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Amtrak California is one of only two jointly-operated companies with Amtrak, the premier rail service provider for the United States (the other being Amtrak North Carolina). Amtrak California is a partnership operation between Amtrak and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) which operates three main rail lines in the state: the Pacific Surfliner between San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, and San Diego; the San Joaquins between Sacramento or Oakland and Bakersfield; and the Capitol Corridor (described below).

Services Offered

California Zephyr
Running between Emeryville and Chicago, the California Zephyr is a long-distance, cross-country service that stops in Sacramento, Reno, Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, and Des Moines.

  • Current schedule (also includes connecting bus routes from Emeryville, Denver, and Salt Lake City)

Features include:

  • All reserved seating
  • Bedrooms and Suites
  • Lounge Car
  • Dining Car
  • Checked Baggage service
Capitol Corridor
This train service operates between San Jose in the Silicon Valley and Sacramento, connecting the San Francisco Bay Area with the State Capitol. It has the second highest ridership in the Amtrak California rail network, beaten only by the Pacific Surfliner in Southern California, and it provides additional services east of Sacramento to Auburn and Colfax in the Sierra Nevada. Soon, the Capitol Corridor would further operate east to serve Reno and Sparks in neighboring Nevada to complement the California Zephyr service.

  • Current schedule (also includes connecting bus routes from San Jose, Emeryville, and Sacramento)

Features include:

  • Overhead luggage racks
  • Luxury and social seating areas
  • Cafe Car
  • WiFi on board
  • Quiet Car (available on weekday morning trains in both directions)
  • Two (2) Bike Cars
Coast Starlight
This long-distance train service operates daily between Seattle and Los Angeles, with stops in Portland, Redding, Sacramento, Emeryville, San Jose, Salinas, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara.

Features include:

  • All reserved seating
  • Business Class Service

    • Enhanced dining and extra snacks
    • Priority boarding
    • Lounge access
  • Bedrooms and Suites
  • Lounge Car
  • Dining Car
  • Checked Baggage service
San Joaquin
Operating between Bakersfield and either Oakland (4 daily round trips) or Sacramento (2 daily round trips), the San Joaquin provides travelers a glimpse of the Central Valley prior to the opening of the California High-Speed Rail service starting in 2022. With stops in Modesto, Merced, and Fresno, the San Joaquin provides a more scenic way to see California’s agricultural heartland and gives travelers a hassle-free way to get to Yosemite National Park.

  • Current schedule (also includes connecting bus routes from Bakersfield, Fresno, Merced, Stockton, Martinez, and Sacramento)

Features include:

  • All reserved seating
  • Cafe Car
  • Checked Baggage service
  • WiFi on board

Locomotives, Cabins, and Buses

Amtrak Locomotives
Amtrak California Locomotives
Passenger Cabins
Train Interiors

Amtrak California Shuttle Bus
These bus services operate between Amtrak stations and many outlying communities and cities throughout California. Most of these services are available only to passengers with Amtrak tickets; however, a handful of such services have evolved to become regular bus routes, in which Amtrak California is a partner, operated as a consortium of regional bus companies operating in the area.
Contracted Amtrak Buses
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