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Chico - Merced Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Chico to Merced. Traveling by train from Chico to Merced usually takes around 5 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 4 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance183 mi (294 km)
Fastest train4h 50m
Lowest price$34.62
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chico, CA to Merced, CA

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)




April 12, 2021 - Solo travel


Pros: The bus was great, clean and the driver was great. The train was dirty and a rough ride No one helped me with all I was carrying except another passenger. Cons: Clean up the train. Tips: The bus was the best. The driver gets a+ .He helped me load and unload. Ve...

Pros: The bus was great, clean and the driver was great. The train was dirty and a rough ride No one helped me with all I was carrying except another passenger. Cons: Clean up the train. Tips: The bus was the best. The driver gets a+ .He helped me load and unload. Very kind.


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

In the last month, C$34.62 was the average price of a train ticket from Chico, CA to Merced, CA. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 6 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$6.51 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Chico to Merced by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around C$38 whenever you decide to board the train to Merced.

Prices as travel date approaches


Since the average price of train trips from Chico to Merced remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Chico to Merced?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Chico, California to Merced, California. However, there are 5 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak55h 37m$36.48
  • 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 5 Amtrak trains from Chico to Merced every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $35.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Chico 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 Chico to Merced?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Chico to Merced, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from Chico to Merced?

The distance between Chico and Merced is approximately 183 miles, or 294 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 37 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 50 minutes.

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 Chico to Merced are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 Thursday 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 Chico at 3:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00pm. 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 Chico to Merced?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Merced to Chico. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chico to Merced for $55.39.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chico?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Chico.

Where is the train station in Merced?

Arrival stations

Merced has one train station.

Need a return trip from Merced to Chico?

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