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About Capitol Corridor

Capitol Corridor is one of eight rail routes that operate across the state of California. Capitol Corridor provides intercity rail service across Northern California, connecting Auburn to San Jose. Most trains operate on the part of the route from San Jose (California's first state capitol) to Sacramento (California's current state capitol), hence the name "Capitol Corridor."

Capitol Corridor provides transport to around 1.5 million passengers annually on its service to 18 stations. Some of the main stations include Santa Clara, Oakland, Berkeley, and Sacramento. Capitol Corridor trains travel 168 miles in under four hours.

Capitol Corridor stands out from other rail routes due to the stunning landscapes and landmarks the trains pass by. From the protected wetland habitat of Alviso Slough to the Famous Levi's stadium, when you're traveling on the Capitol Corridor, you'll never be short on sights to pass the time. In addition, the Capitol Corridor has a strong commitment to a green and sustainable future, with trains designed for reduced emissions and energy efficiency.

Capitol Corridor trains provide numerous amenities to make your journey as enjoyable as possible. Onboard WiFi ensures that you will always have entertainment at hand. Capitol Corridor only offers coach class seating to its passengers, but there is plenty of room for bikes and luggage storage onboard. See how much luggage you can bring on trains to ensure you don't overpack.

Capitol Corridor has been an official partner of Wanderu since 2015, making it easy to search routes and secure the best deal. And if you are an Amtrak Guest Rewards member, don’t forget to enter your unique number during checkout, so you can continue collecting points.

Contact Capitol Corridor

Phone number: US: 1 (800) 872-7245
* #1 Best Ground Travel Provider in the West   
 * #4 Best Train Line in the United States
  • #1 Best Ground Travel Provider in the West
    • #4 Best Train Line in the United States

Capitol Corridor Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
RestroomRestroom
Extra legroomExtra legroom
Loyalty rewardsLoyalty rewards
Power outletPower outlet
SnacksSnacks
WiFiWiFi

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Capitol Corridor train coverage

Daily Trips461
stations18
cities16
countries1

What travelers are saying about Capitol Corridor

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Capitol Corridor had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 68 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 94 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 103 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 114 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 126 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 119 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 124 reviews

Capitol Corridor reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Capitol Corridor

(Based on 137 reviews)

4.6
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.4

Timeliness

4.8

Staff

4.4

Value

3.8

Condition

4.6

Capitol Corridor passenger reviews

5.0

Hector

September 16, 2022- Vacation

Fremont to Sacramento

Lots of fun

Lots of fun

2.0

Bijeta

July 15, 2022- Visiting family

Fremont to Sacramento

Pros: Nothing. Cons: Informing travelers that their train is delayed would have been nice. The trip that was supposed to be 2.5 hrs took 7 hours which is unacceptable.

Pros: Nothing. Cons: Informing travelers that their train is delayed would have been nice. The trip that was supposed to be 2.5 hrs took 7 hours which is unacceptable.

1.0

Leonardo

July 15, 2022- Visiting friends

Emeryville to Sacramento

Pros: It was nice but there was a delayed and missed a important meeting. Cons: Should let people know about delayed before hand j rushed to catch train and yet it was delayed.

Pros: It was nice but there was a delayed and missed a important meeting. Cons: Should let people know about delayed before hand j rushed to catch train and yet it was delayed.

5.0

BIN

July 11, 2022- Business

Sacramento to Santa Clara

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

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

5.0

Leonardo

July 2, 2022- Visiting family

Emeryville to Sacramento

Lack of mask enforcement

Lack of mask enforcement

Capitol Corridor Routes & Network

Capitol Corridor’s train network features 274 train routes that connect 16 cities serving 18 stations. On average, Capitol Corridor performs about 461 train trips every day. The top cities to which Capitol Corridor offers the highest number of daily train service include Sacramento and Fremont.

Top Cities Served by Capitol Corridor

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Sacramento112:40 pm6:46 am
Davis211:10 am6:30 am
Emeryville111:10 am6:30 am
San Jose111:10 am4:48 am
Santa Clara111:10 am4:20 am
Berkeley211:10 am6:30 am
Oakland111:10 am6:30 am
Martinez111:10 am4:47 am
Richmond111:10 am6:30 am

Most popular Capitol Corridor routes

The train from Sacramento to Fremont is Capitol Corridor’s most popular route. Trips from San Jose to Sacramento and Emeryville to Davis are also highly popular.

Top Capitol Corridor routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Sacramento to Fremont52h 26m$35
San Jose to Sacramento63h 6m$31
Emeryville to Davis71h 25m$24
Sacramento to Richmond91h 26m$27
Berkeley to Sacramento81h 45m$29
Oakland to Sacramento122h 3m$28
Sacramento to Martinez80h 59m$19
Sacramento to Santa Clara112h 49m$36
Sacramento to Emeryville111h 38m$28

Capitol Corridor Cancellation Policy

All Capitol Corridor tickets can be cancelled for a full refund within the first 24 hours after purchase. If more than 24 hours have passed, the cancellation policy and change fee structure for Amtrak bookings depend on the type of fare you purchased:

Saver Fare tickets: A 25% fee applies for any changes. If you cancel the trip, you will receive an eVoucher worth 75% of the original ticket price.

Value Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable up to 15 or more days before departure. If cancelled less than 14 days before departure, a 25% cancellation fee applies.

Flexible, Business and Premium Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable if cancelled or changed before departure.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable after the train has departed, so be sure to make your updates as soon as possible if your travel plans change.

If your Capitol Corridor ticket is eligible for change or cancellation, you can do that by calling Amtrak’s customer service phone number at 1 (800) 872-7245. To cancel or change your booking online, simply go to www.amtrak.com and click on the “Modify Trip” tab in the upper right corner.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase when booking your tickets. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and coverage for lost or damaged baggage, trip protection can help you get your money back in case you need to cancel or change your trip. You can file a claim to have any Amtrak change or cancellation fees reimbursed if you cannot travel due to covered reasons such as illness, extreme weather, or required work shifts.

Capitol Corridor Train Guide & FAQs

Do Capitol Corridor trains have WiFi?

Yes, Capitol Corridor offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Capitol Corridor will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Capitol Corridor WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Are there power outlets or USB plugs on the train?

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Capitol Corridor trains. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller 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 USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Capitol Corridor might sometimes use replacement train vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

What is Capitol Corridor's schedule?

On a typical day, Capitol Corridor has 461 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

No, Capitol Corridor 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.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

Yes, Capitol Corridor 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, such as a college ID, won’t work.

What are Capitol Corridor’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about Capitol Corridor’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there bathrooms on Capitol Corridor trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Capitol Corridor trains. 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 available?


Capitol Corridor provides snacks to satisfy your hunger during your travels. Be sure to pack a credit card and some cash in case you get hungry.

Do you have to print your Capitol Corridor ticket?

Capitol Corridor does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.

Does Capitol Corridor offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Capitol Corridor goes the extra distance to deliver premium features 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 Capitol Corridor offers extra legroom seating. Since there is no standard of what extra legroom is, the extra space you get may vary between train lines, but getting extra is always good.

Cheap Capitol Corridor tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 461 Capitol Corridor trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Capitol Corridor tickets start at just $2.50. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Capitol Corridor tickets?

Wanderu is the best place to score cheap Capitol Corridor tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare Capitol Corridor prices with trips offered by other train companies to be sure you’re getting the best deal on your tickets!

Pro travelers know that booking your ticket well in advance is key to finding the lowest price. Ticket prices normally go up the closer you get to the travel date, so don’t miss out on a good deal when you see one. If you can be flexible with your travel date, you can also get cheap tickets by traveling on weekdays instead of weekends.

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