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California Zephyr

+1 800-872-7245
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San Fran to Denver

Nice for a one time trip. Would not go again. 36 hours long. Very scenic at beginning and end of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tampa, Florida
Absolutely terrible

I don’t even know where to start with this trip ! It was expensive which I wouldn’t have minded if... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Boston, Massachusetts
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Since 1949 this Amtrak train has taken travelers on scenic rides between Roseville, IL and Oakland, CA.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice for a one time trip. Would not go again. 36 hours long. Very scenic at beginning and end of journey, but menu is very limited and bland.

1  Thank sgenne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I don’t even know where to start with this trip ! It was expensive which I wouldn’t have minded if it was even ok but the only positive thing I can say on my trip from San Francisco to Chicago was that some of the...More

3  Thank Suziwoozy25
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would never take a train across the country, as many have complained about in these reviews; it is simply too long and tiring. But in November 2017, we decided to take the California Zephyr from Sacramento to Reno and back. We wanted to cross...More

5  Thank Steve H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the California Zephyr from Chicago to Truckee as they were running a special for the fringe season (November). We decided to go with a Superliner Roomette as spending two nights in coach would have been rough. We were so happy with that decision....More

3  Thank Ben D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided on the second stage of our trip by Amtrak across from New York via Chicago to travel in a sleeping car having not been impressed of travelling by coach from New York. Unfortunatly we had a brother and sister behind us who talked...More

6  Thank Patian2014
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We traveled on the California Zephyr in September 2017, a 60th birthday present from my husband. On arrival at Roseville station we discovered that the train had not in fact left Emeryville and was running 5 hours late. We decided to take a 30 minute...More

6  Thank hossacks
Reviewed 3 November 2017

We took the California Zephyr from San Francisco to Chicago and stayed in a Superliner bedroom with shower, toilet, and sink in the room. It was very comfortable for the two of us. We were on the train for 3 days, 2 nights. Our car...More

6  Thank lemmonhome
Reviewed 1 November 2017

I've been on a number of Amtrak's long-haul trains (Southwest Chief, Coast Starlight, Empire Builder), but the Zephyr is, hands down, the most impressive route. From Denver to San Francisco, my niece and I could barely tear ourselves away from the windows as one vista...More

6  Thank Joel W
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

I love Amtrak and travel on its trains often but for me the sleeper for two is not worth the high cost. The room is tiny and very hard to move around in when you wish to dress or undress and the private bathroom, my...More

4  Thank SJCLawyer
Reviewed 30 October 2017

We took the trip from Denver to Glenwood Springs and it took about six hours. The Coach class seats were comfortable, the dining car was fine (we had breakfast) and the food was ok. The scenery absolutely amazing.....I enjoyed the whole experience. One of our...More

4  Thank DebieDC
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17 November 2017|
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Response from Dustin C | Reviewed this property |
I took this route in July 2017 and there were some snow capped mountains then. I would say it would just depend how much snow you want to see.
14 November 2017|
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Response from RonH43026 | Reviewed this property |
Basically 2-1/2 Days. Train leaves Sacramento 11:09AM (PT), is between Grand Junction and Aspen, CO the next day around 11:00AM (MT), and by 11:00AM (CT) the following day is in eastern Iowa, and if on schedule, arrives... More
28 October 2017|
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Response from RobbieLincoln | Reviewed this property |
I’m pretty sure that on their website I saw a get off/get on option for additional money. Google the CA Zephyr train schedule; from CA eastbound, the stops towards the end of the day where you could get a hotel would be Reno... More