Cheap train tickets from San Francisco to Salt Lake City

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How much are train tickets from San Francisco to Salt Lake City?

Lowest Price$84.00
Fastest18h 15m
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How much does a train ticket from San Francisco to Salt Lake City cost?

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average train fares from San Francisco to Salt Lake City were $102.06.

The best way to find cheap deals on train tickets from San Francisco to Salt Lake City is by booking earlier as most train companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. By booking 28 days out, tickets are on average $23.21 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

How long is the train ride from San Francisco to Salt Lake City?

The distance between San Francisco and Salt Lake City is approximately 599.64 miles, or 964.78 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 18 hours and 18 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 18 hours and 15 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.

What's the best day to take the train from San Francisco to Salt Lake City?

If you want to avoid a crowded train, Monday is the best day to travel as it is the least busy day for trains from San Francisco to Salt Lake City.

In contrast, the busiest train day of the week is usually Sunday. If you are planning to book travel for Sunday, make sure to book your train tickets well in advance as they may sell out and you may find trains more full than usual.

Which train should you take from San Francisco to Salt Lake City?

Typically there are 2 scheduled trains per day. One train company currently travels from San Francisco to Salt Lake City.

The best option will depend on the time of your trip, available prices and other factors, but Amtrak has the most regularly scheduled departures from San Francisco to Salt Lake City, with an average of 2 trips per day and 49 monthly trips.

Of the 2 trips there all of the schedules require a connection as there are no direct trips. A connection will generally require disembarking from the train and boarding another train to complete your trip.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from San Francisco to Salt Lake City, which start at $58.00.

One train company connects San Francisco to Salt Lake City

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from San Francisco to Salt Lake City start from $84.00, and on average cost $110.02. Daily there are 2 Amtrak schedules to Salt Lake City. Amtrak in San Francisco leaves from 425 Mission St and 3 other stations. And in Salt Lake City trains arrive at 340 S 600 W,

From San Francisco to Salt Lake City train travel on Amtrak takes 18 hours and 18 minutes. If you are looking to get to Salt Lake City faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 18 hours and 15 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $112.21 for a one-way train ticket to Salt Lake City.

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Avg. Time
18h 18m
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$110.02

Plan your next adventure

There are 4 different stations that serve train trips to Salt Lake City that you can compare to see what best fits your travel plans.. For this route, the busiest departing train stations in San Francisco are:
  • Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St
  • 425 Mission St
  • Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf
  • 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St
There is one train station where trains arrive in Salt Lake City from San Francisco. These are the busiest arriving stations in Salt Lake City:
  • 340 S 600 W