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Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA by train

The journey from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA by train is 536.13 mi and takes 21 hr 18 min. There are 3 connections per day, with the first departure at 5:25 AM and the last at 2:25 PM. It is possible to travel from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA by train for as little as $34.10 or as much as $189.60. The best price for this journey is $34.10.

Lowest Price$34.10
Journey Duration21 hr 18 min
Connection per Day3
Lowest Price$34.10
Highest Price$189.60
First Departure5:25 AM
Last Departure2:25 PM
Distance536.13 mi
DeparturePortland, OR
ArrivalSan Francisco, CA
CarriersAmtrak

Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA Train Times

Departure date
Wednesday, Jul 17, 2024

Travel by train from Portland, OR, to San Francisco, CA

The train from Portland, OR, to San Francisco, CA, lasts on average 21 hr 18 min. Around 3 trains depart a day from Portland to California. The average price is $89.23, and the lowest ticket pricing starts at around $34.10.

Amtrak, the largest passenger railroad service in the US, operates the train from Portland to San Francisco. There is no direct train connection between Portland and San Francisco because Sanfran doesn't have a railway. Its construction is planned, but Amtrak currently secures a bus link to the closest Amtrak railway stations. You will start with the Coast Starlight, and In Emeryville, you will transfer to a bus taking you to San Francisco.

The Coast Starlight is one of the most stunning Amtrak services; it connects all the major cities, from Seattle to Los Angeles. Rainy Washington forests, Cascades, Rocky Mountains, and Pacific beaches, you can experience it all in the unique sightseeing cars. The Coast Starlight is one of the long-distance trains using the double-decker Superliner cars: dining cars, sleeping cars, and the particular observation lounge car. You can observe the dramatic scenery unfold while having a snack from the café on the lower deck.

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. 

Union Station in Portland is located at 800 NW Sixth Avenue and is widely recognizable thanks to its glowing neon sign encouraging travelers to "Go By Train." The station is located at. The station features vending machines, ATMs, vending machines ticketing kiosks, and a ticket office. Business-class passengers can take some time to relax in the Metropolitan Lounge, which has comfortable seating and complimentary snacks and beverages. The station is fully accessible, with an elevator, accessible toilets, and accessible parking. Overnight and same-day parking is available for a fee if you want to leave your car.

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 serves 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 diverse 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 and take in sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, you will understand the immense cultural aura this Sanfran has and 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 Portland 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 Portland to San Francisco.

 

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Cheap train tickets from Portland, OR 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 Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Portland, OR 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 Portland, OR 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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Best time to book cheap train tickets from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA

The cheapest Portland, OR - San Francisco, CA train tickets can be found for as low as $37.42 if you’re lucky, or $66.21 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $109.96.

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!

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Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA CO2 Emissions by Train

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Train
60.4kg
Bus
64.71kg
Flight
172.56kg
Car
138.05kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA are 60.4kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA? By taking the train between Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA you will save 112.16kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 4.31kg compared to a bus and 77.65kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA?
A train ticket from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA is $89.23. 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 $34.10.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA is $34.10. 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 Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA by train?
Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA is 536.13 mi.
How long does the train between Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA take?
Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA is on average 21 hr 18 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 18 hr 35 min.
How many train connections per day go from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA?
Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA has 3 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA leave?
The earliest train from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA departs at 5:25 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 Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA depart?
The latest train from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA departs at 2:25 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 Portland, OR 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 $34.10 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 Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA is 18 hr 35 min.
Is there a direct train from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA?
Yes, there is a direct train between Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA.
What are the CO2 emissions for Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA by train?
The train journey from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA creates 60.4kg of CO2 emissions.

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