We will be taking the Coast Starlight train up to Oakland. The train ride from Los Angeles to Oakland is eleven (11) hours. Then you will take a bus or cab from Oakland into Downtown San Francisco.
A shared taxi to your hotel might be more convenient than the Amtrak bus.
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at the Amtrak Site.
The train ticket price varies from $54 – $110 one way from Los Angeles (LAX) to Oakland (OKJ). Train tickets are always changing, so we recommend checking back on the Amtrak site often since train tickets seem to change as much as plane tickets.
AAA members also get 10% off!
Boarding Time (for train up to Oakland-Jack London Square):
- San Diego boards 6:05 AM
- Los Angeles boards 10:10 AM
- Santa Barbara boards 12:40 PM
- San Luis Obispo boards at 3:35 PM
The train has power outlets at every seat. There is no longer WiFi provided to all passengers. It is only available to sleeping car passengers. Also when WiFi was available to all, it was pretty much non-existent. (So make sure to have all the files you need downloaded onto your laptop!)
The Train also has an elegant dining car on board. However, you can take meals at your seat while you continue to write.