Amtrak operates four train routes that pass through the Bay Area. If you’re from anywhere outside of the Bay Area (such as Redding, Modesto, Merced, Bakersfield, SLO, LA, San Diego, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, or San Jose), taking the Amtrak may be a convenient method of transportation to get to and from home during vacations.

Riding on the Amtrak can often be more cost-efficient than driving or flying and provides you with some of the best views of the state and the country. 

Which routes serve UC Berkeley?

Amtrak Route  Destinations Schedule Where to catch it?
Capitol Corridor San Jose to Davis, Auburn, & Sacramento Link Berkeley, Emeryville, and Richmond
Coast Starlight Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Redding, Chico, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles Link Oakland and Emeryville
San Joaquins Oakland to Bakersfield (with bus connections to Los Angeles) Link Oakland, Emeryville, and Richmond
California Zephyr Sacramento, Truckee, Reno NV, Salt Lake City UT, Denver CO, Lincoln & Omaha NE, Chicago IL Link Emeryville and Richmond

Are there Student Discounts Available?

Yes. Visit Amtrak San Joaquins for California-specific deals and discounts, including student 6-tix specials.

Can a UC Berkeley Employee use commuter benefits on Amtrak?

Yes. Purchase Amtrak fares via, either through tickets or with the commuter card. Details on using Wageworks

Are there other discounts available?

Yes, through the Amtrak website

Take Amtrak, and Save with the 6Tix or Student Discount Programs

Get to the Train from the Bus. Stay safe!