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Schedule & Pricing Info

How much are train tickets from San Francisco to Boston?

Lowest Price$197.00
Fastest Train80h 52m
Trains Per Day5
Train Lines1
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Price trends for trains from San Francisco to Boston

Average prices by travel date

$345$230$115JunJul

Monthly average prices

$350$280$210$140$70SONDJFMAMJJA

Prices as travel date approaches

$375$300$225$150$753020100

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Francisco to Boston right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Can you take a train all the way from San Francisco to Boston?

While the train is the main method of transportation from San Francisco to Boston, 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.

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

In the last month, $197.00 was the average price of a train ticket from San Francisco, CA to Boston, MA. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price if you book online in advance of your travel date.

How long is the train journey from San Francisco to Boston?

The distance between San Francisco and Boston is approximately 2693 miles, or 4334 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 81 hours and 35 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 80 hours and 52 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?

Trains from San Francisco to Boston are the most crowded on Friday. 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 Tuesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs San Francisco at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many trains per day run from San Francisco to Boston?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Boston to San Francisco. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Francisco to Boston for $193.00.

What train services are there from San Francisco to Boston?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects San Francisco to Boston. However, there are 5 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak53d 9h 36m$247.37

Where is the train station in San Francisco?

There is one train station in San Francisco:

  • 425 Mission St

Where is the train station in Boston?

Boston receives travelers from San Francisco at its two active train stations:

  • South Station
  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

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