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California Zephyr

+1 800-872-7245
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Not what I was hoping for....

My husband & I were very excited for this trip. We traveled from Emeryville to Denver. Since it... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
California Zephyr EMY-Chicago

My Dad and I did the Zephyr in one trip, Emeryville, CA to Chicago. We actually ended up traveling... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dustin C
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Since 1949 this Amtrak train has taken travelers on scenic rides between Roseville, IL and Oakland, CA.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband & I were very excited for this trip. We traveled from Emeryville to Denver. Since it was just one over-night, we opted for the coach seats rather than spend the money on a sleeper. I have read in reviews that this train can...More

Thank mmgm
Reviewed 1 week ago

My Dad and I did the Zephyr in one trip, Emeryville, CA to Chicago. We actually ended up traveling all the way to NYC but this is about the Zephyr. The train leaves EMY at 0910hrs and makes around 30 stops on the way to...More

5  Thank Dustin C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am writing this to express my frustration with the boarding process/procedure on your train at the Denver Union Station. Baggage Check: When we purchased our ticket we were told on the phone that we had to arrive 1 hour prior to departure to check...More

1  Thank DaveAndAudrey
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived in Chicago early so went to Union station to see if we could drop of our bags. After seeing several people, we were directed to the appropriate lounge in the station where the staff were very helpful. Boarding was a bit like a...More

2  Thank Stamrish1
Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed riding the California Zephyr from Emeryville (across the bay from San Francisco) to Chicago. We had originally booked reserved coach seats, but when we got to the station to check in, we were able to upgrade to a roomette for $300. This...More

1  Thank mcas1937
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Since I benefited from the advice of others when planning our trip, hopefully this information will be helpful for another family. We embarked on the California Zephyr line from Chicago to San Francisco in early July. We booked a family room in one of the...More

9  Thank G0ldenTraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

California Zypher is an Amtrak train connecting emeryville ( San Francisco) to Chicago ( Union) Stn. It is a 51 hrs journey through the countryside and the Rocky mountains. It winds along the great Colorado river for about 250 miles. It offer great sight seeing...More

3  Thank simanup
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

America as only seen from a train. Our first trip was on the Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle. It was a great trip. I was surprised how good all the meals were. The scenery was boring as we traveled through ND and Eastern MT...More

4  Thank 685alany
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We boarded the Zephyr in Sacramento on June 27, 2017. The train was about an hour and half late due to its having to stop in Martinez to stock up on food for the long trip. The trip through the Sierra's was beautiful and we...More

3  Thank DOuglasW_11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It has been exactly one month ago (May 27, 2017) that my daughter and I boarded the California Zephyr for our cross country adventure by train. We left Chicago right on time and headed west. The train was a little old (but younger than me)...More

7  Thank johnnyappleseed
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Bill M
27 June 2017|
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Response from suebhoney | Reviewed this property |
Get a handicapped bedriom.
Bill M
9 June 2017|
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Response from chasinUpstateNewYork | Reviewed this property |
There are two or three (that I noticed) name brand hotels within walking distance of the station in Emeryville. IF you are worried about missing a rental car connection, consider a reservation at an adjacent hotel for your... More
Tom C
6 June 2017|
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Response from Shakamaker | Reviewed this property |
Amtrak Thruway Bus connects with the the Zephyr outside the Emeryville station and does several drop offs in downtown San Francisco including Pier 39 and Fishermans Wharf. When I caught it a few years ago it was included in... More