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Sacramento - Oakland Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 13 daily train trips between Sacramento and Oakland. The average train journey from Sacramento to Oakland takes 2 hours and 14 minutes, but some Amtrak Capitol Corridor train trips are as short as one hour and 47 minutes.

Distance68 mi (110 km)
Fastest train1h 47m
Lowest price$24.00
Trains per day19
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Capitol Corridor
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Sacramento to Oakland

(Based on 13 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Jaszie

November 22, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: It was great just felt tired from all the packing I had to do for myself and my son. Cons: No improvement. Tips: Just download and get best deals.

5.0

Asma

September 22, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: It was good. Tips: No.

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!

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.

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.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Sacramento and Oakland cost $29.00, on average. This is about as cheap as train fares get on this route. Booking your trip at least 11 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $52.58 more.

Average prices by travel date

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For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Sacramento to Oakland will range from $29 to $42. If you're planning to travel by train to Oakland in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Sacramento you can find in the next 7 days is $29. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Sacramento to Oakland stay pretty consistent throughout the year. You can expect to pay around $30 regardless of when you plan to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The average price of train tickets from Sacramento to Oakland is pretty stable year-round. However, we still suggest buying your train tickets at least 48 hours prior to departure to avoid unexpected price hikes and the possibility of the train being sold out.

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Oakland?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak113h 12m$116.88
Amtrak Capitol Corridor111h 56m$29.00
Amtrak Coast Starlight12h 6m$30.87
  • 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 Sacramento to Oakland every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $34.

  • 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.

  • The Amtrak Coast Starlight is a service provided by Amtrak that connects Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on the US Pacific coast. The full journey winds through the Cascade Mountains, perfectly clipped vineyards, and dense coastal forest, allowing passengers to get a glimpse of the US west coast while enjoying air-conditioned cars, power outlets, complimentary onboard WiFi, and snacks.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
The distance between Sacramento and Oakland is approximately 68 miles, or 110 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 14 minutes, 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.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Sacramento to Oakland on Monday. Tickets for Monday 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.

The earliest train departs Sacramento at 4:00am 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.

There are 13 scheduled trains on most days. 19 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

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Oakland, CA - OAK-1

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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-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

  • Pacific Central Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

Where is the train station in Oakland?

245 Second St  - OAKAMT-0

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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

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