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Trip Summary

There are 12 daily trains from San Jose to Sacramento. Traveling by train from San Jose to Sacramento usually takes around 3 hours and 48 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Corridor train can make the trip in 2 hours and 57 minutes.

Distance89 mi (142 km)
Fastest train2h 57m
Lowest price$23.00
Trains per day8
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Capitol Corridor
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from San Jose, CA to Sacramento, CA

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

SANDRA

November 13, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: That I wasn’t stuck in traffic and was able to enjoy my ride. Cons: N/A. Tips: N/A.

Pros: That I wasn’t stuck in traffic and was able to enjoy my ride. Cons: N/A. Tips: N/A.

5.0

Georgiana

August 24, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: It was so nice not to have to drive, to just relax and enjoy the interesting and pretty scenery. And, to be able to enjoy wine while we traveled! Cons: The staff were not super friendly; however, we really didn’t need to interact much. The food offerings in t...

Pros: It was so nice not to have to drive, to just relax and enjoy the interesting and pretty scenery. And, to be able to enjoy wine while we traveled! Cons: The staff were not super friendly; however, we really didn’t need to interact much. The food offerings in the cafe could be improved. There were really just snack food items, candy, chips, etc. we traveled at lunch time, so it would have been nice to have more of a meal. Even a sandwich would have been good! Didn’t feel real secure about leaving luggage in an open space… Tips: The place where you board the train is Sacramento is a pretty good walk from the building where you check in.

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5.0

Ealaisa

August 31, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: T’was beautiful and smooth and magical😊. Cons: Preferably no overflowing toilets but I understand. Tips: Don’t be a fool and enjoy the trip.

Pros: T’was beautiful and smooth and magical😊. Cons: Preferably no overflowing toilets but I understand. Tips: Don’t be a fool and enjoy the trip.

5.0

Nora

June 28, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Capitol Corridor

Pros: Nice scenery. Cons: Seat should be adjustable to each direction like the trains in Australia. Tips: The scenery is pretty.

Pros: Nice scenery. Cons: Seat should be adjustable to each direction like the trains in Australia. Tips: The scenery is pretty.

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

In the last month, $36.73 was the average price of a train ticket from San Jose, CA to Sacramento, CA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 15 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $6.29 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from San Jose to Sacramento will vary between $35 and $41. Planning a train trip to Sacramento within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from San Jose over the next 7 days is $37. 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

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Traveling from San Jose to Sacramento by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $39 whenever you decide to board the train to Sacramento.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from San Jose to Sacramento remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from San Jose to Sacramento?

There are 3 train lines with service from San Jose, California to Sacramento, California. Amtrak Capitol Corridor is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 7 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak44h 57m$40.68
Amtrak Capitol Corridor73h 7m$40.00
Amtrak Coast Starlight13h 45m$36.01
  • 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 4 Amtrak trains from San Jose to Sacramento every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $23.

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  • Amtrak Capitol Corridor

    Amtrak Capitol Corridor

    Amtrak Capitol Corridor train tickets from San Jose to Sacramento start from $40, and on average cost . Daily there are 7 Amtrak Capitol Corridor schedules to Sacramento. Amtrak Capitol Corridor in San Jose leaves from Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St . And in Sacramento trains arrive at Valley Station - 401 I St .

    From San Jose to Sacramento train travel on Amtrak Capitol Corridor takes 3 hours and 7 minutes. If you are looking to get to Sacramento faster, Amtrak Capitol Corridor offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 57 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Capitol Corridor offers 7 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Sacramento.

  • Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight train tickets from San Jose to Sacramento start from $28, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Coast Starlight schedules to Sacramento. Amtrak Coast Starlight in San Jose leaves from Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St . And in Sacramento trains arrive at Valley Station - 401 I St .

    From San Jose to Sacramento train travel on Amtrak Coast Starlight takes 3 hours and 45 minutes. If you are looking to get to Sacramento faster, Amtrak Coast Starlight offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 57 minutes.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Jose to Sacramento 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 San Jose to Sacramento?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from San Jose to Sacramento. 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 San Jose to Sacramento?

The distance between San Jose and Sacramento is approximately 89 miles, or 142 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 48 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 57 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from San Jose to Sacramento tend to have the most passangers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Monday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs San Jose at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from San Jose to Sacramento?

There are 12 scheduled trains on most days. 8 of these are direct connections to Sacramento. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Sacramento to San Jose. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Jose to Sacramento for $16.00.

City Information

San Jose

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San Jose, CA - SJC-1

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San Jose is located in the heart of the world-famous Silicon Valley in California’s Bay Area. It is the largest city in Northern California and, as such, it is the area’s cultural, political and financial center.

While you’re in San Jose, make sure to check out the city’s various museums. Since you’re in the world’s foremost technology hub, the Tech Museum of Innovation is a must-visit. And since you’re on the West Coast, you should stop by the San Jose Museum of Art that features the largest permanent collection of works from West Coast artists.

Thanks to its mild California climate, San Jose is one of the best cities in the U.S. for outdoor activities, and due to its largely younger-leaning population, it offers quite the vibrant nightlife. In fact, San Jose is among the biggest party hubs in America.

San Jose is served by various bus carriers and has several Amtrak stops within its vicinity. In addition, the city’s airport is located right near the downtown area, which makes travel to and from San Jose a breeze.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in San Jose?

Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St - SJCDCS-0

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Departure stations

Diridon Station opened in 1935 with architecture inspired by the Italian Renaissance, and today is a vital part of Silicon Valley’s transportation system. Diridon Station connects Amtrak train service to local commuter service like the Caltrain and VTA Light Rail. The station is also a major hub for bus transit on Amtrak Thruway and Greyhound buses. With paid parking onsite, bicycle racks, and accessible entrances, travelers can easily reach the station from nearby downtown San Jose. As a bonus, food trucks frequently set up outside the station to provide delicious cheap eats for passengers.

All train stations in San Jose:

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

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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Arrival stations

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

  • 1389 10th Street 10th and N Streets

Need a return trip from Sacramento to San Jose?

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