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Sacramento - Modesto Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Sacramento to Modesto. Traveling by train from Sacramento to Modesto usually takes around one hour and 49 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak San Joaquins train can make the trip in one hour and 28 minutes.

Distance71 mi (113 km)
Fastest train1h 28m
Lowest price$13.25
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Sacramento to Modesto

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Irene

February 14, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak

Pros: Value for money, on time, clean and safe. Cons: NA.

Pros: Value for money, on time, clean and safe. Cons: NA.

5.0

Debra

January 29, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak

To relax and enjoy the ride and knowing that I will get to my destination timely.

To relax and enjoy the ride and knowing that I will get to my destination timely.

5.0

Isabel

August 31, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: The bar. Cons: Lower prices on the drinks. Tips: No.

Pros: The bar. Cons: Lower prices on the drinks. Tips: No.

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

In the last month, $14.33 was the average price of a train ticket from Sacramento to Modesto. 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 20 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $3.50 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Sacramento to Modesto will vary between $14 and $22. Planning a train trip to Modesto within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Sacramento over the next 7 days is $14. 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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Traveling from Sacramento to Modesto by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $17 whenever you decide to board the train to Modesto.

Prices as travel date approaches

$25$20$15$10$53020100

Since the average price of train trips from Sacramento to Modesto remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Modesto?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak22h 34m$18.03
Amtrak San Joaquins11h 28m$14.25
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Sacramento to Modesto every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $15.

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  • Amtrak San Joaquins

    Amtrak San Joaquins

    After becoming a permanent Amtrak rail route in 1974, the San Joaquins has offered train services throughout California and the San Joaquin Valley. The line runs daily from the San Francisco Bay Area to Bakersfield, with many stops in between, including Martinez and Modesto. Although Amtrak San Joaquins is one of the nation's busiest routes, it is renowned for being impeccably clean and safe, with passenger comfort remaining the carrier's highest priority. Most of the trains on this line are equipped with lavatories, onboard WiFi, disabled access, and personal power outlets, ensuring a comfortable journey for every passenger.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Sacramento to Modesto 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Modesto?

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

The distance between Sacramento and Modesto is approximately 71 miles, or 113 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 49 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 28 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

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

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Sacramento at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00am. 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 Modesto?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Sacramento to Modesto. 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 Modesto to Sacramento.

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 Sacramento?

Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-0

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Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-1

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Main departure 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

  • Amtrak Station - 840 Second St

  • 201 Pacific St

Where is the train station in Modesto?

Main arrival station: 1700 Held Dr

Modesto has one train station.

All train stations in Modesto:

  • 1700 Held Dr

Need a return trip from Modesto to Sacramento?

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