Cheap train tickets from Los Angeles to San Francisco

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How much are train tickets from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

Lowest Price$52.00
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Is there a direct train from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

Unfortunately, there is not a direct train from L.A. to San Francisco. The Amtrak Coast Starlight runs from Union Station in L.A. through Diridon Caltrain Station in San Jose and Jack London Square Station in Oakland, but will require you to disembark at one of those locations and take a different train into the city. The Muni Metro light rail also offers routes from San Jose and Oakland into San Francisco.

How do you find cheap train tickets from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Los Angeles to San Francisco is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Los Angeles to San Francisco was $55.30. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 27 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $13.20 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

The distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco is approximately 347.62 miles, or 559.30 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 10 hours and 32 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 45 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest day for trains from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

On Monday trains from Los Angeles to San Francisco are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Saturday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

Typically there are 34 schedules to compare for your trip to San Francisco. One train carrier operates regular service on the Los Angeles to San Francisco route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between Los Angeles to San Francisco, usually offering 34 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco, you will need to disembark from the first train and board a connecting train. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may be responsible for transferring your own checked luggage, but you will definitely need to bring your hand luggage.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Los Angeles to San Francisco, which start at $4.99.

One train company connects Los Angeles to San Francisco

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Los Angeles to San Francisco start from $52.00, and on average cost $58.72. Daily there are 34 Amtrak schedules to San Francisco. Amtrak in Los Angeles leaves from Union Station and 4 other stations. And in San Francisco trains arrive at 425 Mission St and 3 other train stations.

From Los Angeles to San Francisco train travel on Amtrak takes 10 hours and 32 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Francisco faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 8 hours and 45 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 36 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $59.04 for a one-way train ticket to San Francisco.

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Plan your next adventure

There are 5 train stations in Los Angeles with trains to San Francisco. For this route, the busiest departing train stations are:
  • Union Station
  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • 592 Gayley Ave
  • Catalina Express Terminal
  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd
There are 4 different stations where trains from Los Angeles arrive in San Francisco. You can review and use the directions feature on Wanderu to see which station is closest to your final destination. These are the busiest arriving train stations in San Francisco:
  • 425 Mission St
  • 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St
  • Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf
  • 835 Market St