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Fresno - Bakersfield Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

6 trains operate daily from Fresno to Bakersfield. The train trip from Fresno to Bakersfield is usually about 2 hours and 8 minutes long. However, be prepared just in case your train arrives slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance104 mi (167 km)
Fastest train2h 8m
Lowest price$12.27
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak San Joaquins
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Fresno to Bakersfield

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Robert

October 4, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: I was not bothered at all. Cons: The seat was not very comfortable, but besides that i enjoyed it. Tips: Follow people who look experienced.

5.0

Destiny

April 6, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: Everything I like. Cons: Nothing really. Tips: No.

5.0

Estela

December 25, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: Safe and fast to visit family 👪. Cons: Everything was great. Tips: I recommend to anyone who don't want to drive this is faster and safer than driving a car.

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

In the last month, $20.20 was the average price of a train ticket from Fresno to Bakersfield. 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 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $7.91 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$41$27$14MayJun

For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Fresno to Bakersfield will range from $20 to $35. If you're planning to travel by train to Bakersfield in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Fresno you can find in the next 7 days is $20. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

$34$27$20$14$7JJASONDJFMAM
The price of a train ticket from Fresno to Bakersfield remains pretty stable, regardless of when you plan to travel. Tickets on this route usually cost $26 throughout the year.

Prices as travel date approaches

$34$27$20$14$73020100

The average price of train tickets from Fresno to Bakersfield is pretty stable year-round. However, we still suggest buying your train tickets at least 48 hours prior to departure to avoid unexpected price hikes and the possibility of the train being sold out.

Which train should you take from Fresno to Bakersfield?

2 train services operate from Fresno to Bakersfield. Amtrak San Joaquins usually has more trains scheduled, with 6 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak12h 35m$16.84
Amtrak San Joaquins62h 8m$24.09
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Fresno to Bakersfield every day, as well as 0 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $12.

  • 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

Yes, there are some trains that travel the entire distance from Fresno to Bakersfield. However, in some cases you will have to take a bus for part of your journey in addition to taking the train.
The distance between Fresno and Bakersfield is approximately 104 miles, or 167 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 8 minutes, Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

Trains from Fresno to Bakersfield are the most crowded on Friday. 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 Saturday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Fresno at 9:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 6 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Fresno to Bakersfield.

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

City Information

Fresno

Situated close to the center of California, Fresno’s location makes it the perfect hub for travelers who wish to explore the state, but it also has enough attractions on its own to keep visitors interested. One of the city’s most unique destinations is the Forestiere Underground Gardens. Built by a Sicilian immigrant, the gardens stay below the ground level so that citrus trees could grow, making it a unique sight that will capture the heart of nature lovers. Fresno has recently gone through a lot of changes in the field of agriculture, and the city’s love for homegrown produce is now one of its attractions. As you explore the city, don’t hesitate to make a slight detour to Riverdance Farm, a local organic farm where you can pick ripened blueberries and cherries to your heart’s content. For fans of cultural activities, the Fresno Art Museum offers unique artworks created mostly by local artists.

Fresno restaurants are famous for their fresh homegrown produce, and Sam’s Italian Deli & Market is where you can try local staples. If you want to cook yourself, Fresno Farmers’ Market will be a great choice.

Fresno’s main bus and train station is the Santa Fe Passenger Depot located at 2650 Tulare St. From there, you can take buses from various carriers or hop on a train on Amtrak’s San Joaquins line. The Fresno Yosemite International Airport is the city’s main airport and it is located not too far from the city center.

Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California, is just north of LA on the Kern River. The Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, one of the city’s biggest attractions, displays fossils, dinosaur models, Native American artifacts, and a changing array of temporary exhibitions. Meanwhile, the Bakersfield Museum of Art features multiple rotating galleries of modern and historical art.

As the sun sets in Bakersfield, locals and visitors alike flock to Buck Owens Crystal Palace for food, drinks, and the biggest live music venue in the area. The Belvedere Cocktail lounge offers a more intimate live music experience– plus some amazing drinks and arcade games. For a truly unique experience, check out the family-friendly Gaslight Melodrama Theatre, where audiences are encouraged to cheer, boo, and get in on the fun of the live performances.

On the quieter side, Bakersfield has a number of beautiful parks across the city. The Park at RiverWalk is a fan favorite, with 32 sprawling acres along the Kern River dotted with picnic areas, public grills, and fishing spots. The Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area provides more outdoor activities with swimming, boating, sailing, cycling, and more.

To get to Bakersfield, fly into the Meadows Field Airport just north of the town. Several bus lines also service the area, connecting the city to Phoenix, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Ontario. For train service, Amtrak offers routes to San Diego, San Francisco, and even New York City.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Fresno?

Santa Fe Station - 2650 Tulare St  - FNOAMT-0

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Santa Fe Station - 2650 Tulare St  - FNOAMT-1

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Main departure station: Santa Fe Station - 2650 Tulare St

The Santa Fe Station is a historic train station and transportation hub in Fresno. The station opened in 1899 and was originally owned by the Santa Fe Railway, hence the misleading “Santa Fe” name for a station in Fresno. Passengers can board the Amtrak San Joaquins train to Oakland, Sacramento, or Bakersfield from this station, and bus service from Amtrak Thruway and Jefferson Lines also stops at this location. The Santa Fe station is just steps away from Fresno’s City Hall, the Meux Home Museum, and the Fresno Convention Center, making this station a convenient entry point to Fresno.

All train stations in Fresno:

  • Santa Fe Station - 2650 Tulare St

Where is the train station in Bakersfield?

Main arrival station: 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

Bakersfield has one train station.

Train stations in Bakersfield:

  • 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

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