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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from San Antonio to Houston. Traveling by train from San Antonio to Houston usually takes around 36 hours and 31 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Sunset Limited train can make the trip in 4 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance189 mi (304 km)
Fastest train4h 45m
Lowest price$30.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from San Antonio to Houston

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Nkeng

May 21, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Sunset Limited

Pros: Reclining seats..WoW 👏 Was surprised that it was sooo comfortable. Wayyyyyy better than the Greyhound and airplane seats... Many women working Nice ...even in the cargo area. .Breakfast and lunch menu for purchase... Restrooms were okay size wise. Would love a...

Pros: Reclining seats..WoW 👏 Was surprised that it was sooo comfortable. Wayyyyyy better than the Greyhound and airplane seats... Many women working Nice ...even in the cargo area. .Breakfast and lunch menu for purchase... Restrooms were okay size wise. Would love at least one a lite bigger to accommodate us size and special disabilities......... Cons: Size of restroom to accommodate fat n disable people...at least one bigger stall. Increase volume of announcer... Pro ide wifi or some wifi for a small fee..Come on !! :). Tips: Enjoy the ride !!!

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

In the last month, $120.79 was the average price of a train ticket from San Antonio to Houston. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $72.23 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$225$150$75MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from San Antonio to Houston will vary between $59 and $223. Planning a train trip to Houston within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from San Antonio over the next 7 days is $67. 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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If you are trying to decide when to travel from San Antonio to Houston by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $34 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Antonio to Houston in February, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $127 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$175$140$105$70$353020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Houston from San Antonio will be about $72.23 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from San Antonio to Houston?

2 train services operate from San Antonio to Houston. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak51d 12h 49m$144.67
Amtrak Sunset Limited14h 45m$31.75
  • 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 5 Amtrak trains from San Antonio to Houston every day, as well as 7 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $36.

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  • Amtrak Sunset Limited

    Amtrak Sunset Limited

    The Sunset Limited is an Amtrak train that travels nearly 2,000 miles through the American Southwest from Los Angeles to New Orleans. The mountain, desert, and bayou landscapes along the route make the Sunset Limited one of the most scenic Amtrak train routes. Travelers can book a coach seat or upgrade to a roomette for additional space and sleeping accommodations. All classes of service can stay connected with seatside power outlets and access the cafe car to purchase snacks. A Coach ticket for a comfortable, convenient, and scenic ride from San Antonio to Houston on the Sunset Limited usually costs about .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Antonio to Houston 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 Antonio to Houston?

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

The distance between San Antonio and Houston is approximately 189 miles, or 304 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 36 hours and 31 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 45 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from San Antonio to Houston on Sunday. Tickets for Sunday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Wednesday. Wednesday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs San Antonio at 12:00am 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 Antonio to Houston?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from San Antonio to Houston. 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 Houston 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.

Houston

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Houston, Texas is one of the most populous cities and among the most expansive cities in the U.S. As a result, Houston has become the leading commercial center in the Southern United States. Astronomy aficionados recognize Houston as the city where NASA’s Mission Control Center is located, and music fans know Houston as the birthplace of Queen B herself, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

Even though Houston has a relatively small downtown area, it is packed with exciting things you can do while you’re in town. If you’re in the mood for a cultural outing, head to the Theater District where you are sure to find a play or a music performance you’d enjoy, or check out the Museum District that boasts more than 20 different museums and galleries. Since Houston is the most racially and ethnically diverse city in the country, its restaurant scene is one of a kind offering a rich variety of cuisines from all over the world. The many experiences available in Houston make it one of Texas' best vacation destinations.

As one of the main metropolitan cities in the U.S., Houston is very well connected to the rest of the country and the world. The main bus and train stations are both located right in the heart of downtown making it easy to get to your final destination by public transit or car. There are also several airports within the city’s vicinity that provide a good variety of options depending on where you’re flying to or from.

Station Information

Where is the train station in San Antonio?

Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd  - KCYAMT-0Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd  - KCYAMT-1

Main departure station: Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd

Union Station in Kansas City is a grand, historic station dating back to 1914 with an imposing columned facade and intricately carved coffered ceilings. The station is truly a destination in itself, where you can explore a series of museums, a planetarium, a 3D theater, and upscale dining options. Train service still runs through Union Station, though, and you can catch the Missouri River Runner to St. Louis or the Southwest Chief to Chicago or Los Angeles. Paid parking, restrooms, and a mothers’ nursing room can be found at the station. Just steps outside are some of the highlights of Kansas City, from Legoland Discovery Center to Penn Valley Park’s various memorials and museums.

All train stations in San Antonio:

  • Union Station - 30 W Pershing Rd

  • Union Station

  • 1400 W Markham St

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

  • 800 N Washington St, Suite 2

  • 250 N Lamar Blvd

  • Union Station - 400 S Houston St

  • Central Station

  • 315 West Ave B

  • 905 Pacific Ave

  • Copeland Soldier's Service Ctr - Bldg 18010 48th St

  • 102 W Holland Ave

  • 200 S Jones Ave

  • Union Station

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

Where is the train station in Houston?

902 Washington Ave - HOUAMT-0

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Main arrival station: 902 Washington Ave

The Amtrak Station on Washington Avenue is a key stop on the Sunset Limited train route that runs from Los Angeles to New Orleans. Restrooms, vending machines, and checked baggage services are available inside the waiting room of the station. There is also plenty of free same-day and overnight parking onsite. Downtown Houston is within a quick walk, where you can find hotels, restaurants, and attractions in the nearby Theater District, Civic Center, and Skyline District.

All train stations in Houston:

  • 902 Washington Ave

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