Train to California from Ohio – The Most Scenic Route

I have had this on my list for a long time! If you are planning to do this, please let me know in the comments how your experience was.

Taking a train to California from Ohio will be something you will never forget, 418,203 passengers have taken this route, if you are of them please comment below with your experience.

Let’s look at some potential routes, costs and travel time, should we?

If you are planning to take a train from Ohio, there are three main cities where you can do it from.
You can get on board in Cleveland, Toledo and/or Cincinnati.

All on board!


Leaving Cleveland with the final destination in Sacramento will take a total travel time of about 62 hours and you will transfer in Chicago, IL.

From there you will head towards Sacramento, CA, through Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and a good portion of California.

The case study was made on AmTrak and the ticket cost could range anywhere from $180 to $740.

As you may know, AmTrak offers 5 ways of traveling by train.

The cheapest one, called Saver will cost around $180 and requires an advance purchase and it is refundable in the first 24 hours of purchase.

The second package is called Value, the difference is that you can cancel up to 15 days after purchase. It cost about $230.

Third one, Flexible,

Forth, called Business, comes with the same benefits as Flexible but your seat has more legroom and you will have drinks available. Not available for this specific route.

Fifth and the last, it's the most expensive one, about $880, Premium package which includes a different travel experience, food included, sleeping accommodations, and very flexible cancellation policy.

Now keep in mind that these prices are subject to change without notice, anytime. These are just for the general idea.

Ready to book your trip? Buy your tickets here!

On this particular route you are gonna be on the board of Amtrak’s longest daily route, the track that starts from Chicago and ends in the San Francisco Bay Area has exactly 2,438 miles.
It offers one of the most beautiful sights over the Colorado River, Rocky Mountains.


Still not yet decided if you should get a train to California from Ohio?

Let me give you one more reason.
As soon as you reach Salt Lake City, the Zephyr will beautifully follows Interstate 80, you will be riding along the south shore of the Great Salt lake and right across the Bonneville Salt Flats.

I really hope you will get back and let us know how your trip was, don’t forget to buy your tickets!