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Riverside - Las Vegas Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

2 trains operate daily from Riverside to Las Vegas. The train trip from Riverside to Las Vegas is usually about 20 hours and 25 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Southwest Chief train can get you there in as little as 18 hours and 38 minutes.

Distance700 mi (1126 km)
Fastest train18h 38m
Lowest price$118.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Southwest Chief
Train lines2

What is the price of a train ticket from Riverside to Las Vegas?

Over the past month, a train ticket between Riverside, CA and Las Vegas, NM cost $118.00, on average. Since this route covers a considerable distance, tickets are typically a bit pricier than most train fares. Booking your trip at least 5 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $59.67 more.

Monthly avg. prices

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Mark your calendar for January if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Riverside to Las Vegas. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $99. If you're planning a trip from Riverside to Las Vegas during September, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $193 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Which train should you take from Riverside to Las Vegas?

2 train services operate from Riverside to Las Vegas. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak122h 23m$169.89
Amtrak Southwest Chief118h 40m$165.10
  • 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 Riverside to Las Vegas every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $100.

  • The Southwest Chief is a passenger train operated by America’s largest train service, Amtrak. The full route travels over 2,200 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, which takes over 43 hours. The train covers the stretch from Riverside to Las Vegas in about 18 hours and 40 minutes. In addition to standard Coach Class seats, the Southwest Chief offers several sleeper cabin options on longer journeys. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is consistently ranked as one of the most scenic train routes in America, thanks to the stunning views of the Painted Desert, the Red Cliffs of Sedona, and the Grand Canyon you’ll see from your train window.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Riverside to Las Vegas. 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 Las Vegas is approximately 700 miles, or 1126 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 20 hours and 25 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 18 hours and 38 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.

Trains from Riverside to Las Vegas 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 Tuesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Riverside at 3:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Trains leave the station in Riverside twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Las Vegas faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Las Vegas to Riverside.

City Information

Riverside

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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?

Downtown Metrolink Station - 4066 Vine St  - RIVMEG-0

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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 Las Vegas?

Main arrival station: 500 Railroad Ave at Lincoln

Las Vegas has one train station.

All train stations in Las Vegas:

  • 500 Railroad Ave at Lincoln

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