Davis, CA (DAV)

Davis, named after a local farmer, was founded in 1868. The depot was built in 1913 to serve the new University Farm School - better known today as the University of California at Davis.

840 Second Street
Amtrak Passenger Station
Davis, CA 95616

Station Hours

Annual Station Revenue (FY 2017): $7,306,148
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2017): 375,626
  • Facility Ownership: City of Davis
  • Parking Lot Ownership: City of Davis
  • Platform Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
  • Track Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad

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Regional Contact
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Station History

In July 1868, the California Pacific Railroad began construction of the first depot at what was then called Davisville Junction. It was the first railroad station in Yolo County, a two-story wood frame building with ornate detailing characteristic of the Stick style with a truncated gable roof and wide overhanging eaves.

In 1901, Southern Pacific (SP), now in control of the Davis facilities, moved the depot about 400 feet east of its original site to make room for additional tracks. These new tracks served as a siding, keeping the main line open and thus enabling through passenger and freight trains to pass the station without stopping.

In May 1913, SP, apparently at the request of the Dean of the University of California—who thought the old depot not sufficiently dignified for the growing University—began construction of a new concrete and stucco depot and tower at the Davis Junction. The new station building was designed by the Southern Pacific Architectural Bureau, which adopted the Mission Revival style for the depot and control tower, following a precedent set by the Santa Fe Railway. It is now an historic landmark.

Davis was originally named Davisville after local farmer Jerome C. Davis and was founded in 1868 around a SP depot. The Post Office later shortened the name to Davis, and the change was made official when the city was incorporated in 1917. The University of California at Davis, an integral part of the city and its history, began in 1908 as a “University Farm School” and in 1959 it became the seventh UC campus. The university is known for its expertise and contributions in agriculture, life sciences, biotechnology and medicine.

Davis prides itself on being an eco-friendly community. Bicycling is a common mode of transportation and the station has many bicycle racks. The city hosts the Whole Earth Festival, a three-day music and education festival for the environmentally conscious.

Amtrak provides ticketing and baggage services at this station. The Capitol Corridorroute is primarily financed and operated in partnership with the State of California. It is managed by the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), which partners with Amtrak, the Union Pacific Railroad, Caltrans and the communities comprising the CCJPA to continue development of a cost-effective, viable and safe intercity passenger rail service.

Station Type:

Station Building (with waiting room)


  • 129 Short Term Parking Spaces

    Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only not overnight. Parking fees may apply.

  • Accessible Payphones
  • Accessible Platform

    Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.

  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Ticket Office
  • Accessible Waiting Room
  • Accessible Water Fountain
  • ATM
  • Baggage Storage

    Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags equivalent to 'left luggage' in Europe. A storage fee may apply.

  • Bike Boxes
  • Checked Baggage
  • Dedicated Parking
  • Elevator
  • Enclosed Waiting Area
  • Help With Luggage
  • High Platform

    A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train with the exception of Superliners.

  • Lockers

    Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage

  • Long-term Parking Spaces

    Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.

  • Lounge
  • Parking Attendant
  • Pay Phones
  • QuikTrakKiosk
  • Restrooms
  • Shipping Boxes
  • Ski Bags
  • Wheelchair Lift

    Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.

  • Wheelchairs
  • WiFi