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Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY by train

The journey from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY by train is 2,448.29 mi and takes 77 hr 0 min. There are 4 connections per day, with the first departure at 6:00 PM and the last at 10:00 PM. It is possible to travel from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY by train for as little as $202.62 or as much as $419.85. The best price for this journey is $202.62.

Lowest Price$202.62
Journey Duration77 hr 0 min
Connection per Day4
Lowest Price$202.62
Highest Price$419.85
First Departure6:00 PM
Last Departure10:00 PM
Distance2,448.29 mi
DepartureLos Angeles, CA
ArrivalNew York, NY
CarriersAmtrak

Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY Train Times

Departure date
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Travel by train from Los Angeles, CA, to New York, NY

The train from Los Angeles, CA, to New York, NY, lasts on average 77 hr 0 min. Around 4 trains depart a day from Los Angeles to New York. The average price is $283.74, and the lowest ticket pricing starts at around $202.62.

Amtrak, the largest passenger railroad service in the U.S.., operates the train from Los Angeles to New York. The two largest cities in the United States are on opposite sides of the continent; hence, there are no direct connections. Amtrak offers various options to get to New York from L.A., however, the fastest and cheapest way would be through Chicago with the Southwest Chief and then the Lakeshore Limited to New York. You can tailor your trip according to your preferences, but we recommend this route. It is just as breathtaking as it is practical. Another beautiful but slower option for the same price is the Texas Eagle, which arrives in Chicago 20 hours later than the Southwest Chief.  Both services from L.A. to Chicago have Superliner trains, double-decker sleeper cars, and an observation deck, while the Lakeshore Limited has single-deck Viewliner trains. 

The Texas Eagle route is the longest in the United States and runs from Los Angeles to Chicago, with frequent stops in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, and California. Enjoy comfortable seating on the upper and lower levels with Superliner rail cars as you travel through some of America's most beautiful landscapes -from Illinois, home of Abraham Lincoln, to the Mississippi River and the Ozarks in Little Rock, to the stunning Piney Woods of East Texas - Luckily you can take advantage of observations decks on all Superliner trains. The whole journey last 65 hours, which is three nights on the train. Keep in mind you may need to change trains in San Antonio.

The Southwest Chief is a faster, and the  43-hour journey with the Amtrak Southwest Chief will take you through Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Take a breathtaking trip across the Mississippi through eight states. Enjoy the wheat fields and ranches, ancient pueblos and missions, deserts and mountains that can't be seen from mere highways from the comfort of a Superliner deck. Traveling through curving canyons, barely wider than the train itself, is something only a train ride can provide. 

The Lakeshore Limited is a train service between Chicago and New York. It passes through Cleveland, South Bend, and Buffalo along some of the most stunning shorelines of the U.S. The name refers to the route following the Mohawk River, the Erie Canal, and the south shore of Lake Michigan. The scenery along the famous Native American Highway, as it is also called, is truly spectacular. It stops in 22 cities, and its estimated journey time is about 19 hours. It leaves New York once a day, every day. It is a Viewliner train with sleeper cars and a café on board.

Amtrak offers four sleeping options on their trains.

  1. The Roomette is, at first glance, a tiny room, but it is very well-used. Different innovative storage options will surprise you at every step. They start with two comfortable recliner seats, which turn into a bed, and a second bunk bed that you pull from the ceiling, making enough space for two people to sleep and have a great view. The older Viewliner cars have a toilet and a sink in the room (one of the surprises under the steps to the upper bunk), which can be tricky if there are two people. The newer cars have toilets and bathrooms in the hallway.
  2. The Bedroom is twice as big, with a big comfy queen bed and a bathroom in the room (separated by a door). It has all the amenities of the Roomette with more space and a higher price. 
  3. The Two-Room Suite on a train offers twice the space of a regular Bedroom accommodation. During the day, the suite features two sofas and separate chairs for seating; at night, these furnishings convert into upper and lower beds, providing comfortable sleeping arrangements. It includes two in-room sinks, restrooms, and showers.
  4. The Family room is only available on the Superliner trains. It provides comfortable accommodations for up to four people, with full-sized beds and fold-down bunks. Passengers can access hot showers, extra storage space, a sink, and an enclosed lavatory. 

If you opt for the sleeping car, remember that you must book the entire unit alone or with someone. Also, the coach has comfortable reclining seats, perfect for getting some shut-eye, so give it a chance.

You will start your journey at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles, between Alameda Street, Cesar Chavez Avenue, Vignes Street, and the Hollywood Freeway. The Terminal Annex building is on the opposite side of the Chavez Avenue underpass. It is not far from Chinatown, and Patsaouras Transit Plaza on the east side of the Station is a stop for the Metro Local, Metro Rapid, and Metro Express lines, the municipal lines as the DASH shuttles. You can reach L.A.X. with The FlyAway express bus service.

You will end your journey at New York's Penn Station's newest addition - Moynihan Train Hall. Recently opened in 2021, the new transportation facility and architectural marvel is situated across 8th Avenue from Penn Station. Fun fact or a warning: Penn Station is the busiest train station in the western hemisphere, so be prepared to find your new terminal in time.

So if you plan to travel to New York from Los Angeles by train, let us help you plan it. We check thousands of rail, bus, and flight destinations to help you find the best price. Check out our handy price calendar below, where you can see the best prices across all modes of transport from Los Angeles to New York.

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Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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The cheapest Los Angeles, CA - New York, NY train tickets can be found for as low as $190.64 if you’re lucky, or $217.55 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $250.54.

Find the best day to travel to New York, NY by train

When travelling to New York, NY by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

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Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY CO2 Emissions by Train

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Train
275.81kg
Bus
295.51kg
Flight
788.03kg
Car
630.42kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY are 275.81kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY? By taking the train between Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY you will save 512.22kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 19.7kg compared to a bus and 354.61kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY?
A train ticket from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY is $283.74. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $202.62.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY is $202.62. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY by train?
Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY is 2,448.29 mi.
How long does the train between Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY take?
Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY is on average 77 hr 0 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 68 hr 23 min.
How many train connections per day go from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY?
Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY has 4 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY leave?
The earliest train from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY departs at 6:00 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY depart?
The latest train from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY departs at 10:00 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $202.62 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
What's the fastest journey time between Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY is 68 hr 23 min.
Is there a direct train from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY?
Yes, there is a direct train between Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY.
What are the CO2 emissions for Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY by train?
The train journey from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY creates 275.81kg of CO2 emissions.

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