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For travelers visiting San Francisco, and for weekend and day-trip jaunts to San Francisco’s surrounding attractions, Amtrak offers a convenient, scenic and cost-effective mode of transportation. Modernized and refurbished rail cars, new and improved services and newly enhanced amenities add to the fun. Taking Amtrak is also a "green" way to go, because traveling by rail contributes less per passenger mile to greenhouse gas emissions than cars and airplanes. Thruway connections to San Francisco are available in Emeryville.
Visitors coming into San Francisco from the North can take the can take the Coast Starlight with daily roundtrips between Vancouver to Emeryville with Thruway service to San Francisco. From South the San Joaquin route offers departures daily by train between Bakersfield and Emeryville with Thruway service to San Francisco. From the East, the California Zephyr offers daily service between Chicago and Sacramento, with transfers available to the Capitol Corridor which offers daily service between the Bay Area and Sacramento.
Amtrak provides direct connections to San Francisco via the Amtrak Thruway bus service. Service is available to and from the following San Francisco locations:
Civic Center Amtrak Thruway Bus 1150 Market Street
Westfield SF Centre Amtrak Thruway Bus 835 Market Street
Moscone Convention Center Amtrak Thruway Bus 747 Howard Street
Ferry Building Amtrak Thruway Bus 101 The Embarcadero
Fisherman’s Warf / Pier 39 Amtrak Thruway Bus Beach Street and The Embarcadero
Check San Francisco and Northern California Amtrak Service or call 1-800-USA-RAIL for complete details
245 2nd St.
Oakland, CA 94607
Reservations: 800- USA- RAIL or www.amtrak.com
Train Service To San Francisco
Whether traveling around Northern California for business or pleasure, skip the traffic and parking hassles and take the train. Amtrak Capitol Corridor provides convenient, frequent, affordable daily service between the Sacramento region and San Francisco, and many places in between. Easy Thruway connections to San Francisco at Emeryville.
The San Joaquin provides a great way to travel throughout California's Central Valley. The Valley is California's premier agricultural region, bordered on the west by the coastal mountain ranges, and on the east by California's magnificent Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Death Valley National Parks. The San Joaquin runs multiple times daily between the San Francisco Bay Area (or Sacramento) and Bakersfield, with Easy Thruway connections to San Francisco at Emeryville.
Experienced travelers say the California Zephyr is one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. As you climb through the heart of the Rockies, and further west through the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, you may find it hard to disagree. The Zephyr runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco, coursing through the plains of Nebraska to Denver, across the Rockies to Salt Lake City, and then through Reno and Sacramento into Emeryville with Thruway connections to San Francisco
Widely regarded as one of the most spectacular of all train routes, the Coast Starlight links the greatest cities on the West Coast. En route daily between Seattle and Los Angeles, the Coast Starlight passes through Portland, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Barbara. Easy Thruway connections to San Francisco at Emeryville.
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