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Sacramento - Reno Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There is usually just one train option from Sacramento to Reno per day. The average train journey from Sacramento to Reno takes 5 hours and 41 minutes, but some Amtrak California Zephyr train trips are as short as 5 hours and 4 minutes.

Distance111 mi (179 km)
Fastest train5h 4m
Lowest price$36.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak California Zephyr
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Sacramento to Reno

(Based on 16 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Jakeith

October 2, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: comfortable seating. Cons: The restrooms need to be cleaner. Tips: Bring your own food and drinks.

5.0

Larry

September 11, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak California Zephyr

The relaxation peacefulness of trip

5.0

Janet

May 27, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak California Zephyr

The scenery going over the Sierras is beautiful. The views of the snow at the summit, Donner Lake, and the Truckee River are all lovely.

4.0

Michelle

May 1, 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Travelling through the beautiful Sierra Mountains. Cons: Do not assign seats. Tips: Arrive early at the Sacramento station to find your boarding track. I walked outside early and got the last seat on the shuttle. It would have been a long walk with no restroom out there.

5.0

Maggie

February 18, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak California Zephyr

The service was excellent! The staff was very professional, helpful, and very nice.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Sacramento and Reno cost $52.00, on average. Booking your trip at least 28 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $180.25 more.

Average prices by travel date

$165$110$55MayJun

For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Sacramento to Reno will range from $48 to $157. If you're planning to travel by train to Reno in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Sacramento you can find in the next 7 days is $55. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly avg. prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Sacramento to Reno often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in October when the average ticket price is only $58. If you're thinking of traveling from Sacramento to Reno during February, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $94 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in February, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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By booking your train trip from Sacramento to Reno on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time, you can save about $180.25 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Reno?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak11d 9h 47m$295.00
Amtrak California Zephyr15h 4m$72.17
  • 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 Reno every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $223.

  • 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 Reno. 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 Reno is approximately 111 miles, or 179 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 41 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 4 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 Reno tend to have the most passengers on Sunday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Sunday. 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 Saturday 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 Reno around 5 hours later.

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Reno 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 Reno 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.

Reno

Dazzling with neon lights and bustling through the night, Reno is a great destination for those seeking top-class entertainment. Though considerably outshined by Las Vegas, Reno still brings unique attractions to the table. Among the most notable destinations for non-gamblers is an independent art scene down at Riverwalk, where indie galleries as well as restaurants abound. Fans of the great outdoors should not miss out on nearby Lake Tahoe, which stands among the most beautiful vacation destinations in the country.

At its core, Reno is still a city for gamblers, and it certainly does not disappoint. Slot machines, table games and cabaret shows are available at the local casinos, ready to tempt risk-takers who wish to court Lady Luck.

Right in the heart of downtown Reno, you will find the Reno Amtrak station from where you can take a train to Northern California and beyond. The local Reno-Tahoe International Airport is located outside of the city and it provides quick access to international flight routes. The main bus stop that serves Reno is also located at the airport.

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 Reno?

280 N Center St  - RNOAMT-0

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280 N Center St  - RNOAMT-1

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280 N Center St  - RNOAMT-2

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Main arrival station: Reno Amtrak Train Station

The Amtrak Station in Reno is one of the main travel hubs in the city and opened in 1868. Located on North Center St, the station is surrounded by the casinos, restaurants, and hotels which put Reno on the map. Due to its downtown location, the station waiting area and the train tracks are actually placed below ground level. The California Zephyr train line passes through this station on its route from Chicago to Emeryville as well as Amtrak Thruway buses which connect to Sacramento.

All train stations in Reno:

  • Reno Amtrak Train Station

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