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Sacramento - Truckee Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

On most days, there is one scheduled train that travels from Sacramento to Truckee. The train trip from Sacramento to Truckee is usually about 5 hours long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak California Zephyr train can get you there in as little as 3 hours and 38 minutes.

Distance87 mi (141 km)
Fastest train3h 38m
Lowest price$54.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak California Zephyr
Train lines2

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

The average price for a train ticket from Sacramento to Truckee is $54.00, By booking your trip at least 10 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay $27.86 more.

Monthly avg. prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during October. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Sacramento to Truckee, with the average price at just $35. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in February, when the average price goes up to $99. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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By booking your train trip from Sacramento to Truckee on Wanderu at least 10 days ahead of time, you can save about $27.86 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Truckee?

2 train services operate from Sacramento to Truckee. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak11d 8h 21m$285.00
Amtrak California Zephyr13h 39m$71.90
  • 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 Truckee every day, as well as 0 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $285.

  • Amtrak California Zephyr is one of the longest train routes in the United States, spanning from Chicago to Emeryville. With views of the Colorado and Mississippi rivers, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the Rockies, it highlights some of the most stunning views the US has.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Sacramento to Truckee. 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 Truckee is approximately 87 miles, or 141 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 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 departing from Sacramento to Truckee tend to have the most passengers on Friday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Friday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Wednesday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Sacramento at 5:00am and arrives in Truckee around 3 hours later.

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Truckee with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Truckee 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

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

  • Pacific Central Station

Where is the train station in Truckee?

Main arrival station: 10065 Donner Pass Rd

Truckee has one train station.

All train stations in Truckee:

  • 10065 Donner Pass Rd

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