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Riverside - San Clemente Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 3 daily train trips available from Riverside to San Clemente. Traveling by train from Riverside to San Clemente usually takes 3 hours and 52 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 37 minutes.

Distance38 mi (62 km)
Fastest train2h 37m
Lowest price$21.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Riverside to San Clemente?

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Riverside to San Clemente was $24.00. This is basically as cheap as train fares can get. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 18 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $0.21 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Monthly average prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during February. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Riverside to San Clemente, with the average price at just $24. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in October, when the average price goes up to $29. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Which train should you take from Riverside to San Clemente?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak33h 52m$24.57
  • 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 Riverside to San Clemente every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $21.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Riverside to San Clemente. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.
The distance between Riverside and San Clemente is approximately 38 miles, or 62 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 52 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 37 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

Wednesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Riverside to San Clemente. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Wednesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Saturday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Riverside at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00am. 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 San Clemente to Riverside.

City Information

Riverside

Riverside, CA - RIV-0

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Riverside, CA - RIV-1

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Riverside is the most populous city in the Inland Empire and the birthplace of the local citrus industry. One of the most popular buildings in the city is the Mission Inn, a historic landmark that is also the largest Mission Revival Style building in the country. The building is now a popular local hotel and spa, offering top-notch hospitality services. While nearby, don't forget to check out the Mission Inn Museum as well. If you are looking to enjoy a great panoramic view of the entire city, take a short hike to the top of Mount Rubidoux, and you will not be disappointed!

Riverside boasts a generally vibrant food scene with plenty of establishments to choose from. The Mission Inn itself offers incredible traditional Spanish dishes and a fabulous open-air patio dining spot. For seasonal produce and local dishes, check out Salted Pig!

Riverside is served by Amtrak trains and several bus companies that operate routes throughout Southern California and beyond. In addition, there are three major airports in Riverside's general area: Ontario International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and John Wayne Orange County Airport.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Riverside?

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Main departure station: Downtown Metrolink Station - 4066 Vine St

On June 14, 1993, the Riverside station on Vine Street opened as a transportation facility. It comprises a platform with modest shelters to shield visitors from the sun and adverse weather. On April 29, 2002, the station was added as a stop on the Southwest Chief route, putting an end to Amtrak trains just passing through Riverside without making a scheduled stop. In addition to Amtrak, the station now primarily operates as a Metrolink commuter rail and transit bus terminal.

All train stations in Riverside:

  • Downtown Metrolink Station - 4066 Vine St

Where is the train station in San Clemente?

Main arrival station: 615 Ave Victoria at San Clemente Pier

San Clemente has one train station.

All train stations in San Clemente:

  • 615 Ave Victoria at San Clemente Pier

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