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California Zephyr
Chicago - Denver - Emeryville, CA (San Francisco) California Zephyr Route Map
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Recent Trip Survey.
From Towering Skyscrapers to the Golden Gate

Experienced travelers say the California Zephyr is one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. As you climb through the heart of the Rockies, and further west through the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, you may find it hard to disagree.

The Zephyr runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco, coursing through the plains of Nebraska to Denver, across the Rockies to Salt Lake City, and then through Reno and Sacramento into Emeryville/San Francisco.

Reserve a spacious coach seat for your journey or, for a more luxurious experience, reserve a roomette or bedroom in one of the Superliner sleeping cars.

Scenic highlights include:

  • Rocky Mountains
  • Sierra Nevadas
  • Moffat Tunnel
  • Colorado's Gore, Byers and Glenwood Canyons
  • Winter Park
  • Truckee River
  • Donner Lake
  • San Pablo Bay and the Carquinez Strait

The California Zephyr connects to San Francisco and Oakland stations via Thruway Motorcoach Service at Emeryville, California.

For more information, please download the California Zephyr Route Guide.

Trails & Rails

The California Zephyr takes part in Trails & Rails, an innovative partnership program between Amtrak and the National Park Service. This program provides educational opportunities to Amtrak passengers for the purpose of fostering appreciation of America's natural and cultural heritage. More information is available at the Trails & Rails Partnership web site.

At a Glance
  California Zephyr
Train Numbers
  5, 6
  Reserved Coach Seat
Superliner Lower Level Coach Seats
Superliner Roomette
Superliner Accessible Bedroom
Superliner Bedroom Suite
Family Bedroom
  Note: Not all trains offer all of the accommodation types.
Length of Trip
  51 hours 20 Minutes
  Sightseer Lounge Car, Dining Car, Checked Baggage, Non-Smoking
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Stations Served
Chicago - Union Station, IL (CHI)
Naperville, IL (NPV)
Princeton, IL (PCT)
Galesburg, IL (GBB)
Burlington, IA (BRL)
Mt. Pleasant, IA (MTP)
Ottumwa, IA (OTM)
Osceola, IA (OSC)
Creston, IA (CRN)
Omaha, NE (OMA)
Lincoln, NE (LNK)
Hastings, NE (HAS)
Holdrege, NE (HLD)
McCook, NE (MCK)
Fort Morgan, CO (FMG)
Denver - Union Station, CO (DEN)
Fraser, CO (WIP)
Granby, CO (GRA)
Glenwood Springs, CO (GSC)
Grand Junction, CO (GJT)
Green River, UT (GRI)
Helper, UT (HER)
Provo, UT (PRO)
Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)
Elko, NV (ELK)
Winnemucca, NV (WNN)
Sparks, NV (SPR)
Reno, NV (RNO)
Truckee, CA (TRU)
Colfax, CA (COX)
Roseville, CA (RSV)
Sacramento, CA (SAC)
Davis, CA (DAV)
Martinez, CA (MTZ)
Emeryville, CA (EMY)
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