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Trains from Bakersfield to Merced

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Bakersfield - Merced Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 37 daily trains from Bakersfield to Merced. Traveling by train from Bakersfield to Merced usually takes around 7 hours and 25 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak San Joaquins train can make the trip in 3 hours and 1 minute.

Distance156 mi (251 km)
Fastest train3h 1m
Lowest price$30.13
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

What is the price of a train ticket from Bakersfield to Merced?

In the last month, $52.83 was the average price of a train ticket from Bakersfield to Merced. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $6.40 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$77$51$26MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Bakersfield to Merced will vary between C$53 and C$72. Planning a train trip to Merced within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Bakersfield over the next 7 days is C$53. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$64$51$38$26$13JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Bakersfield to Merced by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$32 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Bakersfield to Merced in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$44 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$64$51$38$26$133020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 10 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Merced from Bakersfield will be about C$6.40 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Bakersfield to Merced?

2 train services operate from Bakersfield to Merced. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 31 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak317h 44m$56.46
Amtrak San Joaquins63h 2m$32.02
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 31 Amtrak trains from Bakersfield to Merced every day, as well as 78 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $38.

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  • Amtrak San Joaquins

    Amtrak San Joaquins

    After becoming a permanent Amtrak rail route in 1974, the San Joaquins has offered train services throughout California and the San Joaquin Valley. The line runs daily from the San Francisco Bay Area to Bakersfield, with many stops in between, including Martinez and Modesto. Although Amtrak San Joaquins is one of the nation's busiest routes, it is renowned for being impeccably clean and safe, with passenger comfort remaining the carrier's highest priority. Most of the trains on this line are equipped with lavatories, onboard WiFi, disabled access, and personal power outlets, ensuring a comfortable journey for every passenger.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Bakersfield to Merced during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Bakersfield to Merced?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Bakersfield to Merced. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Bakersfield to Merced?

The distance between Bakersfield and Merced is approximately 156 miles, or 251 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 25 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 1 minute.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Bakersfield to Merced are the most crowded on Thursday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Bakersfield at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Bakersfield to Merced?

There are 37 scheduled trains on most days. 6 of these are direct connections to Merced. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Merced to Bakersfield.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Bakersfield?

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Departure stations

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

All train stations in Bakersfield:

  • Union Station

  • Downtown Metrolink Station - 4066 Vine St

  • Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

  • 120 East Santa Fe Ave - Fullerton Transp Ctr

  • Anaheim Stadium Parking - 2626 E Katella Ave

  • Oceanside Transit Center

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • Glendale Transp Ctr - 400 W Cerritos Ave

  • 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

  • Metrolink Station - 24300 Railroad Ave

  • 3750 Empire Ave

  • Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy

  • 4005 Taylor St

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • Pasadena Hilton Hotel - 168 S Los Robles Ave

Where is the train station in Merced?

Arrival stations

Merced has one train station.

Train stations in Merced:

  • 324 W 24th St

Need a return trip from Merced to Bakersfield?

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