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Trip Summary

11 trains operate daily from Sacramento to Berkeley. The train trip from Sacramento to Berkeley is usually about one hour and 44 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Capitol Corridor train can get you there in as little as one hour and 32 minutes.

Distance65 mi (104 km)
Fastest train1h 32m
Lowest price€26.79
Trains per day11
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Capitol Corridor
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Sacramento to Berkeley

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Brian

9 May 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: Easy to board and disembark. While a little cramped, the seat was fine. 'Liked the available coffee in a.m., glass of wine in p.m. Great having wi-fi! 'Appreciated helpful cart driver at Sac. Val. helping me catch my train in a.m. Cons: Can't think of much. Tips: This sure beats hanging onto your steering wheel, trying to dodge traffick and sweating out delays on the freeway that likely will make you late for your meeting!

4.0

LaBriece

10 August 2022- Business

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: Quiet and on time. Cons: The suitcases were supposed to be stored on the bottom level but we had to sit on the upper level and I felt uncomfortable leaving my valuables (in my heavy large luggage). Tips: Good value and better than driving!! Great WiFi. Convenient.

5.0

Carol

18 July 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: Good value, on time, easy and relaxing. Cons: I'm trying to think of something, but nothing comes to mind. Tips: What fun! The train car was so comfortable, and unlike an automobile, we could get up and stretch, pay no attention to traffic, and see a whole different view of the trip, either from the lower level or the upper level. We were so much more relaxed when I reached our destination. And it was cheaper than driving, too. How can you beat that?

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

The average price for a train ticket from Sacramento to Berkeley is €26.79, This is one of the best deals we’ve seen for train fares recently. By booking your trip at least 10 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay €26.68 more.

Average prices by travel date

€28€18€9MayJun

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Berkeley from Sacramento is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about €27 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

€46€37€28€18€9JJASONDJFMAM
The price of a train ticket from Sacramento to Berkeley remains pretty stable, regardless of when you plan to travel. Tickets on this route usually cost €28 throughout the year.

Prices as travel date approaches

€69€55€42€28€143020100

Since ticket prices on this route stay pretty consistent, you don’t need to book way in advance. However, we recommend buying your train ticket to Berkeley at least 48 hours before your scheduled departure to prevent any unpleasant surprises, like last-minute surges in price or sold-out tickets.

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Berkeley?

2 train services operate from Sacramento to Berkeley. Amtrak Capitol Corridor usually has more trains scheduled, with 11 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak11d 3h 25m€220.60
Amtrak Capitol Corridor111h 35m€26.79
  • 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 Sacramento to Berkeley every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €188.

  • Since 1991, Capitol Corridor has connected Auburn to San Jose, with stops in Sacramento, Oakland, Berkeley, and 15 other cities in Northern California. The route's convenient transport to various cities includes breathtaking scenery guaranteed to help pass the time. Each train offers onboard WiFi and a cafe car for the comfort of passengers, as well as ample bicycle and luggage storage. Most Capitol Corridor trips make the journey from Sacramento to Berkeley in about 1 hours and 35 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Sacramento to Berkeley. 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.
The distance between Sacramento and Berkeley is approximately 65 miles, or 104 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 44 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 32 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

Trains departing from Sacramento to Berkeley tend to have the most passengers on Friday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Friday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Sunday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Sacramento at 04:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 19:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 11 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Sacramento to Berkeley.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Berkeley 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.

Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, US - BKY-0

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Berkeley is located on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay Area and is home to the popular University of California. It has an ethnically diverse community and numerous culinary and art attractions as a college city. Make the most of your trip with a visit to their unique museums, like the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the Berkely Art Museum, and the Pacific Film Archive.

The Lawrence Hall of Science offers a planetarium and hands-on exhibits for families. Berkeley is also home to gorgeous parks and green spaces, like the 2000-acre Tilden Regional Park and Adventure Playground. Berkeley is the center of entertainment in California, with the exciting nightlife attracting students and young professionals. Food is an important part of this city, as you can explore the ethnic restaurants and food trucks. Look out for shows held in the Greek Theatre, or explore their ever-growing craft beer scene. Downtown Berkeley is the entertainment district of this college city.

If you're visiting Berkeley, you can do so by train from 85 other cities or bus from 38 cities. The bus lines are provided by FlixBus, while Amtrak supplies most of the train routes. In the town, you can move around with public transit, with student-friendly prices.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Sacramento?

Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-0

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Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-1

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Main departure station: Valley Station - 401 I St

Sacramento Valley Station is the second busiest transport hub in California and is used by more than one million people every year. Originally constructed in 1926, it now serves as a major center for Amtrak trains traveling within California, northwards along the West Coast, and eastwards into the American Southwest. The station also falls along four Amtrak Thruway bus routes and operates as the western terminus for the Sacramento Light Rail network. Located between Old Sacramento and Downtown, the station is within walking distance of several Gold-Rush era historical monuments as well as an ultra-modern retail district filled with shops and restaurants.

All train stations in Sacramento:

  • Valley Station - 401 I St

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

  • Pacific Central Station

Where is the train station in Berkeley?

Main arrival station: 700 University Ave under University Ave overpass W of 4th St

Berkeley has one train station.

Train stations in Berkeley:

  • 700 University Ave under University Ave overpass W of 4th St

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