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Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA by train

The journey from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA by train is 347.81 mi and takes 10 hr 48 min. There are 5 connections per day, with the first departure at 9:11 AM and the last at 7:16 PM. It is possible to travel from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA by train for as little as $45.89 or as much as $57.72. The best price for this journey is $45.89.

Lowest Price$45.89
Journey Duration10 hr 48 min
Connection per Day5
Lowest Price$45.89
Highest Price$57.72
First Departure9:11 AM
Last Departure7:16 PM
Distance347.81 mi
DepartureLos Angeles, CA
ArrivalSan Francisco, CA
CarriersAmtrak

Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA Train Times

Departure date
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024

Take the train from Los Angeles, CA, to San Francisco, CA

The train journey from Los Angeles, CA, to San Francisco, CA, lasts on average 10 hr 48 min. Around 5 trains depart a day from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The average price is $51.85, and the lowest ticket pricing starts at around $45.89.

Amtrak operates the train from Los Angeles to San Francisco. There is no direct train connection between Los Angeles and San Francisco because Sanfran doesn't have a railway. It`s construction is planned, but Amtrak currently secures a bus link to the closest Amtrak railway stations. Their buses transfer passengers from stations serving San Joaquin and the Pacific Surfliner in Oakland and Santa Barbara. Other nearby train stations are in Emeryville and Hayward. The prices remain in the same price range. 

The San Joaquin Amtrak service is a rail service that runs between Bakersfield and Oakland, California. It operates seven days a week and serves various cities along the route of the San Joaquin Valley, the leading agriculture area of California, equally stunning as the coast. It usually guarantees coach seats and has an onboard cafe if you are in the mood for refreshments.

The Pacific Surfliner train line is the direct service between Louis Obispo and San Diego. Before reaching San Diego, the line serves Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente Pier, Oceanside, and Solana Beach. The average speed is 41.2 miles per hour (66 km/h), but it can reach speeds up to 90 miles per hour (145 km/h).

Be prepared for stunning South Californian scenery. The train will take you along the coast, and some of the country's best surfing spots, and the trains feature enough racks to bring your surfing board or bicycle along. All trains also feature free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and a Market Cafe with snacks, beverages, and fresh food. All cats and dogs up to 20 pounds are welcome on board.

In Los Angeles, you can board on Union Station, the largest station on the West Coast of the United States. The station is an iconic landmark in Los Angeles and is a central point for Amtrak, Metrolink, and the LA Metro. It is also home to several restaurants, shops, and businesses.

You can also board on these Intercity stations:

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth
  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • Metrolink Station
  • 592 Gayley Ave

The ticket prices may vary depending on how early you book, so securing them at your earliest convenience is recommended. Children 2-12 travel at a lower fare on all Amtrak trains.

In Los Angeles you can board on Union Station, the largest station on the West Coast of the United States. An iconic landmark in Los Angeles, the station is central point for Amtrak, Metrolink, and the LA Metro. It is also home to several restaurants, shops, and businesses. Palm trees outside

San Francisco does not have a railway station (yet!). Amtrak secures a bus connection from the nearest Amtrak station to the Salesforce Transit Center. The station is served by local lines such as BART, Muni, AC lines, and Golden Gate Transit, which take you downtown or to the broader Bay Area. The station has a diverse choice of coffee places, restaurants, and free wifi. Keep in mind there is no luggage storage or parking at the station. 

San Francisco is the city of cable cars, hilly streets, fog, tech and gay culture, and culture in general. Whether you decide to catch a show at North Beach, check out the Museum of Modern Art, or stroll the city to take in sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, you will understand the immense cultural aura Sanfran still possess. The waterfront is an integral part of the city's identity -fantastic seafood dishes at the Fishermans Warf, seals at Pier 39, and of course, Alcatraz, the most famous prison in the world. Take your pick.

So if you plan to travel to San Francisco 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 between Los Angels and San Francisco.

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Cheap train tickets from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA
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 San Francisco, CA.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA, 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 San Francisco, CA.

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 - San Francisco, CA train tickets can be found for as low as $44.70 if you’re lucky, or $49.49 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $53.28.

Find the best day to travel to San Francisco, CA by train

When travelling to San Francisco, CA 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!

Services on board Amtrak from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA
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Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA CO2 Emissions by Train

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Train
39.18kg
Bus
41.98kg
Flight
111.95kg
Car
89.56kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA are 39.18kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA? By taking the train between Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA you will save 72.77kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 2.8kg compared to a bus and 50.38kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA?
A train ticket from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA is $51.85. 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 $45.89.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA is $45.89. 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 San Francisco, CA by train?
Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA is 347.81 mi.
How long does the train between Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA take?
Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA is on average 10 hr 48 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 9 hr 24 min.
How many train connections per day go from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA?
Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA has 5 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA leave?
The earliest train from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA departs at 9:11 AM. 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 San Francisco, CA depart?
The latest train from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA departs at 7:16 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 San Francisco, CA 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 $45.89 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.
How many direct connections depart from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA?
There are on average 1 direct connection(s) from Los Angeles, CA to go to San Francisco, CA.
What's the fastest journey time between Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA is 9 hr 24 min.
Is there a direct train from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA?
Yes, there is a direct train between Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA.
What are the CO2 emissions for Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA by train?
The train journey from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA creates 39.18kg of CO2 emissions.

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