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California Zephyr

Rail Journey - from £118

Chicago | Omaha | Denver | Salt Lake City | San Francisco

The Zephyr runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco, coursing through the plains of Nebraska to Denver, across the Rockies to Salt Lake City and then through Reno and Sacramento into Emeryville/San Francisco.

  • Comfortable reclining seats
  • Free WiFi onboard
  • Dining car for refreshments
  • Air-conditioned carriages

Your Rail Journey

Experienced travellers say the California Zephyr is one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. As you climb through the heart of the Rockies and further west through the snow-capped Sierra Nevada’s, you may find it hard to disagree.

Coach Class Travel

Coach Class travel is an economical way to travel from Chicago to San Francisco whilst taking in the beautiful scenery along the way. Coach Class seats include:

  • Wide, comfortable reclining seats
  • Ample legroom for your comfort
  • A fold-down tray for dining
  • Individual reading light
  • Electrical sockets right at your seat

Roomettes & Bedrooms

Roomettes and Bedrooms are ideal for one to four passengers, with comfortable seats on either side of a big picture window. At night, the seats convert to comfortable beds and upper berths fold down from above. Roomettes and Bedrooms include:

  • Meals and bottled water
  • Electrical outlets
  • Climate control
  • Individual reading lights
  • Fresh towels and bed linens
  • Soap and shower amenities
  • Personal service (turn-down, coffee, make-up bed)

Dining Onboard

Onboard the California Zephyr, full food service is available throughout the day in the Lounge and Dining Cars, featuring table seating. Foodservice is normally available from early morning until late evening. On these cars, there is also a variety of pick up and go style foods, including sandwiches, pizza, snacks and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Chicago to San Francisco (Daily)

Departs: 14:00
Arrives: 16:10 (+2 days)

San Francisco to Chicago (Daily)

Departs: 09:10
Arrives: 14:50 (+2 days)

Rail Journey - from £118


  • Upgrade to a Roomette from £329
  • Upgrade to a Bedroom from £779

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Note: connections into San Francisco and Oakland stations via Thruway Bus Service at Emeryville, California. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply. Schedules may vary for journeys departing from 1 April 2020 onwards.

California Zephyr Map


Travel in style between America’s great cities, soaking in the scenery on the way. These great rail journeys are a spectacular alternative to flying as you travel between two centres.

Coach & Business Class
Coach Class seats are wide, comfortable, recline and have plenty of legroom for you to stretch out. The carriages are air-conditioned with large windows perfect for viewing the wonderful scenery.

Sleeper Cabins
Available on long distance rail journeys, Sleeper cabins are the perfect way to get some sleep whilst you travel. Cabins range from roomettes suitable for two passengers to bedroom suites that can fit four, a great option for families.

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