COVID-19 Travel Guide
Learn more ›

Trains from Sacramento to Oakland

Lowest Prices

We partner with the top bus & train carriers to bring you the best deals.

No Wanderu Fees

Without any extra fees, we make it easy to book your tickets.

Best Travel Options

We help you find & compare the best buses & trains in one place.

Sacramento - Oakland Train Schedule

Find cheap rental carsFind great deals on cheap cars in the area.
RentalCars logotypeRentalCars logotype
from$30.00

Trip Summary

There are 23 daily trains from Sacramento to Oakland. Traveling by train from Sacramento to Oakland usually takes around 5 hours, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Corridor train can make the trip in one hour and 47 minutes.

Distance68 mi (110 km)
Fastest train1h 47m
Lowest price$25.00
Trains per day18
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Sacramento to Oakland

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Elenita

May 20, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: Easy going, nice scenery. Not crowded so wasn’t worried about COVID. Cons: Mandatory mask wearing would have been nice, I wore mine. Tips: No tips, just enjoy the ride!

Pros: Easy going, nice scenery. Not crowded so wasn’t worried about COVID. Cons: Mandatory mask wearing would have been nice, I wore mine. Tips: No tips, just enjoy the ride!

5.0

Adrien

May 7, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. It was my first time riding Amtrak & didn’t expect such excellent service.

Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. It was my first time riding Amtrak & didn’t expect such excellent service.

5.0

Anna luisa

December 31, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: Everything great! Cons: Maybe the employee could be more nice and friendly. Tips: Be on time.

Pros: Everything great! Cons: Maybe the employee could be more nice and friendly. Tips: Be on time.

5.0

ANDRE

November 27, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: Everything. Cons: the person checking for ticket should be a little nicer and more welcoming. Tips: Please write reviews it helps with everyone's experience.

Pros: Everything. Cons: the person checking for ticket should be a little nicer and more welcoming. Tips: Please write reviews it helps with everyone's experience.

5.0

Donna

November 21, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Great experience

Great experience

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

In the last month, $42.89 was the average price of a train ticket from Sacramento to Oakland. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 9 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $1.55 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25JulJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Sacramento to Oakland will vary between $35 and $61. Planning a train trip to Oakland within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Sacramento over the next 7 days is $37. 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

$50$40$30$20$10ASONDJFMAMJJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Sacramento to Oakland 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 $29 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Sacramento to Oakland in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $44 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

$50$40$30$20$103020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 9 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Oakland from Sacramento will be about $1.55 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Oakland?

There are 3 train lines with service from Sacramento to Oakland. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 11 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak117h 9m$57.09
Amtrak Capitol Corridor101h 56m$29.00
Amtrak Coast Starlight12h 6m$32.51
  • 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 11 Amtrak trains from Sacramento to Oakland every day, as well as 25 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $32.

  • Amtrak Capitol Corridor

    Amtrak Capitol Corridor

    Since 1991, Capitol Corridor has connected Auburn to San Jose, with stops in Sacramento, Oakland, Berkeley, and 15 other cities in Northern California. The route's convenient transport to various cities includes breathtaking scenery guaranteed to help pass the time. Each train offers onboard WiFi and a cafe car for the comfort of passengers, as well as ample bicycle and luggage storage. Most Capitol Corridor trips make the journey from Sacramento to Oakland in about 1 hours and 56 minutes.

  • Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight

    The Coast Starlight is an Amtrak train that travels the entire length of the West Coast, connecting Los Angeles to Seattle. The route starts hugging the California coastline, treating passengers to swoon-worthy views of the Pacific, before continuing into the verdant forests of the Cascade Mountains. The Coast Starlight indisputably earns its spot among the most scenic Amtrak train routes. Seating options include Coach or Business Class and roomettes or bedrooms for extra space. A trip from Sacramento to Oakland takes 2 hours and 6 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at $25.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Sacramento and Oakland is approximately 68 miles, or 110 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 47 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 Oakland on Sunday. Tickets for Sunday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Friday. Friday 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 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 Oakland?

There are 23 scheduled trains on most days. 18 of these are direct connections to Oakland. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Oakland 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.

Oakland

Oakland, CA - OAK-0

Image credit: Unsplash

Oakland, CA - OAK-1

Image credit: Unsplash

Oakland, CA - OAK-2

Image credit: Unsplash

Oakland, CA is a port city that is beginning to step out of the shadow of San Francisco, its neighbor to the west. Every visitor should start their Oakland trip in the downtown area and Old Oakland, the city's historic quarter full of quaint old buildings. While here, don't forget to take a short detour to Oakland's famous Chinatown as well. The African American Museum and Library at Oakland tells the history of Black communities in the area and is definitely worth a stop. For those who would prefer to stay close to nature, Dr. Aurelia Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park's abundance of redwood groves will offer amazing views.

Oakland's food scene is vibrant and diverse, with a wide range of offerings for all budgets. Enssaro is a popular local name with mid-range dishes that will whet your appetite. For an excellent haute-cuisine dinner, head towards The Wolf.

It's easy to get around the Bay Area on local public transit (called the BART, for Bay Area Rapid Transit). Getting to Oakland from further afield is also a breeze thanks to many intercity bus routes in the area and Amtrak's Capitol Corridor train, which stops in Oakland. Flights arrive at the Oakland International Airport, but several additional airport options in the larger Bay Area are also available.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Sacramento?

Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-1

Image credit: Lev Lazinskiy

Link to image attribution
Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-0

Image credit: rosemarie_mckeon

Link to image attribution

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

  • 201 Pacific St

  • 450 Orange St

  • 1530 Yuba St

  • 280 N Center St

  • Rocklin Rd and Railroad Ave

  • 10065 Donner Pass Rd

  • 277 Nevada St at Fulweiler St

  • Yuba-Sutter Transit - I St btwn 8th St and 9th St

  • Nugget Hotel and Casino - 1100 Nugget Ave

  • South Y Transit Ctr - 1000 Emerald Bay Rd

  • Transp Ctr

  • 99 Railroad St

  • Park and Ride

  • Placerville Station Transit Ctr

Where is the train station in Oakland?

245 Second St  - OAKAMT-0

Image credit: David Wilson

Link to image attribution
246 Second St  - OAKAMT-1

Image credit: David Wilson

Link to image attribution

Main arrival station: 245 Second St

The Jack London Station in Oakland opened in 1995, replacing 16th Street Station, which was extensively damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. The station was named after the famous writer Jack London, as he spent much of his life in the area. It is a contemporary glass and stone structure located on the easternmost corner of Jack London Square. The square, which fronts a natural estuary leading to San Francisco Bay, was formerly the hub of Oakland's port activities, connecting the maritime and agricultural sectors. It is still an active and bustling waterfront today. Amtrak's Capitol Corridor, Coast Starlight, and San Joaquins trains serve the station. It is the 10th busiest of Amtrak's 74 California stops, boarding or de-boarding an average of 1,142 people per day.

All train stations in Oakland:

  • 245 Second St

  • Across San Leandro Blvd from BART station - 700 73rd Ave

Need a return trip from Oakland to Sacramento?

Search Train Tickets

Plan your next adventure

Wanderu is the simplest way to book bus and train travel.

With just a quick search on Wanderu, you can compare bus and train schedules and prices from hundreds of travel companies in one convenient place to find the trip that works best for you. Wanderu’s simple checkout process makes it easy to book cheap bus and train tickets hassle-free and with no additional fees. Most importantly, as Wanderu is an official partner of all leading bus and train companies, we always have the best bus and train deals out there.

Book buses and trains on the go with the Wanderu app.

Download our app and snag the best travel deals across North America & Europe.Learn more

iPhone
Android
Available on iOS & Android