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California Zephyr - The Chicago to San Francisco train, which takes three days to travel. Experience the beauty of the Colorado Rockies, Ruby Canyon, Sierra Nevada Mountains and more.



California Zephyr

The California Zephyr is one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. Whether thundering across the plains, climbing through the heart of the Rockies or just gazing at the tumbleweed blowing across the sun seared desert, it’s an unforgettable experience.

You’ll need to allocate some time; and we mean more time than hurtling across the States at 600 miles per hour. This is a leisure trip. A travel medium that has transported millions of people safely, securely and comfortably for decades from one side of the North American continent to another and the many hundreds of cities in-between. A trip where you don’t need to fasten your seatbelt before departure; you don’t even need to be sitting down!

A trip where you can gaze out of the window at the ever changing scenery or let your eyes close and enjoy a nap to the distant hum of the mighty diesels. Perhaps you might wander along to the lounge car and sip a cool drink whilst you read or chat to your fellow travellers; maybe the steward will have tonight’s menu ready for your perusal.

Fifty one hours and twenty minutes that you will never forget. That’s the time it takes the Zephyr to travel from Chicago to San Francisco. Between these legendary cities, from the vast expanses of the Great Plains to the humbling crags of the towering Rocky Mountains, the heart of America is laid before you. Superlatives to capture your attention are really unnecessary; this is truly a unique experience.

Mother Nature has many feasts for us to enjoy in the world; you will savour this one for a lifetime.

California Zephyr Information



The Dining Car on Amtrak's California Zephyr
California Zephyr Dining Car

Scenic highlights include

  • The Rocky Mountains
  • Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • The Moffat Tunnel
  • Colorado's Gore Range
  • Byers and Glenwood Canyons
  • Ruby Canyon
  • Winter Park
  • Truckee River
  • Donner Lake
  • San Pablo Bay and the Carquinez Strait

The California Zephyr Route Map


California Zephyr Route Map
Amtrak's California Zephyr Experience Route Map

Rail Journeys on The California Zephyr

America’s Beautiful West

El Capitan in Yosemite National Park Travel aboard the iconic Southwest Chief and California Zephyr and incredible sightseeing including the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park, Sacramento, and San Francisco are highlights of this escorted rail tour through America’s western frontier.
14 Days From: £1,737
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National Parks of the West

St. Mary Lake - Glacier National Park Six National Parks are the hallmark of this exciting escorted rail tour through America’s heartland. Enjoy visits to Glacier National Park and the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and Waterton Lake National Park in Canada.
14 Days From: £1,979
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Yellowstone & Glacier Adventure By Rail

Elk in Yellowstone National Park Travel aboard the legendary California Zephyr and visits to three National Parks are highlights of this escorted rail holiday. Your tour takes you to Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole and Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks.
11 Days From: £1,587
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Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Mt. Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota America’s frontier towns await you on your western rail adventure to Salt Lake City, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Badlands National Parks, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Mt. Rushmore. Highlights include travel aboard the iconic California Zephyr and the Heber Valley and Black Hills Central Railroad tourist trains.
11 days From: £1,499
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California Zephyr Experience with Yellowstone

Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park This exciting rail-drive holiday combines one of the most scenic rail routes in the U.S. with a stay in America’s first National Park, Yellowstone.
8 days From: From £898
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Classic Coast to Coast

Amtrak's California Zephyr through the Sierra Nevada Mountains This exciting rail holiday begins in New York City and ends in the “City by the Bay,” San Francisco. In addition to exciting city stays in each destination, highlights of the trip include travel aboard two famous trains, the Lake Shore Limited from New York to Chicago and the California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco.
6 days From: From £399
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Great Parks of the Southwest

Grand Canyon Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef and Arches National Parks and Dead Horse Point State Park. This is a southwestern adventure to remember!
11 Days From: £1,477
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  1. Train Tickets
  2. Schedule
  3. Amenities
  4. Accommodations
  5. Train Carriages

Train Tickets


Sample City Pairs
Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA
Chicago, IL to Denver, CO
Denver, CO to Salt Lake City, UT
Denver, CO to Reno, NV
Denver, CO to San Francisco, CA

California Zephyr Schedule


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Amenities

Meals

All meals on the train for roomette and cabin passengers are included in the price. Full-course meals, snacks, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages are always available for additional purchase. The meals on board are generally of a high quality. Significantly better than airline food and the view is incomparable! The tables are set with linen and china and metal – not plastic – cutlery.

Baggage

Carry-on (per traveller):
  • Maximum 2 pieces
  • Maximum dimensions of each carry-on: 71 x 55 x 35 cm (28 x 22 x 14 in.)
  • Maximum weight of each carry-on: 23 kg (50 lb.)
Checked baggage (per traveller): You cannot access checked bags until the conclusion of your trip.
  • Maximum 3 pieces (there is no excess baggage provision)
  • Maximum dimensions: 90 x 90 x 90 cm (36 x 36 x 36 in)
  • Maximum weight: Up to 23 kg (50 lb.)

Smoking policy

Amtrak trains are non-smoking. You may smoke on station platforms at longer stops only when this is announced by train crews. Smoking elsewhere and at other times is not allowed. Smoking is only allowed at longer stops at the discretion of the train crew.

You must remain nearby the train and be ready to re-board immediately upon hearing the sound of the locomotive horn and the call by the conductor for ‘All Aboard.’

Accommodations

Coach class seating

Each seat has an individually controlled overhead reading lamp and fold-down trays. There is room for your luggage in overhead racks and well-appointed restrooms within the car.

Coach class seats recline approximately 35 degrees for sleeping and are spacious with substantial legroom; comparable with business class on an airplane.

There are 120v power sockets for laptops (but no Internet access) and mobile phones at each seat and drinking water is available in each coach. Pillows are provided at night, and you can either bring a blanket or buy an Amtrak blanket in the station or on board.

  • Big, comfortable seats
  • Fold-down trays
  • Individual reading lamps
  • Ample legroom
  • Space to walk around and stretch your legs

Amtrak Coach Class
Coach Class Seat on an Amtrak Superliner

Coach Class Day
Coach Class Seat



Superliner Roomette class:

The Superliner Roomette is ideal for one or two passengers, with two comfortable reclining seats on either side of a big picture window. At night, the two seats convert into a comfortable bed and an upper berth folds down from above. Roomettes are located on both upper and lower levels of our double-decker Superliner train cars.

There is storage capacity in the roomette for two small tote bags. Unsecured storage for luggage is on the lower level of the train car.

  • Room dimensions: 3'6" x 6'8"
  • Lower berth size: 2'4" x 6'6"
  • Upper berth size: 2'0" x 6'0"
  • Meals included
  • First Class status
  • Picture window
  • Two reclining seats which convert to a bed; upper berth which folds down from wall
  • Available on both upper and lower levels of the Superliner
  • Restrooms and showers are nearby in the same train car
  • Electrical outlets
  • Temperature control
  • Individual reading lights
  • Clothes rack
  • Fold-down table
  • Fresh towels and bed linens
  • Soap and shower amenities
  • Personal service (turn-down, coffee, make-up bed)
  • Bottled water
  • Daily newspaper

Roomette during the day
Superliner Roomette during the day

Roomette at night
Superliner Roomette at night



Superliner Bedroom class:

The Superliner Bedroom is ideal for two passengers (but can accommodate two adults and a small child). Each room has a large sofa with two individually reclining sections, and a reclining easy chair. At night, the sofa converts to a comfortable bed and an upper berth folds down from above. All Superliner Bedrooms feature private, self-enclosed restrooms with toilet, sink and shower. All Bedrooms are located on the upper level of our double-decker Superliner train cars.

There is storage capacity for two regular suitcases.

  • Total room dimensions: 6'6" x 7'6"
  • Lower berth dimensions: 3'4" x 6'3"
  • Upper berth dimensions: 2'4" x 6'2"
  • Meals included
  • First Class status
  • Superb comfort for two passengers
  • Large picture window
  • Upper and lower berths
  • Armchair and couch (converts to lower berth)
  • Private sink, vanity, private toilet and shower
  • Electrical outlets
  • Temperature control
  • Individual reading lights
  • Clothes rack
  • Fold-down table
  • Fresh towels and bed linens
  • Soap and shower amenities
  • Personal service (turn-down, coffee, tea, make-up bed)
  • Bottled water
  • Daily newspaper

Bedroom during day
Superliner Bedroom during the day

Bedroom at night
Superliner Bedroom at night



Superliner Bedroom Suite:

The Superliner Bedroom Suite is made up of two Superliner Bedrooms opened up and combined together. The Suite is designed for four passengers (but can accommodate up to six). The suite offers two private, self-enclosed toilets and showers in the cabin.

There is storage capacity for four regular suitcases.

  • Total room dimensions (each room): 6'6" x 7'6"
  • Lower berth dimensions (each room): 3'4" x 6'3"
  • Upper berth dimensions (each room): 2'4" x 6'2"
  • Meals included
  • First Class status
  • Superb comfort for two passengers
  • Large picture window
  • Upper and lower berths
  • Armchair and couch (converts to lower berth)
  • Private sink, vanity, private toilet and shower
  • Electrical outlets
  • Temperature control
  • Individual reading lights
  • Clothes rack
  • Fold-down table
  • Fresh towels and bed linens
  • Soap and shower amenities
  • Personal service (turn-down, coffee, tea, make-up bed)
  • Bottled water
  • Daily newspaper

Bedroom during day
Superliner Bedroom during the day

Bedroom at night
Superliner Bedroom at night

Superliner Family Bedroom:

The Family Bedroom spans the entire width of the car and has two picture windows. The sofa and two reclining seats convert to beds and the two upper berths fold down from above. Located on the lower level of Superliner sleeping cars, these bedrooms include two adult-sized berths and two child-sized berths.

There is storage capacity for two to three regular suitcases.

  • Total room dimensions: 5'2" x 9'5"
  • Lower berth dimensions (Adult): 3'4" x 6'3"
  • Upper berth dimensions (Adult): 2'4" x 6'2"
  • Lower berth dimensions (Child): 2'3" x 4'9"
  • Upper berth dimensions (Child): 2'0" x 4'7"
  • Meals included
  • First Class status
  • Space for up to two adults and two children
  • Large picture window
  • Upper and lower berths
  • Sofa (converts to lower berth)
  • Two reclining seats (convert to a bed)
  • Electrical outlets
  • Temperature control
  • Individual reading lights
  • Clothes rack
  • Fold-down table
  • Fresh towels and bed linens
  • Soap and shower amenities
  • Personal service (turn-down, coffee, tea, make-up bed)
  • Bottled water
  • Daily newspaper

Family Bedroom during day
Superliner Family Bedroom during the day

Family Bedroom at night
Superliner Family Bedroom at night

Train Carriages

The Zephyr carriages are double decker. The smaller two berth roomettes and larger two to three berth bedrooms are on the upper deck, whilst the lower deck has additional roomettes, a family bedroom and a bedroom with wheelchair access. The bedrooms have a private shower and toilet, for roomette passengers there are toilets on both upper and lower decks, and a hot shower on the lower deck.

Coach Carriage

Cars have large, comfortable Coach seats on both upper and lower levels. They also recline, feature foot and leg rests, individual reading lights, fold-down trays and overhead luggage racks. Plus, you’ll enjoy the panoramic views from the oversized windows throughout the car.

Coach Carriage

Lounge Carriage

With oversized windows, you can soak in the countryside and meet new friends in the Sightseer Lounge car. When you’re ready for a bite to eat, head to the lower level for sandwiches, snacks, beverages and souvenirs. This car is so much fun, you might not want to return to your seat.

Lounge Carriage

Dining Carriage

The Dining car offers a truly unique culinary experience. Restaurant-style meals. Impressive views. All on the upper level of a train. The menu features a wide array of breakfast, lunch and dinner entrées, including vegetarian dishes.

Dining Carriage

Sleeper Carriage

The Bedroom offers two adult berths, in-room sink, toilet and shower. The Family Bedroom has two adult berths and two children’s berths. Public restrooms and showers are nearby for the convenience of Family Bedroom and Roomette passengers. The Accessible Bedroom has extra wheelchair space and a curtained-off area with in-room sink and toilet. All Sleeping car passengers are entitled to complimentary Dining car meals, bottled water, coffee, juice, fresh linens, bedding, towels, washcloths and soap.

Sleeper Carriage

Great Rail Journeys

Industry Awards

British Travel Awards Winner 2013 Best Small Holidays By Train Tour Operator
British Travel Awards Winner 2012 Best Small Holidays By Train Tour Operator
TravelMole Web Awards UK 2012 Winner

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