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About Amtrak San Joaquins

Amtrak's San Joaquins line offers one of the most convenient ways to travel throughout California and the San Joaquin Valley. Permanently added to Amtrak's network in 1974 after a three-year hiatus, the San Joaquins train line has been serving California for over 40 years.

The San Joaquins line provides service throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Northern California, with trains running daily between the San Francisco Bay Area and Bakersfield. Stops on this line include Fresno, Martinez, Modesto, and Stockton, with a complete end-to-end trip taking approximately 6 hours and 15 minutes. The San Joaquins allows locals and tourists alike to visit many of California's main attractions, including the Sacramento History Museum and the Bakersfield Museum of Art.

Although some amenities and accommodations vary by train, when aboard the Amtrak San Joaquins, you can expect lavatories, individual power outlets, onboard WiFi, and cafe services. However, food and beverage offerings may be suspended due to COVID-19. Most trains only provide coach-class seating, as well as carry-on bicycles.

Amtrak San Joaquins is known for being the seventh busiest Amtrak line in the United States, as well as the train carrier's third-busiest in the state of California. Although the San Joaquins is a hugely popular train route, the service maintains the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness, ensuring that every one of its hundreds of passengers is taken care of throughout their journey.

Amtrak San Joaquins is an official partner of Wanderu and has been one since 2015. Wanderu makes it simple to browse and purchase train tickets for all of Amtrak's services across America. 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 Amtrak San Joaquins

Phone number: US: 1 (800) 872-7245
 #2 Best Ground Travel Provider in the West
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Amtrak San Joaquins Amenities

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

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Amtrak San Joaquins train coverage

Daily Trips793
stations18
cities17
countries1

What travelers are saying about Amtrak San Joaquins

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Amtrak San Joaquins had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 107 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 134 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 175 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 193 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 182 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 187 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 181 reviews

Amtrak San Joaquins reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak San Joaquins

(Based on 225 reviews)

4.6
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.4

Timeliness

4.6

Staff

4.5

Value

4.1

Condition

4.5

Amtrak San Joaquins passenger reviews

5.0

Erikas

November 30, 2022- Vacation

Fresno to Emeryville

Pros: Travelling by train is perhaps the most pleasant and stylish way of getting around in the US. Enjoyed every minute of my trip. Kind and helpful conductors. V. good WiFi too. Cons: Hope some day your railroad might get extended to Oakhurst, CA. Tips: Avoid dull an...

Pros: Travelling by train is perhaps the most pleasant and stylish way of getting around in the US. Enjoyed every minute of my trip. Kind and helpful conductors. V. good WiFi too. Cons: Hope some day your railroad might get extended to Oakhurst, CA. Tips: Avoid dull and pricey American flights - and go for Amtrak.

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4.0

Peter

November 23, 2022- Visiting family

Stockton to Richmond

Pros: Just as fast to drive and about half the cost of gasoline for the trip. Plus, you can have a cocktail! Cons: It's great for the shorter trips the San Joaquins makes. I can't think of anything inherently needing change. Tips: Enjoy the ride!

Pros: Just as fast to drive and about half the cost of gasoline for the trip. Plus, you can have a cocktail! Cons: It's great for the shorter trips the San Joaquins makes. I can't think of anything inherently needing change. Tips: Enjoy the ride!

5.0

Regina

October 31, 2022- Solo travel

Stockton to Richmond

Pros: It's always so quite and such a great ride. Cons: Nothing. Tips: It's cheaper to take the train them to drive a car.

Pros: It's always so quite and such a great ride. Cons: Nothing. Tips: It's cheaper to take the train them to drive a car.

4.0

REYNA

October 9, 2022- Solo travel

Emeryville to Fresno

Pros: I liked that snacks provided. Cons: I think there should be a more secure cleaner space with a cleaner bathroom that people can pay more for. Tips: There’s literally crackheads and crazy people that go on the train.

Pros: I liked that snacks provided. Cons: I think there should be a more secure cleaner space with a cleaner bathroom that people can pay more for. Tips: There’s literally crackheads and crazy people that go on the train.

4.0

REYNA

October 8, 2022- Solo travel

Fresno to Emeryville

Pros: I liked she snacks provided in my second train ride. Cons: The toilets could be cleaner. Tips: There’s weird people that go on trains which can be intimidating for a single woman traveler but they don’t bother you.

Pros: I liked she snacks provided in my second train ride. Cons: The toilets could be cleaner. Tips: There’s weird people that go on trains which can be intimidating for a single woman traveler but they don’t bother you.

Amtrak San Joaquins Routes & Network

Amtrak San Joaquins’s train network features 233 train routes that connect 17 cities serving 18 stations. On average, Amtrak San Joaquins performs about 793 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak San Joaquins offers the highest number of daily train service include Fresno and Hanford.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak San Joaquins

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Fresno1912:12 pm5:19 am
Stockton1612:12 pm5:57 am
Emeryville1812:12 pm5:57 am
Hanford1612:12 pm5:49 am
Bakersfield172:26 pm7:12 am
Merced1812:12 pm4:42 am
Modesto1912:12 pm5:19 am
Oakland1912:12 pm5:57 am
Sacramento192:12 am6:44 am

Most popular Amtrak San Joaquins routes

The train from Fresno to Hanford is Amtrak San Joaquins’s most popular route. Trips from Emeryville to Fresno and Emeryville to Stockton are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak San Joaquins routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Fresno to Hanford60h 32m$4
Emeryville to Fresno53h 59m$16
Emeryville to Stockton51h 33m$6
Sacramento to Fresno13h 19m$15
Bakersfield to Fresno61h 59m$11
Fresno to Stockton62h 19m$12
Richmond to Stockton51h 24m$6
Stockton to Oakland51h 49m$7
Merced to Fresno61h 0m$7

Amtrak San Joaquins Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak San Joaquins 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 Amtrak San Joaquins 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.

Amtrak San Joaquins Train Guide & FAQs

Do Amtrak San Joaquins trains have WiFi?

Yes, Amtrak San Joaquins offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak San Joaquins 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. Amtrak San Joaquins 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 Amtrak San Joaquins 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 Amtrak San Joaquins 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 Amtrak San Joaquins's schedule?

On a typical day, Amtrak San Joaquins has 793 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, Amtrak San Joaquins 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, Amtrak San Joaquins 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 Amtrak San Joaquins’s COVID-19 policies?

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

Are there bathrooms on Amtrak San Joaquins trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak San Joaquins 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?


Amtrak San Joaquins 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 Amtrak San Joaquins ticket?

Amtrak San Joaquins 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 Amtrak San Joaquins offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Amtrak San Joaquins 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 Amtrak San Joaquins 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.

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How do I get the best deal on Amtrak San Joaquins tickets?

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