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Santa Clara - Monterey Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

On most days, there is one scheduled train that travels from Santa Clara to Monterey. The train trip from Santa Clara to Monterey is usually about 5 hours and 31 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak train can get you there in as little as 5 hours and 18 minutes.

Distance52 mi (84 km)
Fastest train5h 18m
Lowest price$56.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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Which train should you take from Santa Clara to Monterey?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Santa Clara 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
Amtrak15h 31m$60.24
  • 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 Santa Clara to Monterey every day, as well as 8 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $56.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the train is the main method of transportation from Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara and Monterey is approximately 52 miles, or 84 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 31 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 18 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.

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

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Santa Clara at 1:00pm 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 Santa Clara.

City Information

Santa Clara

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Santa Clara is a city in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to Santa Clara University, the San Francisco 49ers, and many of Silicon Valley's prominent tech companies. The Intel Museum, at Intel's headquarters, is the perfect place to celebrate technological advances and see exhibits like a giant replica of an Intel computing chip. The Intel Museum is free to visit, as is the Triton Museum of Art, home to contemporary artworks from Bay Area artists.

If you'd rather escape the fast-paced world of tech, the Santa Clara Valley is also home to over 30 wineries that encourage visitors to take it slow and relax a while. Drink in the view as you sip the wines at Kirigin Cellars, one of the oldest wineries in California.

Santa Clara is a fabulous city for a family vacation, too, just maybe without the winery visits. Instead, treat the kids to thrills at California's Great Adventure amusement park and South Bay Shores water park.

Santa Clara is one of the stops on the Capitol Corridor train that runs from San Jose to Sacramento. Amtrak Thruway provides a few bus trips out of Santa Clara, but there are even more options departing from its neighbors, San Jose and San Francisco. The closest major airport to Santa Clara is the San Jose Airport, but it also convenient to fly into San Francisco or Oakland.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Santa Clara?

Main departure station: 5099 Stars and Stripes Dr

There are two stations in Santa Clara where you can board the train to Monterey.

All train stations in Santa Clara:

  • 5099 Stars and Stripes Dr

  • Caltrain ACE station - 1001 Railroad Ave

Where is the train station in Monterey?

Main arrival station: Marriott

There are more train stations and stops in Monterey than most cities. Most trains from Santa Clara will stop at one (or more) of the 4 following stations in Monterey:

All train stations in Monterey:

  • Marriott

  • 500 Tyler St

  • 351 Fremont St

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

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