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California Zephyr

CA
+1 800-872-7245
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Best views of the Rockies ever

We took Amtrak's California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco. We stayed in a Roomette so all... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
TomA15
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San Antonio, Texas
Here’s your chance to see the Rockies

I ride all types of trains frequently, and many people tell me they want to ride through the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Andrew T
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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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 3 days ago

We took Amtrak's California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco. We stayed in a Roomette so all meals were complementary as was access to the airport style Lounge in Chicago. The train arrived early in Denver, so we had time to do some limited exploring....More

2  Thank TomA15
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I ride all types of trains frequently, and many people tell me they want to ride through the Rockies on a train. I’ve done this a few ways — some very expensive (but well worth it). Then there’s the California Zephyr ... a relatively inexpensive...More

2  Thank Andrew T
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I took the zephyr from Denver to San Franscisco (bussed from Emmeryville to San Francisco). Greatly impressed with scenery that you'll only see by train. Sierra Nevada's still had snow and were just beautiful. Seats have plenty of room. I did not pay for the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I had discussed taking this trip years ago and finally decided to do it. I will say it is something to check off your bucket list someday. The accommodations are a bit tight in the bedroom if you have room A do...More

1  Thank Sraym
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I found the ride long and hard, but because of my body. The employees-every one I met were polite, courteous, friendly and helpful. It was a better experience than I had hoped for. Now there is a4 hour delay from Iowa tree down, but that...More

4  Thank Darrilyn T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are so many horrible things I can barely decide where to start.. First our train was delayed 3 and a half hours, which meant we sat on a tiny little bench from 4:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. When we finally boarded our train we...More

4  Thank mar0sa98
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Travelled on California Zephyr train from Chicago to San Francisco in May 2018. We had never done an overnight train journey before but decided it would be a fun adventure. We didn’t expect luxury and spending 2 nights in bunk beds was certainly an adventure!...More

6  Thank Car103
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our Amtrak trip started when we were called to board our train at the Chicago Metropolitan Lounge. This is equivalent to and airline lounge or club at an airport. We walked over to our track and down to our sleeper car. There our sleeping car...More

10  Thank rwdw
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a trip from Union Station in Denver to Glenwood Springs CO. Scenery was out of this world. Passed through 20+tunnels and oh yeah, the seats were so comfortable and the staff full of interesting information

2  Thank kaybee20
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After much research and anticipation, we finally left on our first long distance train journey. It started with a late night boarding in Kentucky on the Cardinal to Chicago in coach. Arrival was on time in Chicago Union Station, giving us about 4 hours to...More

5  Thank nana219
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518kelly
June 9, 2018|
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Response from RonH43026 | Reviewed this property |
It will very likely save you some money if you purchase multi-city tickets rather than buy individual tickets between the three cities. As long as you know your travel dates and what cities, plug them in on Amtrak's online... More
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Angelacula
May 28, 2018|
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While there is some in-car storage racks available (not in your room) in the sleeper cars, you'll do yourself a favor by just checking the bags in at Chicago and letting Amtrak handle them and just claim them in Emeryville... More
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Cynthia M
May 25, 2018|
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Response from RonH43026 | Reviewed this property |
There are some smooth areas however I would say that there is a moderate amount of swaying and the occasional bounce down the tracks. Kind of depends on how well the tracks are maintained (which are owned and maintained by... More
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