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Sacramento - Salt Lake City Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

On most days, there is one scheduled train that travels from Sacramento to Salt Lake City. The train trip from Sacramento to Salt Lake City is usually about 18 hours and 9 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak California Zephyr train can get you there in as little as 15 hours and 32 minutes.

Distance532 mi (856 km)
Fastest train15h 32m
Lowest price$59.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak California Zephyr
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Sacramento to Salt Lake City

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Fausipa

May 29, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pretty nice 👍 I enjoyed sight seeing I love when the crew reminded me, this is SLC so I don’t miss my destination, It was my 1st time and I love it. 👍✅

5.0

Alexander

August 31, 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak California Zephyr

I liked the helpfulness from the staff.

What is the price of a train ticket from Sacramento to Salt Lake City?

The average price for a train ticket from Sacramento to Salt Lake City is $59.00, By booking your trip at least 20 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 $142.67 more.

Monthly avg. prices

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Mark your calendar for November if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Sacramento to Salt Lake City. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $90. If you're planning a trip from Sacramento to Salt Lake City during February, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $161 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you're looking to save on your train trip from Sacramento to Salt Lake City, book online with Wanderu at least 20 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $142.67 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Salt Lake City?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak11d 20h 15m$265.00
Amtrak California Zephyr115h 33m$95.67
  • 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 Salt Lake City every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $255.

  • 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 Salt Lake City. 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 Salt Lake City is approximately 532 miles, or 856 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 18 hours and 9 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 15 hours and 32 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 from Sacramento to Salt Lake City are the most crowded on Saturday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Sacramento at 5:00am and arrives in Salt Lake City around 15 hours later.

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

Salt Lake City

A city shrouded in a mystical veil to most visitors, Salt Lake City stands among one of the most culturally unique destinations in the U.S. Salt Lake City offers tourists a unique chance to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and Temple Square is the best place to do so. Housing the Salt Lake Temple along with other significant historic buildings, the square will take you back to the earliest days of the city, immersing you in a unique cultural experience. While here, don’t miss out on the chance to visit the Great Salt Lake itself and to dive into its cool and refreshing water.

Salt Lake City features a diverse food scene, with Mexican food receiving a lot of attention. Those who wish to enjoy the best Mexican dishes in town could try Red Iguana. For travelers who are simply looking for the best burgers, Crown Burgers’ char-broiled patties will certainly be a great choice.

The Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub is the central transportation hub in the city. It is currently served by several rail services such as Amtrak, TRAX, and FrontRunner. Travelers can also catch Greyhound buses at the station. The Salt Lake City International Airport is the main airport for the city. Located about 4 miles west of Downtown, the airport is a major gateway to the Mountain West and the West Coast region.

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 Salt Lake City?

340 S 600 W  - SLCAMT-0

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340 S 600 W  - SLCAMT-1

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Main arrival station: 340 S 600 W

The Amtrak Station is a part of Salt Lake Central Station, the principal transportation hub in Salt Lake City. The station is within walking distance from the Bus Terminal, allowing you to easily transfer to bus service on Amtrak Thruway or Jefferson Lines. Along with UTA commuter rail, the station serves Amtrak’s California Zephyr on its journey from Emeryville to Chicago. A park-and-ride lot is available across the street, and travelers can rent bikes from the on-site bicycle sharing service, Greenbike. However you get around town, you’ll appreciate the convenience of the Amtrak station, located less than a mile from the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

All train stations in Salt Lake City:

  • 340 S 600 W

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