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Monterey - Los Angeles Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Monterey to Los Angeles. Traveling by train from Monterey to Los Angeles usually takes around 10 hours and 30 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 9 hours and 47 minutes.

Distance271 mi (436 km)
Fastest train9h 47m
Lowest price$57.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Monterey to Los Angeles?

In the last month, $57.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Monterey, CA to Los Angeles, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 14 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $14.44 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Monterey to Los Angeles by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $58 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Monterey to Los Angeles in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $68 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 14 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Los Angeles from Monterey will be about $14.44 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Monterey to Los Angeles?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Monterey, California to Los Angeles, California. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak110h 30m$65.42
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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 Monterey to Los Angeles every day, as well as 8 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $57.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Monterey to Los Angeles during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Monterey to Los Angeles?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Monterey to Los Angeles, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from Monterey to Los Angeles?

The distance between Monterey and Los Angeles is approximately 271 miles, or 436 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 30 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 9 hours and 47 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Monterey to Los Angeles 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.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Monterey at 9:00am and arrives in Los Angeles around 9 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Monterey to Los Angeles?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Los Angeles to Monterey.

City Information

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Monterey?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 5 stops and stations in Monterey where you can board the train.

Train stations in Monterey:

  • 1 Old Golf Course Rd

  • 500 Tyler St

  • 351 Fremont St

  • Marriott Hotel - 350 Calle Principal

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

Arrival stations

Los Angeles receives travelers from Monterey at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Los Angeles:

  • Union Station

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