Group Travel In Northern California
Schools, community groups, senior centers, alumni groups and service clubs are all discovering that we offer a fast, convenient way to travel in Northern California.
Groups of 20 Passengers or More
If you are planning to travel with a group of 20 or more passengers, you are eligible for a group discount of 30% off the full fare ticket price. Due to space restrictions, groups of 20 or more traveling together must make an advance reservation with the Capitol Corridor Group Desk. You must make your reservation request at least 21 days in advance of your travel date by completing the Online Group Travel Reservation Request Form.
Teachers, please refer to our Train Treks for Kids program for your classroom field trip.
Complete the Online Group Travel Reservation Request Form
Complete the form and if your travel is approved for the requested date, you will receive a reservation number and confirmation letter via fax or email within 10 business days. Please provide an alternate date on the Group Reservation Request Form in case your first choice is denied. After submitting the request form, adjustments cannot be made; a new request must be submitted in order to make changes to your itinerary.
Confirmed Travel - Next Steps
If your trip request is approved, you'll receive a confirmation packet via email. Along with your confirmation documents, you will be sent a blank Passenger Name List, which we must receive at least 10 days prior to your trip. Your Passenger Name List must be received before you can pick up your ticket. Tickets may then be purchased at any staffed station, at least seven days prior to your date of travel.
Fun Destinations Await!
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 - Paramount 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.
School Groups - Train Treks for Kids
Capitol Corridor's Train Treks program offers discounted train travel for school and youth groups (K-12). Refer to the Train Treks for Kids page for your classroom field trip.
Small Groups - Six or fewer passengers
Capitol Corridor now offers a Friends and Family Discount, designed for small groups. Refer to the Friends & Family page to find out more.
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.