Tucson Amtrack is Now More Convenient for Travelers

July 3, 2012

By Teya Vitu

Let’s face it,  Amtrak service out of Tucson wasn’t exactly inviting with its 2:15 a.m. departures.

Amtrak now has 8:15 a.m. and 7:35 p.m. departures out of Tucson.

Well, that was then. This is now.

As of May 7, Tucson has very favorable departure times in both directions.

The eastbound train now leaves Tucson at 8:15 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The westbound train departs at 7:35 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Tucson became the beneficiary of new schedules for Amtrak’s Sunset Limited, which runs the Los Angeles to New Orleans route three times a week.

The Tucson-to-Los Angeles run is overnight in both directions, an added bonus as you don’t have to sacrifice a day in each direction to get there. Now you can sleep. The Los Angeles bound train leaves Tucson at 7:35 p.m. and arrives at Union Station in downtown L.A. at 5:35 a.m.

The one-way fare ranges from $43 to $85. If you do the math, Amtrak could well be the cheapest way to get to Los Angeles – even cheaper than tanking up your own car.

You could make a day trip to L.A. Arrive at 5:35 a.m. on Wednesday or Friday and ride back to Tucson the same night at 10 p.m. Otherwise you’d have to make it at least a three-day trip.

Eastbound, the Sunset Limited can deliver you in El Paso, San Antonio or Houston and the way to Louisiana.

Amtrak stops at the Tucson Historic Depot, 400 North Toole Avenue.

The eastbound trains used to leave at 1:15 a.m. in summer and 2:15 a.m. winter. The westbound departures were at 10:30 p.m. during the daylight saving months and 11:30 during standard time.