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Princeton - Los Angeles Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Princeton to Los Angeles. Traveling by train from Princeton to Los Angeles usually takes around 51 hours and 16 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Southwest Chief train can make the trip in 41 hours and 26 minutes.

Distance1643 mi (2645 km)
Fastest train41h 26m
Lowest price$146.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Which train should you take from Princeton to Los Angeles?

2 train services operate from Princeton, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 4 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak42d 5h 25m$214.92
Amtrak Southwest Chief11d 17h 36m$191.46
  • 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 Princeton to Los Angeles every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $158.

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  • Amtrak Southwest Chief

    Amtrak Southwest Chief

    Amtrak Southwest Chief train tickets from Princeton to Los Angeles start from $146, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Southwest Chief schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak Southwest Chief in Princeton leaves from 107 Bicentennial Dr . And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station .

    From Princeton to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak Southwest Chief takes 41 hours and 36 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak Southwest Chief offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 41 hours and 26 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Southwest Chief scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Princeton.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Princeton to Los Angeles 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 Princeton to Los Angeles?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Princeton to Los Angeles. 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 Princeton to Los Angeles?

The distance between Princeton and Los Angeles is approximately 1643 miles, or 2645 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 51 hours and 16 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 41 hours and 26 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 Princeton to Los Angeles 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 Saturday 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 Princeton at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00pm. 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 Princeton to Los Angeles?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Princeton to Los Angeles. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Los Angeles to Princeton.

City Information

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Princeton?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Princeton.

All train stations in Princeton:

  • 107 Bicentennial Dr

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles, CA - Union Station - LAXUST-0

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Arrival stations

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

All train stations in Los Angeles:

  • Union Station

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

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