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Old 03-10-2014, 07:34 PM
 
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Anyone ever took a train trip to SF? Any tips/suggestions?

I'm thinking of possibly planning a trip the first week of June for a few days. I'll be coming from San Bernardino county.
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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It stops in Oakland, but I hear you can swim across the Bay...
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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There is an amtrak bus that connects at the Oakland or Emeryville stations that connects you to the ferry building in SF. Or you can take BART/cab/ferry to SF if that is where you are staying.
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:45 PM
 
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What's the goal of your trip, OP? If it's to see SF, the train doesn't go there, but you can get other transportation to SF from the train station in Oakland. if it's to see the Bay Area, you can stay somewhere in Berkeley or Oakland after taking the train to Oakland or Emeryville.
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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The Amtrak buses that take you from the train station to your destination, are great buses and it's super convenient. I've done this a number of times, including taking the train from Davis, CA to the Emeryville station, then hopping on the Amtrak bus that's waiting outside the station to take you across the bay.

I've also taken the same train to San Jose, then hopped on the Amtrak bus to take me to Santa Cruz - again, the bus was waiting just outside the station.

You can book the train plus the bus ride on the Amtrak website.

BTW, if you have AAA, and you book ahead (I think it's 3 days), you get 10% off, if I remember correctly.
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:48 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Anyone ever took a train trip to SF? Any tips/suggestions?

I'm thinking of possibly planning a trip the first week of June for a few days. I'll be coming from San Bernardino county.
Will you be wanting to take the Coast Starlight or another train from LA up the coast, or are you okay taking a train from SB to LA, a bus from LA to Bakersfield, then the San Joaquin to Oakland, then a bus to SF? It is technically faster, but I figured if your talking about taking a train trip, you might not be as interested in that. Depending on which train you take to get to the Bay Area you can take Caltrain from San Jose, BART from Oakland Coliseum, a bus from Jack London Square (or ferry), bus from Emeryville, or BART from Richmond.

You can also take Metrolink from San Bernandino to Union Station in LA.

The Coast Starlight does have the draw of less transfers, and you get to see the Pacific ocean.
The San Joaquin is faster even with the bus bridge, I guess due to the route, flatter more direct central valley. I think it is also a bit cheaper, and more often.

Where in SF are you going?
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:05 PM
 
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If you are traveling from SB or LA, I wouldn't play with the train and take flight which almost is same but slightly more expensive than train, unless you desire to book something in short term, get views and have a lot of time for 10h train ride (suggest flight from LA/ONT).

And if you have DL and travel on weekend, sometimes rental companies rent out cars cheap (under $10 per day) for promotion. Might wanna include insurance, but check with your CC company what they offer, they may offer free or better cheaper alternative. Avoid renting from airports that charge premium for rental if possible

Bus such as Megabus or Greyhound can get you there quicker than train too but I would consider it as last option.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:55 AM
 
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The California Zephyr is gorgeous I have taken it four times. The shortsightedness of taking standard gauge tracks off the Bay Bridge means most intercity Amtrak trains strand you in Oakland (until the Coast Daylight is back in service in a couple years). They have buses that connect you with Caltrain, ferry building, etc.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:44 AM
 
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The California Zephyr is gorgeous [...]
That is west-east route, doesn't run to SoCal.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:38 PM
 
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That is west-east route, doesn't run to SoCal.
Yea I didn't see the San Bernardino right away, I still vouche for the Zephyr though! The Coast Starlight is nice too, there is wine onboard and if you take it back from SF you are treated to a beautiful sunset over the Pacific. Only downside is, until the Coast Daylight starts running, you get plunked down in Oakland or San Jose instead of the City.
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