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Denver - Grand Junction Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

On most days, there is one scheduled train that travels from Denver to Grand Junction. The train trip from Denver to Grand Junction is usually about 7 hours and 44 minutes long. However, be prepared just in case your train arrives slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance196 mi (315 km)
Fastest train7h 44m
Lowest price$91.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak California Zephyr
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Denver to Grand Junction

(Based on 21 ratings and reviews)




March 20, 2024- Visiting family

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: The freedom to see the surroundings. Cons: Canopies over train car entrances during inclement weather. Tips: Bring food if on budget.



December 31, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: The staff was amazing and very helpful. They let us know if there was anything that might stop us for a little bit. Cons: There should be some handle bars to help those who have a hard time getting up from the seats or getting to the bathroom or their seats. Tips: Don't be afraid to talk to others around you, because you never know if you might make a new friend.



December 20, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: The view with snow was wonderful. The conductor announced points of interest all along the way. Relaxing train ride. Lots of information about train safety. Cons: The only issue I had was getting on the train. Jessica didn't offer me the step I could use so I had to take a large step to step into the train. The step was right behind her. Tips: Train travel is safe and the views are beautiful. Enjoy the ride!



July 14, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: The scenery, historical background of the areas we were going through from the conductor. Cons: Letting know just how late the train is. Tips: For you smoker's, when they say no smoking on the train, they mean it. They will throw you off the train at the next stop, wherever that stop may be. They won't tell that until they throw somebody off the train. In fact they don't tell you any of the rules before you board.



November 27, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak California Zephyr

Pros: Most of the Bathrooms were not in working order and the ones that were did not hold a clean appreance. Cons: Repairs to bathrooms. Tips: I would use the trains again as a preferred way of travel.

What is the price of a train ticket from Denver to Grand Junction?

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Denver to Grand Junction was $133.62. Any ticket cheaper than $133.62 is a hot deal that you should definitely jump on. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Grand Junction if you book your train tickets at least 28 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $111.83.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Denver to Grand Junction will cost between $95 and $563. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly avg. prices

You can find the lowest prices on this route during April. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Denver to Grand Junction, with the average price at just $78. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in December, when the average price goes up to $192. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


If you're looking to save on your train trip from Denver to Grand Junction, book online with Wanderu at least 28 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $111.83 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Denver to Grand Junction?

Amtrak California Zephyr is the one and only train line which connects Denver to Grand Junction. 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
Amtrak California Zephyr17h 44m$211.10
  • Amtrak California Zephyr is one of the longest train routes in the United States, spanning from Chicago to Emeryville. With views of the Colorado and Mississippi rivers, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the Rockies, it highlights some of the most stunning views the US has.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Denver and Grand Junction is approximately 196 miles, or 315 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 44 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.

Trains from Denver to Grand Junction are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Denver at 8:00am and arrives in Grand Junction around 7 hours later.

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Grand Junction with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Grand Junction to Denver.

City Information


Denver, CO - DEN-0

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Denver, CO - DEN-1

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Denver is the capital of Colorado, as well as the most populous city in the state. With buildings dating back to the 19th century, Denver is considered one of the most exemplary cities of the Old West era in the United States.

Denver’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains makes it a preferred destination for young travelers seeking the thrill of the slopes during the day and the vibrant nightlife activities only an urban setting can provide. In fact, Denver is among the biggest party cities in the U.S. and one of the craft beer capitals in the country. In addition, thanks to the diverse local crowd, Denver’s restaurant scene offers top-notch options from various world cuisines.

If you’re looking for a more quiet time during your stay, head to one of the many unique museums in town such as the Denver Art Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Arts, or the Molly Brown House Museum. Craving a feast to the eyes and some fresh air? Check out the spectacular Denver Botanic Gardens.

As the biggest city in the Mountain states and a top Colorado destination, Denver is a busy travel hub. Even though the Denver airport is on the city’s outskirts, it is still easily accessible. If you are traveling to Denver by bus or train, you’ll be conveniently dropped off at Union Station in the heart of downtown Denver from where you can easily get anywhere in the city.

Grand Junction

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Grand Junction is a popular wine destination about four hours west of Denver and close to Colorado's border with Utah. The area is home to over 30 wineries with award-winning red wines and breathtaking views. While any vineyard or winery is worth the tour, consider booking a room to stay a while in the Chateau at Two Rivers Winery.

The Colorado River and the red rock formations around Grand Junction make the area ideal for exploring the outdoors. Take in the incredible plateau and canyon vistas at the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction, easily one of the best destinations in Colorado. Spot wild horses on the trail to the Mount Garfield summit, or spend a serene day fishing at James M. Robb State Park.

Grand Junction Airport has direct flights to a handful of western cities, but taking the train is more convenient for connections to further destinations. The Amtrak California Zephyr stops in Grand Junction on its route from Chicago to Emeryville, with additional stops in Denver and Salt Lake City. Jefferson Lines buses also stop in the city, heading to destinations across the midwest.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Denver?

Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street - DENAMT-0

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Main departure station: Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street

Denver’s Union Station first opened in 1881, and houses some of the city’s best shops, bars, and restaurants, making it a popular destination for locals and travelers alike. There is even a seasonal farmers market at the station! But first and foremost, Union Station is the primary transport hub for Denver. The station is served by Amtrak trains, and intercity buses operated by Greyhound, Burlington Trailways, Jefferson Lines and Express Arrow. From Union Station, travelers can also easily access Denver International Airport on the A Line commuter rail.

All train stations in Denver:

  • Union Station - 1701 Wynkoop Street

Where is the train station in Grand Junction?

Main arrival station: 339 S 1st St

Grand Junction has one train station.

All train stations in Grand Junction:

  • 339 S 1st St

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