Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Tips for Easy Holiday Travel

November 2, 2017

Thanksgiving is the busiest travel period for the Capitol Corridor. To ensure that your ride is as comfortable and stress-free as possible, here are some travel tips to keep in mind for the holidays:


  • Book tickets online in advance! Many connecting buses require reservations, and they sell out fast. See our News article for details about additional bus trips scheduled to and from Cal Poly, Chico State, and Humboldt State.
  • Avoid the rush by scheduling your travel, if possible, on days other than the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. Keep in mind that Capitol Corridor will operate on its Weekend/Holiday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, and on Friday, November 24.
  • If you’ve booked online, be sure to either print out your ticket or have it pulled up on your phone so you’re ready to show it to the conductor as soon as he or she comes around.
  • Be sure to have your ticket confirmation with you when you board a bus. Unreserved travelers may not be accommodated on their first choice bus connection.
  • Carry a valid, government-issued photo I.D. with you at all times.


  • Be aware of Amtrak’s Baggage Policy. You may bring two pieces of luggage and two carry-on personal items, collectively weighing up to 150 pounds, for free. Excess baggage will cost $20.
  • Capitol Corridor does not have checked baggage service. Please store your larger bags in the baggage storage areas near the entrance doors, and keep seats clear by putting smaller, personal items either under your seat or in the overhead racks.
  • If you have a bicycle, be sure it is secured in the storage area of a bike car or to one of the lower level bike racks. Make sure that your bike is locked (ideally with a U-Lock) and that it is not blocking an aisle way. Read the Bikes on Board section of our website for more information about bringing your bicycle on a Capitol Corridor train.


  • Arrive at the station early so you don’t miss your train – parking will be harder to find and ticket lines (if you didn’t book in advance!) will be longer.
  • For everyone’s safety, when waiting for the train be sure to stay behind the yellow line and be patient while others board the train and bus.
  • If you move to a different seat during the trip, remember to take the seat check the conductor placed above your seat with you so he/she knows you’ve already been “checked in.”
  • Sit back and enjoy the ride with our free Wi-Fi and fully-stocked Cafe Car along with our new menu!For more information about riding on the Capitol Corridor, download the Capitol Corridor Ride Guide & Travel Policies.