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4 days From $625 per person
4.5 stars(23 reviews)

Widely regarded as one of the most spectacular of all train routes, the Coast Starlight links the greatest cities on the West Coast.

Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2024 Tour code: WC-CSES-24

About the tour

En route daily between Seattle and Los Angeles, the Coast Starlight passes through Portland, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Barbara.

The scenery along the Coast Starlight route is unsurpassed. The dramatic snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Shasta, lush forests, fertile valleys and long stretches of Pacific Ocean shoreline provide a stunning backdrop for your journey.


What’s included


Day 1 - Seattle

Independent arrival into Seattle. Transfer to your hotel, located in the heart of downtown Seattle. Discover the many facets of the Emerald City as you tour the downtown business and shopping district, historic Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market, and the vibrant Chinatown-International District. Overnight Seattle.

Day 2 - Coast Starlight to Los Angeles

Arrive at Seattle's King Street Station for your morning departure. Once onboard the famous Coast Starlight, settle into your seat as you begin your 1400 mile journey to Los Angeles. After settling in, you may want to visit the Sightseer Lounge to watch the passing scenery. Enjoy dinner in the Dining Car as you pass Three Sisters Mountains. All meals on the train are included for sleeping car occupants. Overnight train.

Day 3 - California Coast/Los Angeles

This morning wake up outside of San Francisco. Enjoy your breakfast in the dining car as the Coast Starlight hugs the California Coast. Continue to take in the awe-inspiring scenery through late afternoon. On board, you will enjoy lunch and dinner. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, transfer independently to your hotel. Overnight Los Angeles.

Day 4 - Conclusion

Today ends your Coast Starlight Experience. Independent transfer to the airport or rail station.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette, and Bedroom.

Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest.

Roomette accommodations include a private cabin featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day, and upper and lower berth by night.

Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower. All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge. Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train. 

Please Note

Please be aware Amtrak may experience occasional schedule changes and service disruptions.  Vacations By Rail recommends visiting the Amtrak web site prior to your departure for the latest information.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 23 reviews

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5 stars

Submitted 19 May 2024

The crew were amazing, very nice and accommodating.

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Judy Talton

4 stars

Submitted 03 Sep 2023

Great trip down to CA. Lots of interesting new people to meet and a very friendly service crew. The trip back was a bit disappointing. Crew was not as friendly and the service was mediocre.

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1 stars

Submitted 09 May 2023

Nasty bathrooms, overpriced microwave food. Very bad communication when train was blocked. People standing in cold fit hours with no food or drink while waiting for bus that never came.Five hour delay

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5 stars

Submitted 27 Sep 2022

Wonderful trip! Only disappointment was the lack of coastline. The service and staff did an excellent job! Crew 8 was fantastic!

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Allan Rondinella

5 stars

Submitted 19 Jul 2022

I enjoyed every minute of it and I would do it again. It was an amazing experience.

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Sandra J

5 stars

Submitted 10 Oct 2021

1377 miles from Seattle to L.A. We had a sleeper room and nice large window. It was so relaxing watching the towns go by. Our room was clean, the staff helpful and friendly. The food was fresh and delicious.

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