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Your Connection to California

Whether you are looking for excitement or relaxation, Amtrak San Joaquins is your Connection to California.


We’ll help you explore the state, with 18 train stations from Los Angeles to Sacramento and the Bay Area, and bus connections to 135 destinations in California and Nevada, including Yosemite, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Napa Valley, Las Vegas and Reno.


Don’t know where to go? Read our trip ideas below. Be sure to check out organizations we partner with and their San Joaquins rider discounts.

Want to plan an adventure? Check out our trip ideas below.


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Thruway Bus Route 1C

Amtrak San Joaquins’ Route 1C is your connection to adventure—from Bakersfield all the way to Santa Monica

Thruway Bus Route 10

Amtrak San Joaquins’ Route 10 is your connection to adventure—from Santa Barbara all the way to Las Vegas.

Thruway Bus Homepage

Our buses pick up where the train tracks leave off and take you to some of the most beautiful, unique and fun places in California—and Las Vegas! Relax and let us drive you to destinations like Napa, Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and SLO—with free Wi-Fi, air-conditioned cabins, bathrooms on board, and outlets at every seat.

Thruway Bus Route 19

From Pasadena to Riverside to Big Bear Lake and beyond, the Inland Empire features plenty of hidden gems.

Thruway Bus Route 18

Wine tasting, whale watching and the best classic ice cream you’ve ever had are just a few things you can expect along Amtrak San Joaquins’ Route 18.

Thruway Bus Route 3

From the State Capitol to beautiful botanical gardens and wildlife reserves, Route 3 has something for everyone.

Thruway Bus Route 7

Route 7 is one of the most exciting routes the San Joaquins has to offer. With 19 convenient stops, you can explore some of the best parks and nature reserves, wineries, restaurants, and attractions in Northern California.
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

With iconic waterfalls, giant sequoias and awe-inspiring cliffs, Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the country. No matter the time of year, there’s something to see, like the blooming wildflowers in the spring or the Horsetail Firefall in the winter.
Graffiti art in Oakland

Oakland Jack London Square

Discover Oakland’s waterfront and enjoy shows, festivals, dining, shopping and the Chabot Space & Science Center.
The Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco

Known as one of the most eclectic cities in the nation, the adventures are unlimited with all the attractions the city offers.
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