There are 5 ways to get from Sacramento to Salinas by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Sacramento Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak Coast Starlight

$40 - $100

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Night bus  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Take the night bus from Sacramento to Salinas FlixBus

$8 - $17

3 alternative options

Bus  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Oakland, Ca 8309 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Salinas, Ca 6725 / ...

$32 - $72

Drive  •  3 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Sacramento to Salinas 174.5 miles

$17 - $25

Fly  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to Monterey (MRY) SMF - MRY

$164 - $606

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The cheapest way to get from Sacramento to Salinas is to night bus which costs $8 - $17 and takes 4 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sacramento to Salinas is to drive which costs $17 - $25 and takes 3 h 1 min.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Sacramento and arriving at Salinas. This bus operates Wednesday and Thursday. The journey takes approximately 4 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Sacramento Amtrak and arriving at Salinas Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 13 min.

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The distance between Sacramento and Salinas is 133 miles. The road distance is 174.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to Salinas without a car is to train which takes 5 h 13 min and costs $40 - $100.

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The train from Sacramento Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak takes 5 h 13 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Sacramento to Salinas bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Sacramento, Ca station.

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Sacramento to Salinas train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Sacramento Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to Salinas is to train which takes 5 h 13 min and costs $40 - $100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $75 and takes 5 h 50 min, you could also fly, which costs $160 - $650 and takes 6 h 34 min.

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Map of how to get from Sacramento to Salinas.
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  • Distance: 132.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 13 min

What companies run services between Sacramento, CA, USA and Salinas, CA, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Sacramento to Salinas once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $100 and the journey takes 5 h 13 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Sacramento to Salinas via Oakland, Ca in around 5 h 50 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Sacramento to Monterey via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
Flights from Sacramento to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
Flights from Sacramento to Monterey via San Francisco, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
Flights from Sacramento to Monterey via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Sacramento to Monterey via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Sacramento to Monterey via Los Angeles, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 43 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Sacramento Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$200 - $280
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Bus from Oakland, Ca to Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Night bus from Sacramento to Salinas
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$8 - $17
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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There is no direct flight from Sacramento Airport to Monterey Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Sacramento to Salinas bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Salinas, Ca station.

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Sacramento to Salinas train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Salinas Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sacramento to Salinas is 174 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 1 min to drive from Sacramento to Salinas.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Sacramento Airport to Monterey Airport.

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Book your Sacramento to Salinas bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 166+ hotels available in Salinas. Prices start at $89 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to Sacramento Airport is to bus which takes 12 min and costs $2.

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