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San Antonio - Los Angeles Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 2 daily train trips available from San Antonio to Los Angeles. Traveling by train from San Antonio to Los Angeles usually takes 50 hours and 54 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Sunset Limited train can make the trip in 28 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance1202 mi (1934 km)
Fastest train28h 50m
Lowest price$141.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

What is the price of a train ticket from San Antonio to Los Angeles?

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from San Antonio to Los Angeles was $235.50. Train tickets on this route are typically priced higher due to the distance covered. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Los Angeles if you book your train tickets at least 25 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $285.00.

Monthly avg. prices

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Mark your calendar for February if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from San Antonio to Los Angeles. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $236. If you're planning a trip from San Antonio to Los Angeles during June, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $287 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

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By booking your train trip from San Antonio to Los Angeles on Wanderu at least 25 days ahead of time, you can save about $285.00 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from San Antonio to Los Angeles?

There are 3 train lines with service from San Antonio to Los Angeles. Amtrak is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak22d 13h 5m$379.45
Amtrak Sunset Limited11d 4h 50m$245.77
Amtrak Texas Eagle11d 4h 50m$221.36
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from San Antonio to Los Angeles every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $255.

  • The Amtrak Sunset Limited is a southern Amtrak route that crosses through Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. The double-decker carriages have a variety of roomettes, bedrooms, and suites, as well as a restuarant and cafe service.

  • Amtrak Texas Eagle train tickets from San Antonio to Los Angeles start from $141, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Texas Eagle schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak Texas Eagle in San Antonio leaves from 350 Hoefgen St . And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station .

    From San Antonio to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak Texas Eagle takes 28 hours and 50 minutes.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from San Antonio 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.

The distance between San Antonio and Los Angeles is approximately 1202 miles, or 1934 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 50 hours and 54 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 28 hours and 50 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.

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

The earliest train departs San Antonio at 2:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Trains leave the station in San Antonio twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Los Angeles with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

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

City Information

San Antonio

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San Antonio, TX - SAT-1

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San Antonio is a fast-growing city located in the southwest corner of the Texas Triangle. In addition to the alluring year-round warm weather, San Antonio offers a blend of rich history with contemporary attractions and cuisine.

If there's one thing to remember from your trip to San Antonio, it’s the Alamo! This 18th century fortress is one of five Spanish missions in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, all of which are connected by a scenic hiking and biking trail. If history isn't your thing, the River Walk along the San Antonio River is a much livelier spot. This shaded path is lined with shops and restaurants, and you could spend an entire day strolling, shopping, and eating along the river. Don't sleep on the riverside bars, either – San Antonio is one of the cheapest drinking cities in the U.S. so you can bar-hop to your heart’s (and your wallet’s) delight.

Traveling with little ones? San Antonio is home to the San Antonio Zoo, SeaWorld, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, any one of which will provide a thrilling adventure with no screen time required. Visitors of all ages will find treasures at Historic Market Square, the largest Mexican market in the U.S., where handcrafted art from local artisans is available alongside authentic Mexican food.

San Antonio is one of the biggest cities in the Lone Star State, so it is very easy to travel to other Texas destinations like Austin, Houston, and Dallas by bus or by train, or to destinations farther afield through the San Antonio International Airport.

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 San Antonio?

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Main departure station: 350 Hoefgen St

The San Antonio Amtrak Station is adjacent to the city’s vibrant downtown, nestled between the Alamodome sports complex and the historic Sunset Station where train service began in 1902. Amtrak operations moved to its new home at 350 Hoefgen Ave in 1998, where passengers can board the Texas Eagle to travel to Chicago, or connect to the Sunset Limited heading to Los Angeles. The stuccoed, Spanish Mission Revival style station is fully accessible, and offers comfortable seating as well as restrooms available in the waiting room. Two of San Antonio’s most popular attractions, the bustling Riverwalk and the historic Alamo, cannot be missed and luckily are within just 1 mile of the station.

All train stations in San Antonio:

  • 350 Hoefgen St

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

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Main arrival station: Union Station

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

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