Discover the City by the Bay with Trains from Los Angeles to San Francisco

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Travel guide Los Angeles–San Francisco


What train companies operate the route from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

Amtrak operates the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco, on board the Coast Starlight service, or the San Joaquin Train with Thruway Bus connection.

What is the schedule for the train route from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

No direct services between the two cities are currently available: instead, passengers must take a combination of bus and train to reach San Francisco. Tickets for the whole journey can be bought with Amtrak. Services operate from 1:15 am to 7:15 pm.

What are the departure and arrival train stations for the route from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

Services depart from Los Angeles Union Station and arrive into San Francisco Transbay Temp Terminal.

What distance is the train route from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

The distance between the two cities is around 382 miles.

How long does it take to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco by train?

The total journey from LA to San Francisco by a combination of bus and train, including time spent in connecting stations, is approximately 9h30. Driving from LA to San Francisco takes around 6 hours depending on traffic, while the flight time from LA to San Francisco is 1h25.

What are the stops on the train route from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

Services to San Francisco include a number of connecting stations on the route: these include Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, Emeryville and Stockton.

Why should you travel by train from Los Angeles to San Francisco?

Traveling by train from city to city is a scenic way to reach your destination, with stunning coastal views along the way. Rather than spending time waiting in traffic by driving, or missing out on seeing the beauty of the East Coast pass by as you fly to your destination, you can relax in a comfortable train coach. Get up and stretch your legs with a trip to the snack car or sit back and let the views outside your window keep you occupied throughout the journey.

What is there to see and do in San Francisco?

Northern California's hilly city is an artistic paradise with plenty to see and do. A popular tourist destination, San Francisco is known for iconic sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge as well as for its eclectic mix of architecture new and old.

Visit Alcatraz Island. This famous island is known for its history as home to a number of prisons over the years. Today, it's managed by the National Park Service and tours are available for those who want to check out its fascinating history and abandoned prison.

Ride The Cable Car System. San Francisco's cable cars, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are iconic and are used mostly by visitors to the city. Operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway, the cable cars serve areas including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square and the Financial District.

Check Out Fisherman's Wharf. This waterfront area is a great place to head for fresh seafood, cruises along the water, tours, attractions, beautiful historic piers and stunning views.