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First Time Rider

Planning your first trip on Capitol Corridor?

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your trip.

This information is useful whether you are planning a fun trip for yourself, or if you are considering using Capitol Corridor to get to work.

Buying Tickets

We offer three types of tickets: single ride, ten-ride/45-day pass, and monthly pass. You can buy tickets online (use the Buy Tickets form at right), at the station from a Quik Trak machine, from a station agent, or if you are boarding at an unstaffed station, you can also buy your ticket onboard from the conductor. Current fares >

Connecting Buses

Together with Amtrak, Capitol Corridor operates several dedicated motorcoach bus routes that connect you from the train to areas throughout California and even to Nevada and Oregon. See Motorcoach Routes >


At most stations, all train doors, except those on the Café Car, will open for passenger boarding. Some platforms are too short for all doors to open, so look for a conductor on the platform who will guide you to an open door. Café Cars are designated by a fork/knife/spoon symbol near the door and is usually the center car. Please remember to stand back from the yellow line as the train pulls in to the station. We suggest arriving at stations at least 10-15 minutes prior to the departure time, especially if you may require some assistance boarding.

"Unreserved" Seating

Capitol Corridor does not have reserved seating - instead, we offer Open Seating. All customers are seated on a first-come first-served basis. There is room for bicycles, wheelchairs and strollers on each car and the conductor will be happy to assist you in finding a seat if you are unable to find one.

On Board

Stairs lead to the upper level seating. Seats on the lower level are reserved for seniors and our mobility-impaired passengers. Please have your ticket and valid photo ID out and ready for the conductor to collect. The conductor will give you a seat check and place it in the slot above your seat. If you wish to move, please take the seat check with you. See Accessibility >

Baggage and other items

Capitol Corridor trains offer overhead compartments and racks at the ends of the cars for you to store your personal items. Please leave the seat next to you clear for other passengers. The overhead compartments on our trains are not as tall as those on airplanes. See Luggage >

Sign up for Capitol Corridor's E-Updates

Want to stay current with Capitol Corridor? Capitol Corridor has teamed up with GovDelivery to provide subscription-based email and SMS updates that can deliver important Capitol Corridor news directly to your computer or wireless device. Learn more about our E-Update program >

Checking on Train Status

All stations have electronic message signs at the platform that provide ETA information for trains. You can also check on train status via phone (1-877-9-RIDECC, 1-877-974-3322) or the internet. Check Train Status >

Connecting to Local Transit?

Capitol Corridor offers Transit Transfers that allow you to ride connecting buses and light rail free. Ask your conductor for the free transfers (limit two per passenger). Valid aboard participating connecting services such as Sacramento RT, AC Transit, Santa Clara VTA, Davis Unitrans and others. See Transit Transfers >

Connecting to BART?

Capitol Corridor offers connections to BART at both the Richmond and Oakland Coliseum stations. At Richmond, go down to the shared BART concourse area to transfer to and from the Capitol Corridor. At Oakland Coliseum, the Capitol Corridor platform is between the Coliseum sports/entertainment facilities and the BART station--use the pedestrian walkway to travel between trains. Discounted BART tickets ($10 tickets for $8) are available for sale at the Café Car on Capitol Corridor trains. See BART Connections >

Amtrak Rewards Program

With Amtrak Guest Rewards® you can earn points which are redeemable for free Amtrak® travel, gift certificates at leading retailers and restaurants, airline miles and more. Visit the Amtrak Guest Rewards website >


Parking facilities are provided by the local municipality and availability and fees vary from station to station. Some lots offer discounts for frequent travelers. See Stations >