COVID-19 Travel Guide
Learn more ›

Trains from Sacramento to Reno

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 - Reno Train Schedule

Train Route Overview: Sacramento to Reno

There is one daily train from Sacramento to Reno. Traveling by train from Sacramento to Reno usually takes around 4 hours and 48 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 3 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance111 mi (179 km)
Fastest train3h 25m
Lowest price$38.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak California Zephyr
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Sacramento to Reno

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Linda

January 2, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Very comfortable ride , lots of leg room, scenery fantastic with big windows, very friendly & helpful staff. Cons: Can't think of anything as I was totally satisfied with my trip. Tips: Book more train travel plans and see the country.

Pros: Very comfortable ride , lots of leg room, scenery fantastic with big windows, very friendly & helpful staff. Cons: Can't think of anything as I was totally satisfied with my trip. Tips: Book more train travel plans and see the country.

4.0

Patricia

December 12, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Scenery. Cons: Bathrooms.

Pros: Scenery. Cons: Bathrooms.

5.0

Gloria

April 15, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Comfort Of Seating. Staff Was Friendly.Ride Was So Smooth I Was Here Before I Knew It.. Cons: Nothing It Probably Would've Been Crowded If Not For The Pandemic.. Better. FOOD Stocked. Tips: Bring Water Its Too Expensive. Yall Need To Tell People No Cash On Boa...

Pros: Comfort Of Seating. Staff Was Friendly.Ride Was So Smooth I Was Here Before I Knew It.. Cons: Nothing It Probably Would've Been Crowded If Not For The Pandemic.. Better. FOOD Stocked. Tips: Bring Water Its Too Expensive. Yall Need To Tell People No Cash On Board Shopping Cards Only. ThereWas Someone Who Only Had Cash...

More

5.0

Daniel

April 10, 2021- Couples trip

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Relaxing and scenic. Tips: Bring snacks.

Pros: Relaxing and scenic. Tips: Bring snacks.

5.0

Michael

January 24, 2020- Couples trip

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Sitting in the observation section was very nice and clean. We liked the Sierra views and the snow packed mountains. Tips: I would pack my own snacks and maybe drinks.

Pros: Sitting in the observation section was very nice and clean. We liked the Sierra views and the snow packed mountains. Tips: I would pack my own snacks and maybe drinks.

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

The average price for a train ticket to Reno is $38.00, Traveling by train on this route is one of the most affordable ways to hit the road from Sacramento. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on train tickets everytime, we search all of the best train options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25JanFeb

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Sacramento to Reno will vary between $38 and $65. Planning a train trip to Reno within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Sacramento over the next 7 days is $39. 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

$75$60$45$30$15FMAMJJASONDJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Sacramento to Reno by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $39 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Sacramento to Reno in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $51 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

$75$60$45$30$153020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 15 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Reno from Sacramento will be about $30.17 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

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
Amtrak26h 34m$69.00
Amtrak California Zephyr14h 47m$50.91
  • 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 Reno every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $38.

    AMT-0AMT-1AMT-2AMT-3AMT-4AMT-5AMT-6AMT-7AMT-8AMT-9
  • Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak California Zephyr

    Amtrak California Zephyr train tickets from Sacramento to Reno start from $38, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak California Zephyr schedules to Reno. Amtrak California Zephyr in Sacramento leaves from Valley Station - 401 I St . And in Reno trains arrive at 280 N Center St .

    From Sacramento to Reno train travel on Amtrak California Zephyr takes 4 hours and 47 minutes. If you are looking to get to Reno faster, Amtrak California Zephyr offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 25 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Reno on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak California Zephyr scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Sacramento.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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 Reno?

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.

How long is the train journey from Sacramento to Reno?

The distance between Sacramento and Reno is approximately 111 miles, or 179 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 48 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 25 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for train travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Saturday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Saturday ticket is the way to go.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Sacramento at 8:00am and arrives in Reno around 3 hours later.

How many train schedules are there most days?

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

Image credit: rosemarie_mckeon

Link to image attribution
Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-1

Image credit: Lev Lazinskiy

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

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

  • 735 S San Joaquin St

  • Palmer/Kranz St and Depot St

  • 201 Pacific St

  • Rocklin Rd and Railroad Ave

Where is the train station in Reno?

280 N Center St  - RNOAMT-0

Image credit: Mark Hogan

Link to image attribution
280 N Center St  - RNOAMT-1

Image credit: Mark Hogan

Link to image attribution
280 N Center St  - RNOAMT-2

Image credit: Adam Moss

Link to image attribution

Main arrival station: 280 N Center St

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:

  • 280 N Center St

Need a return trip from Reno to Sacramento?

Search Train Tickets

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