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Seattle-San Francisco Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Seattle to San Francisco?

Lowest Price$91.00
Fastest Train23h 20m
Trains Per Day1
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the train from Seattle to San Francisco scenic?

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train is known for being scenic, especially through the Cascade Range at the Willamette Pass in Oregon. The route from Seattle to San Francisco also passes through forests and valleys en route to California.

How far is Seattle from the coast?

Seattle is situated along the eastern coast of Elliott Bay, part of the Puget Sound that connects to the Pacific Ocean, so in a way, it’s right on the coast. From the actual Pacific coastline, though, Seattle is just under 100 miles away. It will take you more than 3 hours by car to reach that point, though, because Washington’s various interconnected waterways prevent a direct drive to the coast. Ocean Shores, Washington, while technically a farther coastal point, takes only 2 hours 30 minutes to reach by car.

How far apart are Seattle and Portland?

Portland is 145 miles from Seattle by plane and 173 miles by car. Driving nonstop, it would take you just under 3 hours to get from Portland from Seattle.

Is it safe to travel by train from Seattle to San Francisco right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Can you take a train all the way from Seattle to San Francisco?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Seattle to San Francisco, 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.

What is the price of a train ticket from Seattle to San Francisco?

In the last month, $97.90 was the average price of a train ticket from Seattle, WA to San Francisco, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 18 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $102.68 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Seattle to San Francisco?

The distance between Seattle and San Francisco is approximately 679 miles, or 1093 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 23 hours and 20 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 Seattle to San Francisco are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Seattle at 9:00am and arrives in San Francisco around 23 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Seattle to San Francisco?

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 San Francisco to Seattle. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Seattle to San Francisco for $86.00.

Which train should you take from Seattle to San Francisco?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Seattle, Washington to San Francisco, California. 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
Amtrak123h 20m$119.01

Where is the train station in Seattle?

There is one train station in Seattle:

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

Where is the train station in San Francisco?

San Francisco has one train station:

  • Salesforce Plaza

Price trends for trains from Seattle to San Francisco

Average prices by travel date

$105$70$35SepSep

Monthly average prices

$200$160$120$80$40JFMAMJJASOND

Prices as travel date approaches

$175$140$105$70$353020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Seattle, WA to San Francisco, CA
5.0
Based on 1 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.0
Staff
4.0
Value
2.0
Condition
3.0
Amaury
5.0
August 5, 2019Solo travel
Pros
I met good people
Cons
The toilets could use an upgrade
Tips
No.

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