Amtrak’s San Joaquins route is in the California Central Valley with major stops at Oakland, Sacramento, Stockton and Bakersfield. Views are primarily of residential and agricultural areas, and many stations provide easy access to museums. San Joaquins is also the train that travels closest to Yosemite National Park (about 1.5 hours away from the Madera or Fresno station via car or Amtrak bus connections are available at the Fresno and Merced stops).

Things to Know

  • Free WiFi and cafe (but no dining car) on all trains (multiple trains per day)
  • There is thruway bus service to downtown San Francisco, which you can also use to reach the SFO Airport.
  • There are two new morning express trains from Fresno to Sacramento
  • You might have to transfer to a bus depending on your destination and train number you are on, so be sure to look at the schedule carefully (it’s a bit complicated)

Schedule

View the Amtrak timetable for the San Joaquins train to plan your trip. You can also view schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets.

Highlights:

  • Express train time is about 3 hours and 15 minutes between Fresno and Sacramento
  • Trains are always direct/require no bus transfer between Antioch and Oakland (total trip time there about 1.5 hours)
  • Only the 12:41 p.m. and 5:35 p.m. departing trains in Sacramento travel direct to Bakersfield (just over 5 hours commute time between the two cities)
  • The earliest two northbound trains depart Bakersfield at or before 6 a.m.

Stops

Attractions

  • California State Railroad Museum
  • California State Military Museum
  • Sacramento History Museum
  • Sacramento Chinatown
  • Pony Express Statue
  • World of Wonders Science Museum
  • First Transcontinental Railroad Marker
  • Roseville Telephone Museum
  • Martinez Museum
  • Martinez Waterfront Amphitheatre
  • Martinez Waterfront Park and Marina
  • Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline
  • Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline
  • Oakland Coliseum
  • Jack London Square and Cabin
  • Jack London Aquatic Center
  • San Francisco Bay Ferry
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Fresno Convention Center
  • Bakersfield Museum of Art
  • Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center

More Information

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