Train Treks For Kids
Ride the Capitol Corridor on your next school field trip!
Capitol Corridor's Train Treks program offers discounted train travel for school and youth groups Kindergarten through Grade 12.
Teachers can arrange trips to the best spots in Northern California for a significantly reduced fare
Groups of 20 or more can travel in a convenient, safe, and fun environment while learning about train travel. Seating is first-come, first-serve, so we ask that you submit your reservation request at least 21 days in advance of your desired travel date by completing the Online Group Travel Reservation Request Form.
When planning your trip, please note that one adult chaperone (18 years or older) is required for every six children. The total number of adults can equal, but not exceed, the total number of children traveling. Before submitting your group travel request, please have an accurate count of the number of children and adults who will be traveling. Adjustments to the reservation cannot be made after you receive your confirmation, and you will be required to pay for the seats you have reserved. No refunds are given after tickets are purchased.
For more details on how to plan and set up a Train Treks trip, be sure to read our FAQs.
Fun and Educational Destinations
Capitol Corridor travels along a 170-mile corridor with many destinations to stop and explore! Whether you choose to visit the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, Pier 39 in San Francisco, or the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Train Treks will make your trip convenient and fun. Other locations to consider include:
- Sacramento - Old Town Sacramento, the State Capitol, California State Railroad Museum
- Vallejo (via the Martinez Station) - Six Flags Marine World
- Emeryville/San Francisco - SFMoMA, Pier 39, the Metreon, ZEUM, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena
- Oakland - Jack London Square, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland Museum of California, USS Hornet, the Potomac
- Santa Clara - California's Great America (15-minute walk from the station)
- San Jose - Tech Museum of Innovation, Children's Discovery Museum
Note: Additional transit may be needed to travel to/from some destinations.
Planning Your Trip Is As Easy As 1-2-3!
Confirmed reservations are required for Train Treks travel. Enjoy your trip on the Capitol Corridor!
- Complete the Online Group Travel Reservation Request Form at least 21 days before your intended date of travel. The Capitol Corridor Group Desk will process your application request and notify you within ten business days whether your trip has been confirmed. You will receive a fax and/or email with your reservation number, confirmation documents, and invoice. Please note your trip is not confirmed until you receive confirmation documents.
- Create a Passenger Name List
Along with your confirmation documents, you will be sent a blank Passenger Name List and Trip Finalization Form that you must return to Capitol Corridor/Amtrak prior to your trip. These forms are due 10 days before your date of travel.
- Purchase your tickets
Bring your confirmation letter, invoice, and a copy of your Passenger Name List to any staffed Amtrak station, at least seven days prior to your date of travel to purchase your tickets. Please pay with cash, a credit card or school/ business check made out to "Amtrak." Personal checks are not accepted. Adjustments to the reservation cannot be made after you receive your confirmation. You will be required to pay for the seats you have reserved. No refunds are given after tickets are purchased.
For the Train Treks program, the Capitol Corridor route is broken into three fare zones:
Zone 1: Sacramento to Richmond = $10 roundtrip per person
Zone 2: Richmond to Oakland Coliseum = $3 roundtrip per person
Zone 3: Emeryville to San Francisco = $3 one way per person, $6 roundtrip per person
Zone 4: Oakland Coliseum to San Jose = $3 roundtrip per person
The roundtrip cost per person (adult chaperone and youth) to travel to and from stations within each zone is based upon congestion pricing. Groups are not allowed to travel onboard trains between Auburn and Sacramento.
- Sacramento to San Francisco PIER 39 = $19 per person, roundtrip
- Richmond to San Jose = $6 per person, roundtrip
- Fremont to Sacramento = $16 per person, roundtrip
Box lunches are available for groups of 50 or more passengers. Price is $6.50 each and contain (Current as of October 1, 2015. Pricing and contents subject to change without notice.):
- Half sandwich (turkey and american cheese on wheat bread)
- Goldfish Graham cookies (chocolate or cinnamon)
- Lay's classic potato chips
- Naturally sweetened applesauce
- Box juice drink (assorted flavors)
Select downloadable Train Treks information and forms from the menu above.
Train Treks Restrictions
Train Treks offer is subject to space availability and is only available on Capitol Corridor trains and is not valid on any other Amtrak service. Train Treks rates cannot be combined with any other promotional discount or offer. Offer may be cancelled at any time without notice. This offer is available only through Capitol Corridor's Group Reservation system using the procedures outlined above.
Space for Train Treks groups is limited and continually reviewed throughout the year against current ridership. Trains that do not accommodate Group Travel include #521, #522, #523, #525, #529, #536, #538, #540, and #542. Train #543 does not accommodate group travel on Fridays. This list may change without notice.
2016 Blackout Dates:
February 12, February 15, 2016
March 24-25, March 28, 2016
Valid for sale Dec 8, 2015 - June 7, 2016
Valid for travel Dec 29, 2015 - June 30, 2016
2016 - 2017 Blackout Dates:
July 4, 2016
September 2 and 5, 2016
October 10, 2016
November 22-23, November 26-28, 2016
December 21, 2016 - January 2, 2017
February 17 and 20, 2017
April 13-14, April 17, 2017
May 26, May 29, 2017
Valid for sale June 9, 2016 to June 9, 2017
Valid for travel July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Group Travel Changes for 2015-2016:
In July 2015, Capitol Corridor reduced the number of cars on certain trains with lower ridership to improve operational and cost efficiencies (see News story). Due to this change, Group Travel space limits on some trains were reduced, to ensure a comfortable ride for regular riders as well as groups. Under the new group travel space limits, most trains are unable to carry groups larger than 60-75 passengers.
We will continue to review reservation requests individually to determine whether or not there is space available for your group, based upon the latest ridership data. However, please note that if you have traveled with a large group in past years, you may need to do one of the following: reduce your group size, break the group into two separate days, or find alternative transportation.
Travel on bus connections between Emeryville and San Francisco is now limited due to May 1, 2016 service changes. We recommend connecting to BART at Richmond or Oakland Coliseum to get to San Francisco. BART offers group ticket rates for school-sponsored field trips.