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San Francisco - Monterey Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

On most days, there is one scheduled train that travels from San Francisco to Monterey. The train trip from San Francisco to Monterey is usually about 6 hours and 2 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak train can get you there in as little as 5 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance86 mi (139 km)
Fastest train5h 50m
Lowest price$36.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from San Francisco to Monterey

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Elan

July 13, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak

The Amtrak staff was so good-humored and helpful. We felt that we were in great company.

What is the price of a train ticket from San Francisco to Monterey?

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from San Francisco to Monterey was $43.69. At this price, taking the train is the cheap and easy way to go. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Monterey if you book your train tickets at least 17 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $1.31.

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25MayJun

Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from San Francisco to Monterey will cost between $41 and $62. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly average prices

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Ticket prices for the train from San Francisco to Monterey often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in February when the average ticket price is only $45. If you're thinking of traveling from San Francisco to Monterey during September, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $65 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in September, is to book your trip well in advance.

Which train should you take from San Francisco to Monterey?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects San Francisco to Monterey. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak16h 2m$47.19
  • 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 San Francisco to Monterey every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $36.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the train is the main method of transportation from San Francisco to Monterey, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

The distance between San Francisco and Monterey is approximately 86 miles, or 139 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 2 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 50 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.

Saturday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from San Francisco to Monterey. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Saturday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Monday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

Most days, there is only one train which leaves San Francisco at 6:00am and arrives in Monterey around 5 hours later.

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Monterey to San Francisco.

City Information

San Francisco

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San Francisco, CA - SFO-1

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Located in the heart of Northern California's Bay Area, San Francisco is a geographically small but culturally huge city known for its historic cable cars, active waterfront, and the eclectic mix of hippies and techies who call it home. While it might be one of the most expensive U.S. cities to live in, San Fran can actually be very cheap to visit, and there is no shortage of unique sights to see.

If the city's omnipresent fog (nicknamed "Karl the Fog" by locals) takes a break, the best views and Instagram photo ops of the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge are found in Golden Gate Park. Stroll through the oldest Chinatown in North America to find the perfect dim sum, or if you and your boo prefer a little Full House moment, try a romantic picnic at Alamo Square Park in front of the Victorian "Painted Ladies." After all, San Francisco is one of the best vacation destinations for couples.

Since the city is condensed onto a small peninsula, exploring by bike is an efficient and scenic way to get around. When you’re ready to travel beyond city limits, San Francisco is a convenient hub for trips throughout Northern California. It's actually the first stop on Wanderu's West Coast Wine Tour, with the next stop, obviously, in Napa Valley. Whether traveling by bus, train, or through either of the two nearby airports, San Francisco is a can't-miss destination.

Station Information

Where is the train station in San Francisco?

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Main departure station: San Francisco, California

Behind a modern curved façade lies San Francisco’s commuter hub, the Salesforce Transit Center. This gateway to downtown San Francisco and the entire Bay Area welcomes tens of thousands of passengers every day. Finding your way around is easy thanks to more than 270 digital displays with transit information. The Salesforce Transit Center serves as a bus station for Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway buses, as well as several public transit options for convenient connections. A standout feature of the Salesforce Transit Center is a public five-acre rooftop park which gives travelers an open space to relax. Rotating food trucks, cafés, carts, and pop-up retail make this a dynamic and vibrant destination in itself.

All train stations in San Francisco:

  • San Francisco, California

Where is the train station in Monterey?

Main arrival station: 1 Old Golf Course Rd

There are more train stations and stops in Monterey than most cities. Most trains from San Francisco will stop at one (or more) of the 5 following stations in Monterey:

All train stations in Monterey:

  • 1 Old Golf Course Rd

  • 351 Fremont St

  • Marriott

  • 500 Tyler St

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

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