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Pasadena - Sacramento Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

3 trains operate daily from Pasadena to Sacramento. The train trip from Pasadena to Sacramento is usually about 9 hours and 14 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak train can get you there in as little as 8 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance359 mi (577 km)
Fastest train8h 55m
Lowest price$47.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Pasadena to Sacramento?

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Pasadena to Sacramento was $54.86. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Sacramento if you book your train tickets at least 22 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $9.64.

Average prices by travel date

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For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Pasadena to Sacramento will range from $48 to $66. If you're planning to travel by train to Sacramento in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Pasadena you can find in the next 7 days is $52. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

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The price of a train ticket from Pasadena to Sacramento remains pretty stable, regardless of when you plan to travel. Tickets on this route usually cost $52 throughout the year.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The price of train trips from Pasadena to Sacramento doesn't fluctuate much throughout the year, so you don’t need to book your tickets super far in advance. However, to avoid last-minute price surges or sold-out tickets, we recommend purchasing your train tickets at least 48 hours before departure.

Which train should you take from Pasadena to Sacramento?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Pasadena to Sacramento. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak39h 14m$59.45
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Pasadena to Sacramento every day, as well as 6 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $47.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the train is the main method of transportation from Pasadena 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 Pasadena and Sacramento is approximately 359 miles, or 577 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 14 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 55 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 Pasadena 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 Wednesday. Wednesday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Pasadena at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 12:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Sacramento to Pasadena.

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 Pasadena?

Main departure station: Pasadena Hilton Hotel - 168 S Los Robles Ave

There is one train station in Pasadena.

All train stations in Pasadena:

  • Pasadena Hilton Hotel - 168 S Los Robles Ave

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

  • 1389 10th Street 10th and N Streets

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