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Sacramento - Santa Clara Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 7 daily train trips between Sacramento and Santa Clara. The average train journey from Sacramento to Santa Clara takes 4 hours and 7 minutes, but some Amtrak Capitol Corridor train trips are as short as 2 hours and 42 minutes.

Distance88 mi (142 km)
Fastest train2h 42m
Lowest price€29.56
Trains per day12
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Capitol Corridor
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Sacramento to Santa Clara

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Michelle

16 April 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Easy to book, everyone was very friendly and professional and it was a very comfortable train ride. In fact, I may use the train as my main transportation up to Sacramento.

5.0

Randy

27 November 2022- Couples trip

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: Convenience & comfort. Cons: Seats with a little recline. Tips: Pack snacks & neck pillow!!

5.0

BIN

11 July 2022- Business

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: Enjoy and relax to take this ride. Tips: Overall the ride is punctuate and safe, and the seat is comfortable.

5.0

Harry

10 February 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: Thankful. Cons: Food choices.

5.0

Eva

19 January 2020- Solo travel

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Cabin was very cold.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Sacramento to Santa Clara is €33.71, Compared to most train fares, this is an excellent price. By booking your trip at least 12 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 €32.00 more.

Average prices by travel date

€69€46€23MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Sacramento to Santa Clara will vary between €33 and €59. Planning a train trip to Santa Clara within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Sacramento over the next 7 days is €33. 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

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

Prices as travel date approaches

€92€74€55€37€183020100

The average price of train tickets from Sacramento to Santa Clara is pretty stable year-round. However, we still suggest buying your train tickets at least 48 hours prior to departure to avoid unexpected price hikes and the possibility of the train being sold out.

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Santa Clara?

2 train services operate from Sacramento to Santa Clara. Amtrak Capitol Corridor usually has more trains scheduled, with 6 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak111h 53m€76.17
Amtrak Capitol Corridor62h 50m€33.71
  • 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 Santa Clara every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €30.

  • 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 Santa Clara in about 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Sacramento to Santa Clara. 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 Santa Clara is approximately 88 miles, or 142 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 7 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 42 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

Trains from Sacramento to Santa Clara are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Saturday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Sacramento at 04:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 17:00. 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 7 scheduled trains on most days. 12 of these are direct connections to Santa Clara. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

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

Santa Clara

Santa Clara, CA, US - SLR-0

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Santa Clara is a city in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to Santa Clara University, the San Francisco 49ers, and many of Silicon Valley's prominent tech companies. The Intel Museum, at Intel's headquarters, is the perfect place to celebrate technological advances and see exhibits like a giant replica of an Intel computing chip. The Intel Museum is free to visit, as is the Triton Museum of Art, home to contemporary artworks from Bay Area artists.

If you'd rather escape the fast-paced world of tech, the Santa Clara Valley is also home to over 30 wineries that encourage visitors to take it slow and relax a while. Drink in the view as you sip the wines at Kirigin Cellars, one of the oldest wineries in California.

Santa Clara is a fabulous city for a family vacation, too, just maybe without the winery visits. Instead, treat the kids to thrills at California's Great Adventure amusement park and South Bay Shores water park.

Santa Clara is one of the stops on the Capitol Corridor train that runs from San Jose to Sacramento. Amtrak Thruway provides a few bus trips out of Santa Clara, but there are even more options departing from its neighbors, San Jose and San Francisco. The closest major airport to Santa Clara is the San Jose Airport, but it also convenient to fly into San Francisco or Oakland.

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

  • Pacific Central Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

Where is the train station in Santa Clara?

Main arrival station: Caltrain ACE station - 1001 Railroad Ave

Santa Clara receives travelers from Sacramento at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Santa Clara:

  • Caltrain ACE station - 1001 Railroad Ave

  • 5099 Stars and Stripes Dr

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