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Monterey - Sacramento Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

On most days, there is one scheduled train that travels from Monterey to Sacramento. The train trip from Monterey to Sacramento is usually about 7 hours and 13 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak train can get you there in as little as 6 hours and 54 minutes.

Distance139 mi (223 km)
Fastest train6h 54m
Lowest price$53.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Monterey and Sacramento cost $56.20, on average. Booking your trip at least 28 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $30.40 more.

Monthly avg. prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Monterey to Sacramento often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in May when the average ticket price is only $56. If you're thinking of traveling from Monterey to Sacramento during October, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $75 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in October, is to book your trip well in advance.

Which train should you take from Monterey to Sacramento?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Monterey to Sacramento. 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
Amtrak17h 14m$74.24
  • 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 Sacramento every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $53.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the train is the main method of transportation from Monterey to Sacramento, 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.

The distance between Monterey and Sacramento is approximately 139 miles, or 223 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 13 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 54 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.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Monterey to Sacramento on Monday. Tickets for Monday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Saturday. Saturday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Monterey at 4:00pm and arrives in Sacramento around 6 hours later.

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 Sacramento to Monterey.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Monterey?

Main departure station: 1 Old Golf Course Rd

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

All train stations in Monterey:

  • 1 Old Golf Course Rd

  • 351 Fremont St

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • 500 Tyler St

  • Marriott

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 arrival 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

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