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Trip Summary

There are 10 daily trains from Sacramento to Fresno. Traveling by train from Sacramento to Fresno usually takes around 4 hours and 17 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak San Joaquins train can make the trip in 3 hours and 19 minutes.

Distance158 mi (254 km)
Fastest train3h 19m
Lowest price$23.50
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Sacramento, CA to Fresno, CA

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Roslyn

September 6, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak

The price was affordable and the transportation was efficient and clean.

The price was affordable and the transportation was efficient and clean.

5.0

Hughes

May 4, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak

easy to book and travel

easy to book and travel

4.0

Sokhim

March 26, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: No delays. Cons: Snacks and drinks. Tips: If your sick or don't feel well please stay home and reschedule the trip.

Pros: No delays. Cons: Snacks and drinks. Tips: If your sick or don't feel well please stay home and reschedule the trip.

5.0

Heather

January 19, 2020- Solo travel

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: I loved it! I could relax and sleep and not worry about traffic or falling asleep. The Amtrak station was clean and reminded me of an airport, but quieter without all the people. Buying the ticket was easy. I find the train such a great alternative, and very affo...

Pros: I loved it! I could relax and sleep and not worry about traffic or falling asleep. The Amtrak station was clean and reminded me of an airport, but quieter without all the people. Buying the ticket was easy. I find the train such a great alternative, and very affordable. Tips: Ride it and you'll love it!

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5.0

Deanna

August 14, 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: Relaxing and smooth ride. Bought last minute. App and eticket are very efficient. Cons: I use WiFi all the time. The WiFi shows available on the train, but for the life of me I couldn’t hook up to it. I have an iPhone 6Xs.

Pros: Relaxing and smooth ride. Bought last minute. App and eticket are very efficient. Cons: I use WiFi all the time. The WiFi shows available on the train, but for the life of me I couldn’t hook up to it. I have an iPhone 6Xs.

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

In the last month, $26.68 was the average price of a train ticket from Sacramento, CA to Fresno, CA. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $6.95 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Sacramento to Fresno will vary between $25 and $31. Planning a train trip to Fresno within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Sacramento over the next 7 days is $25. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Sacramento to Fresno by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $28 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Sacramento to Fresno in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $32 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 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Fresno from Sacramento will be about $6.95 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Fresno?

2 train services operate from Sacramento, California to Fresno, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 10 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak104h 20m$28.55
Amtrak San Joaquins13h 19m$23.77
  • 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 10 Amtrak trains from Sacramento to Fresno every day, as well as 12 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $24.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Sacramento to Fresno 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 Sacramento to Fresno?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Sacramento to Fresno. 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.

How long is the train journey from Sacramento to Fresno?

The distance between Sacramento and Fresno is approximately 158 miles, or 254 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 19 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 Sacramento to Fresno are the most crowded on Sunday. 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.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Sacramento at 5:00am 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.

Is there a direct train from Sacramento to Fresno?

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Sacramento to Fresno. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Fresno to Sacramento. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Sacramento to Fresno for $24.98.

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.

Fresno

Situated close to the center of California, Fresno’s location makes it the perfect hub for travelers who wish to explore the state, but it also has enough attractions on its own to keep visitors interested. One of the city’s most unique destinations is the Forestiere Underground Gardens. Built by a Sicilian immigrant, the gardens stay below the ground level so that citrus trees could grow, making it a unique sight that will capture the heart of nature lovers. Fresno has recently gone through a lot of changes in the field of agriculture, and the city’s love for homegrown produce is now one of its attractions. As you explore the city, don’t hesitate to make a slight detour to Riverdance Farm, a local organic farm where you can pick ripened blueberries and cherries to your heart’s content. For fans of cultural activities, the Fresno Art Museum offers unique artworks created mostly by local artists.

Fresno restaurants are famous for their fresh homegrown produce, and Sam’s Italian Deli & Market is where you can try local staples. If you want to cook yourself, Fresno Farmers’ Market will be a great choice.

Fresno’s main bus and train station is the Santa Fe Passenger Depot located at 2650 Tulare St. From there, you can take buses from various carriers or hop on a train on Amtrak’s San Joaquins line. The Fresno Yosemite International Airport is the city’s main airport and it is located not too far from the city center.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Sacramento?

Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-0

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Departure stations

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.

Where is the train station in Fresno?

Santa Fe Station - 2650 Tulare St  - FNOAMT-0

Image credit: Ron Reiring

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Arrival stations

The Santa Fe Station is a historic train station and transportation hub in Fresno. The station opened in 1899 and was originally owned by the Santa Fe Railway, hence the misleading “Santa Fe” name for a station in Fresno. Passengers can board the Amtrak San Joaquins train to Oakland, Sacramento, or Bakersfield from this station, and bus service from Amtrak Thruway and Jefferson Lines also stops at this location. The Santa Fe station is just steps away from Fresno’s City Hall, the Meux Home Museum, and the Fresno Convention Center, making this station a convenient entry point to Fresno.

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