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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Merced to Bakersfield. Traveling by train from Merced to Bakersfield usually takes around 3 hours and 12 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance156 mi (251 km)
Fastest train3h 12m
Lowest price$29.58
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak San Joaquins
Train lines1

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

In the last month, C$29.58 was the average price of a train ticket from Merced, CA to Bakersfield, 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 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$8.74 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$38$25$13JulAug

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Bakersfield from Merced is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about C$30 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

$63$50$38$25$13ASONDJFMAMJJ
Traveling from Merced to Bakersfield 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$33 whenever you decide to board the train to Bakersfield.

Prices as travel date approaches

$63$50$38$25$133020100

Since the average price of train trips from Merced to Bakersfield 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 Merced to Bakersfield?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak San Joaquins53h 12m$31.72

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Merced to Bakersfield 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.

How long is the train journey from Merced to Bakersfield?

The distance between Merced and Bakersfield is approximately 156 miles, or 251 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 12 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 Merced to Bakersfield are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Monday 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 Merced at 10:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. 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 Merced to Bakersfield?

There are 5 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Merced to Bakersfield.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Bakersfield to Merced. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Merced to Bakersfield for $66.71.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Merced?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Merced.

Where is the train station in Bakersfield?

Arrival stations

Bakersfield has one train station.

Need a return trip from Bakersfield to Merced?

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