Amtrak Thruway

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Amtrak Thruway is a bus network to support Amtrak train routes. Its main functions are to connect cities off the train route (San Francisco and Emeryville, Eureka and Martinez), and to fill service gaps between the Amtrak routes (e.g. Bakersfield and Los Angeles, San Jose and San Luis Obispo). Because Amtrak trains run on tracks mostly owned by private railroads, Amtrak cannot operate trains when and where track capacity is constrained.

By California law, except Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Highway 50 routes, Amtrak bus tickets can only be purchased as a part of a train trip. It is possible to buy a train-bus ticket from Los Angeles to Wasco Station (one stop on the San Joaquin train from Bakersfield) and only take the bus from LA to Bakersfield.

† - Santa Cruz and Monterey routes are regular transit routes that accept Amtrak Thruway tickets.

Statewide train and Thruway bus timetable

Thruway routes

Route Destinations
Amtrak Thruway 10 Bakersfield - Oxnard - Santa Barbara
Amtrak Thruway 12 Bakersfield - Lancaster - Victorville
Amtrak Thruway 17 Santa Barbara - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles - San Jose - San Francisco - Oakland
Amtrak Thruway 19 Bakersfield - Pasadena - San Bernardino - Hemet - Palm Springs - Indio
Amtrak Thruway 1A Bakersfield - Los Angeles Basin - San Diego
Amtrak Thruway 1B Bakersfield - Los Angeles - Long Beach - San Pedro
Amtrak Thruway 1C Bakersfield - Van Nuys - UCLA - El Segundo - Torrance
Amtrak Thruway 20A Sparks - Reno - Truckee - Auburn - Roseville - Sacramento
Amtrak Thruway 20C South Lake Tahoe - Placerville - Sacramento
Amtrak Thruway 3 Redding - Chico - Davis - Sacramento - Stockton
Amtrak Thruway 34 Stockton - Oakland - San Francisco
Amtrak Thruway 39 Fullerton - Palm Springs - Indio
Amtrak Thruway 4 Los Angeles - Oxnard - Santa Barbara
Amtrak Thruway 6 Stockton - San Jose
Amtrak Thruway 68 Salinas - Monterey - Carmel
Amtrak Thruway 7 Martinez - Vallejo - Napa - Santa Rosa - Ukiah - Willits - Eureka - Arcata - McKinleyville
Amtrak Thruway 9 Bakersfield - Barstow - Las Vegas
Amtrak Thruway 99 Emeryville - Oakland - San Francisco
Arizona Shuttle Flagstaff - Phoenix Airport Flagstaff - Phoenix Airport
Commuter Services of Arizona Amtrak Thruway Kingman - Las Vegas
Highway 17 Express Santa Cruz - San Jose Diridon Station (Weekday/weekend) - San Jose State University (Weekday)
MST 55 Amtrak Thruway Express: Monterey Transit Plaza (Weekdays) or Price Fitness Center (Weekend) – San Jose Diridon Station
Orange Belt Stages (Amtrak Thruway) Santa Maria - Hanford, Hanford - Visalia
Porter Stage Lines Coos Bay - Reedsport - Florence - Eugene
Valley Retriever Busline Newport - Salem - Bend/Portland
YARTS Highway 140 Route Merced - Mariposa - Yosemite National Park