The LeakyCon Express

Hello everyone. If you are taking a look at this blog it's probably because you're looking for a hopefully cheap and fun way to get to LeakyCon!

Please take a look and see if there is a station near you. You can also see who else is going on the LeakyCon Express closest to you. All the info is in the links on the right so take a look and message me if you need any help.

Thanks for all your support and ideas. I can't wait to see you all at LeakyCon!

Calling all LeakyCon goers near Martinez, CA! The LeakyCon Express is stopping at a station near you!

Traveling from Martinez, CA to Chicago:

By Car:

2108 miles

33 hours

$615 in gas + $32 minimum for total parking costs** 

$647 for your traveling and parking expenses at the least. And I’m being really forgiving about parking prices. It will realistically be more like $32 a day not $32 for the whole week. But I’m giving LeakyCon the benefit of the doubt and sticking with their claim of an $8 a day parking lot. *I’m giving that tweet a whole lotta side eye. Just so ya know.*

**Calculated using current gas prices local in California and a car that gets 25 mpg. This price may go up or down depending on your circumstance.

By Plane:

Starting at $390 + $92 (taxi from Chi airport to hotel for both trips) = $482

(Plus baggage fees. This differs for every airline. Check before you book.)

By Train:

around 51 hours

$300.00 - $30.00 (LeakyCon discount)= $270.00

*parking fees unknown at this time*

*This itinerary is only an example and the times and dates can be changed. Just check out the Amtrak website and fiddle with it. If you need any help just stop by my ask!*


Although the trip is quite a bit longer it’s cheaper and you can sleep the whole time if you really wanted to. You might even be able to cut out a night of hotel expenses depending on the time of registration.The parking is honestly going to be ridiculously expensive in Chicago. You will probably be paying more than the estimated amount above. I’m guessing closer to $20 a day than $8.

Last thing…there are some incredible reviews about the landscapes that you see while on this trip. You pass through the Rocky Mountains and the train goes places cars and planes don’t even have access to. Many people say it’s worth it just for the views. So if you can sleep in a recliner. It’s pretty much the same thing. You can walk around the train. There is a dining and lounge car and lots of people to meet. I’d give it a shot if I were you. People go on airplanes all the time. I think it’s pretty cool to say you crossed the Rockies in a train. Here is the website for this route.

If you live in or around Martinez, CA…

Come ride The LeakyCon Express!!!

The LeakyCon Express takes The California Zephyr route!!! Check this out if you live in CA, NV, UT, CO, NE, IA, or IL!!!

This route goes all the way from San Francisco, CA to Chicago, IL.

It travels through stations in California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois. 

If you live anywhere along the route in the image below the LeakyCon Express may be stopping at a station near you!!!

On the way The California Zephyr stops in…

Emeryville, CA (If you live in San Fran this is the closest stop to you!)

Martinez, CA

Davis, CA

Sacramento, CA

Roseville, CA

Colfax, CA

Truckee, CA

Reno, NV

Winnemucca, NV

Elko, NV

Salt Lake City, UT

Provo, UT

Helper, UT

Green River, UT

Grand Junction, CO

Glenwood Springs, CO

Granby, CO

Fraser-Winter Park, CO (same station)

Denver, CO

Ft. Morgan, CO

McCook, NE

Holdrege, NE

Hastings, NE

Lincoln, NE

Omaha, NE

Creston, IA

Osceola, IA

Ottumwa, IA

Mount Pleasant, IA

Burlington, IA

Galesburg, IL

Princeton, IL

Naperville, IL

All the stations in between the ones I posted with itineraries will have prices and times in between the itinerary before and after it. *obvious statement*

If any of you want me to look up an itinerary for a city in between just go ahead and ask! If you want me to make a separate post for a city with the driving price and all that figured out just ask for that too. I’m just not going to bother unless there is someone actually interested in that city. I have absolutely no problem doing them. All you have to do is ask please please don’t feel bad.

Last thing. Remember these are just example itineraries. You can change the dates they leave to better fit your trip or if my estimation at registration time is way off we can just put them all back one day :P (I actually have no clue when all this might be happening and I’ve never been to Leaky so idk if you need to be there a day early or not.) Some of the posts I’ve made arrive on the 8th. Some on the 9th. You can always change the day they arrive but changing the time doesn’t always work out. Sometimes there is only one time and the trains just arrive there at that time every day.

If you have any questions please come message me!

This will take you to Amtrak’s page about the California Zephyr route with  more info about the actual route. Take a look :D

Hope to see you all at LeakyCon!!!