /games to play if with others
Rudy
4.0
17 July 2019Couples trip
Pros
The scenery across Colorado!!!
Cons
Seating assignments
Tips
Bring hand sanitizer for bathroom use.

Based on 8 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled from Glenwood Springs to Denver with Amtrak California Zephyr report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 43 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.3
Timeliness
2.9
Staff
3.9
Value
3.8
Condition
3.8
Winona
5.0
21 November 2019Couples trip
Pros
Was easy
Cons
I was pretty happy with the trip so not sure
Tips
No
Teresa
4.0
2 November 2019Vacation
Pros
Train ride was beautiful and comfy.
Cons
We stood in (literally) 6 degrees for 45 minutes. They should have lined us up in the station during the delay. It was dangerously cold out there.
Tips
They said Wifi but no one was able connect.
Susan
5.0
27 September 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Great food was a surprise. The observation car is the place to be.
Tips
There is no WiFi but turn off your devices and enjoy the countryside and comfy stress-free ride. 👍
Kathleen
1.0
16 September 2019Vacation
Pros
It was comfortable
Cons
The schedule. The train was over 7 hrs late. We did not arrive in Denver until 1:30 A.M. Very upset and disappointed in AmtraK's scheduling!!!
Tips
Don't take Amtrak unless you could care less about your time.
Ashley
1.0
2 September 2019Couples trip
Pros
The trip there was great. The trip back was horrid!
Cons
The professionalism of the crew both on the ground and on the train. When I asked about what was for Dinner, you would have thought I asked for a favor. He wouldnt even go in to detail about the dinner other than chicken, steak and fish. Um .. what kind I asked. He just...More

Based on 5 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.5
Timeliness
1.5
Staff
3.0
Value
3.5
Condition
4.0
Sherri
4.0
11 August 2019Visiting family
Pros
The economy of travel.
Cons
The angle of the seats when reclining could be flatter.
Tips
Make sure you have plenty of time. My train was 2-3 hours late both directions.
Srikanth
3.0
28 June 2019Business
Pros
The schedule on paper was good and in reality was terrible because of the terrible time delays of 2 hours and 3 hours respectively on my to and fro trip (Omaha to Denver)
Cons
If only Amtrak cared about people more than freight, there could be less time delays.
Tips
Please plan at least for a 2 hour delay on your trip.

Based on 4 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled from Emeryville to Reno with Amtrak California Zephyr report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 25 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.5
Timeliness
4.8
Staff
4.5
Value
4.3
Condition
4.8
Chris
5.0
2 March 2020Visiting friends
Pros
Everything. The people, the lovely vistas, the dining car!
Elizabeth
5.0
13 February 2020Vacation
Pros
Reno and Johnny mathis
Stacy
5.0
17 July 2019Solo travel
Pros
Beautiful and scenic.
Cons
I wish the train served Coors light. 😁
Tips
The Roomettes are awesome but coach is just as good. Their dining car offered decent food and was quite tasty. They offered vegetarian options too!
Chandra
4.0
7 June 2019Solo travel
Pros
The sight and it was relaxing.
Cons
Overhead, kept hitting my head. Let people know about wi-fi.

Based on 4 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Timeliness
3.0
Staff
3.0
Value
2.5
Condition
3.5
Quentin
3.0
1 September 2019Vacation
Pros
mountain views amazing ! train goes nice & slow so time to take it all in.
Cons
speed of train on flat areas. connectivity of trains with other services like BART in SanFran. This is a government issue, not critique of the beautiful Zephyr. PAID 80usd and NO WIFI...BOOOO
Tips
get in the top deck lounge - views are super !
Chandra
3.0
10 June 2019Solo travel
Pros
Riding through the mountains and seeing the sight.
Cons
Let people sit in the car they want to. The car they told me to sit in, the bathroom was broken and smelling the whole car. It was hard for me because I have problems climbing high stairs and had to walk to the other car, where we were told not to sit in. The overhead c...More

Based on 3 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled from Truckee to Reno with Amtrak California Zephyr report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.7
Timeliness
2.3
Staff
4.0
Value
3.7
Condition
4.7
Lisa
5.0
29 December 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Very comfy, spacious and great views !
Cons
Opening the bar and food upon departure.
Carol
1.0
16 September 2019Vacation
Pros
The train ride to California was nice.
Cons
It would be nice if person at station would let passengers know when train is late.... especially that late
Tips
Bring overnight bag
Michael
4.0
27 June 2019Couples trip
Pros
The comfortable experience.
Cons
Be on time.
Tips
Be prepared for delayed departure.

Based on 3 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled from Salt Lake City to Reno with Amtrak California Zephyr report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 33 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Timeliness
3.7
Staff
4.3
Value
4.0
Condition
3.7
Charolenn
4.0
31 January 2020Solo travel
Pros
Comfortable
Cons
Shelvings
Tips
Keep an eye on your luggages
Doretha
3.0
26 October 2019Visiting family
Pros
Nice peaceful
Cons
The bathroom were broken at the very back of the train
Tips
Bring pillow and blanket
Michel
3.0
20 September 2019Visiting family
Pros
I liked the train, in general. Folks were friendly and seats were roomy.
Cons
Being over two hours late was the biggest issue/complaint I have. The bathrooms could be a little cleaner. Other than that, all was good.
Tips
Take a blanket.

Based on 3 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.3
Timeliness
3.7
Staff
4.0
Value
3.0
Condition
3.3
Joey
1.0
21 February 2020Couples trip
Cons
email and text to let folks know that you are late
Michael
5.0
24 January 2020Couples trip
Pros
Sitting in the observation section was very nice and clean. We liked the Sierra views and the snow packed mountains.
Tips
I would pack my own snacks and maybe drinks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there WiFi onboard Amtrak California Zephyr?

No, Amtrak California Zephyr does not offer WiFi at this time. We find that a good book makes the time fly by and streaming services like Netflix allow you download TV shows and movies that you can then watch during your trip. Plan ahead and you will stay entertained during the entire train ride.

Are there power outlets on a Amtrak California Zephyr train? Are there USB plugs?

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak California Zephyr train trips. You can generally find one or two plugs per row of seats, so be a good traveler and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a power outlet USB converter that typically come with most phones and tablets. Since Amtrak California Zephyr might sometimes use replacement train vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power outlets. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

Does Amtrak California Zephyr offer will call tickets, that you pick up at the station?

No, currently Amtrak California Zephyr does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station or stop.

Do you need an ID to get on a Amtrak California Zephyr train?

Yes, Amtrak California Zephyr requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, like a college ID, won’t work.

Can you use your phone to board Amtrak California Zephyr?

Yes, you can board Amtrak California Zephyr by showing your E Ticket on your phone. The E Ticket is emailed to when you make your reservation. To save yourself the trouble of digging through your inbox to find your ticket, get the Wanderu app and pull up your ticket with one click.

Are there bathrooms on Amtrak California Zephyr trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak California Zephyr train trips. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Are meals or beverages offered onboard Amtrak California Zephyr trips?

Amtrak California Zephyr provides snacks to satisfy your hunger during your travels. Check with the carrier if snacks are for sale, and pack a credit card and some cash in case you get hungry.

Do you have to print your Amtrak California Zephyr ticket?

Amtrak California Zephyr does not require a printed ticket to board the train. An E Ticket is sent to you by email that you can load on most electronic devices. You will want to have your ticket ready to be displayed as you board for the agent to scan. We recommend you download the Wanderu app, as it gives you super easy access to E Tickets for your upcoming trips for most carriers. As back up, road warriors recommend taking a screenshot of your E Ticket. That way, you won’t be fumbling around in case your internet connection cuts out.

Does Amtrak California Zephyr offer any premium features like extra legroom, movies or TV?

Amtrak California Zephyr goes the extra distance to deliver up-class offerings to its customers. Do you find yourself squished in a regular seat or just love having extra room to sprawl out? Well you’re in luck as Amtrak California Zephyr advertises that they offer extra legroom seating. Since there is no standard of what extra legroom is, the extra space you might get varies from carrier to carrier, but getting extra is always good.

Amtrak California Zephyr serves travelers in with train service to 35 destinations. These are the most popular Amtrak California Zephyr schedules and routes.

Truckee to Reno
Daily Trips1
Price€9.95
Omaha to Chicago
Daily Trips1
Price€56.97
Chicago to Denver
Daily Trips1
Price€90.43
Sacramento to Reno
Daily Trips1
Price€34.36
Salt Lake City to Reno
Daily Trips1
Price€44.31

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Chicago to Emeryville
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Price€127.50
Chicago to Richmond
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Price€127.50
Provo to Salt Lake City
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Price€8.14
Omaha to Salt Lake City
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Burlington to Salt Lake City
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Price€103.99