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Trains from New York to Los Angeles

The distance between the two cities is 2,445.7 miles (3936 km) long and crosses the whole continent, so be prepared for a long ride.  On average, trips from New York to Los Angeles last . There is no direct connection, and you must change trains at least once. Approximately trains leave New York daily, but as mentioned, they are not direct, so remember to bring your carry-on luggage.

The prices depend on the route, but if you book in time, they may go as low as . The average price is around , and if you decide to buy on the day, the price will be around . The first train departs at 6 AM and the last at 3 PM. 

The trains from New York to Los Angeles are operated by the largest passenger railroad service in the US, Amtrak. All trains depart from Penn Station in New York and arrive at Union station in Los Angeles.

Union Station is an iconic landmark in Los Angeles. Initially, the station was intended to provide a central point for all the city's railroads. Today, it is the main transportation point for Amtrak, Metrolink, and the LA Metro. It is also home to several restaurants, shops, and businesses.

The Amtrak train has a variety of amenities for passengers. For example, each car has comfortable seats that offer extra legroom and several four-seat areas with dining tables. In addition, each compartment also features WiFi access and power outlets available at every seat - making it easy not only to get online but stay connected while traveling too.

The railway company offers four classes of travel:

  1. First Class,
  2.  
  3. Business
  4. Coach

Five different subclasses of tickets exist based on cancellation and refund policies.

  1. Saver tickets come with a considerable discount, but since they are limited, you should purchase them in advance. Refund is only possible in the first 24 hours after purchase.
  2. Value tickets are sold at regular rates and with several different refund options.
  3. Flexible tickets allow you to receive a refund or change your ticket whenever you want without cancellation fees.
  4. Business class comes with extra perks, such as extra legroom and various drinks.
  5. Premium tickets take you on a luxurious journey with various benefits and spacious and comfortable seating.

There is one upside to no direct trains. You will have the opportunity to tailor your trip according to your wishes. Most travelers choose to change trains in Chicago, partially because they want to seize the opportunity to take the Lakeshore Limited route from New York to Chicago, one of the most breathtaking routes in America.

The Lakeshore Limited is the train route between New York and Chicago. Passing through Cleveland, South Bend, and Buffalo, it touches some of the most stunning shorelines of the USA. 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.

You can expect more great views as you travel on the second leg of your trip from Chicago to LA. The Rocky Mountains, the red rocks of Utah, and the enamouring desert scenery of Nevada await you. This journey allows you to admire the sheer variety of landscapes in the US. 

So, if you're planning to take the train from New York to Los Angeles, let us help you plan it. We check thousands of destinations across rail, bus and flight 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 New York to Los Angeles.

Journey Summary with Train

The journey from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA by Train is 3936 km and takes . There are connections per day, with the first departure at and the last at . It is possible to travel from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA by Train for as little as or as much as . The best price for this journey is .

Distance 2,445.7 mi
Departure New York, NY
Arrival Los Angeles, CA
Carriers Amtrak, Amtrack

Train Tickets from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA

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Departure date
Friday,Feb 03 2023

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$ 383.54
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$ 57.50
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$ 58.48

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New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA Co2 Emissions by Train

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Flight
1121.76kg
Train
55.104kg
Bus
267.648kg
Car
192.864kg

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the distance between New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA by train?
New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA is 3935.5km.
Which companies operate from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA?
New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA is covered by 1 operator(s). You can find on Virail Amtrak provide services on this route.
From which stations can I leave from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA?
There are 1 station(s) that you can depart from New York, NY to go to Los Angeles, CA. You can go from New York, Ny and you can arrive at Los Angeles, Ca.
Is there a direct train from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA?
Yes there is a direct train between New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.
What are the CO2 emissions for New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA by train?
The train journey from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA creates 55.104kg CO2 emissions.

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