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About Merced

Merced is a beautiful city in the Central Valley of California. Nicknamed the Gateway to Yosemite, it’s no shock to learn Merced is only about an hour and a half drive from Yosemite National Park. But if you’d prefer to stay in town, Merced has an abundance of gorgeous parks, winding bike routes, golf courses, hiking, boating, fishing, camping – the list goes on.

For indoor fun, check out the Merced Multicultural Art Centre for art viewing and classes. Or, if you’re on the hunt for a bargain or home decor, visit the Merced Antique Mall with 7500 square feet of antiques and curios. Once you’ve worked up an appetite perusing, head to the Hilmar Cheese Company to tour the factory, watch the packaging process, and, the best part, eat all the free samples. To make it a full charcuterie meal, visit the Merced Fruit Barn. As a sort of farmer’s market, the Fruit Barn has arguably the best fresh and dried fruit in the state and a deli on-site for any and all sandwich needs.

The nearest major airport is Merced Regional Airport. Amtrak has routes through the city to Seattle, Yosemite Valley, and San Francisco, and Greyhound connects LA to Merced.

What train companies travel to Merced, California?

Located in California, Merced is accessible by train from 13 other cities. You can choose from 86 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Merced on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

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Train companies serving Merced

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak1256h 15m£32.85
Amtrak San Joaquins161h 53m£12.60
  • 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.

  • 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.

Which train carrier has the best service to Merced?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Merced by train with Amtrak San Joaquins giving them a 4.7 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak San Joaquins had the most comfortable train service to Merced taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak San Joaquins offers. They rate Amtrak San Joaquins a 4.5 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Merced punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak San Joaquins has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Merced, rating them a 4.6 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

£3.18 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Merced, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Merced. In the last month, trains from Madera to Merced had the lowest average price at £4.10. The train from Madera to Merced also tends to start at relatively low prices.

The main train station in Merced is 324 W 24th St. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Merced.

The closest airport to Merced is Merced Regional Macready Field (MCE), it is located 2.1 miles from the city center of Merced.
Merced ranks number 19 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 94 in United States. Merced ranks number 42 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Merced via train service. On average 65 direct daily train trips serve Merced.
The population of Merced is 82436. Merced ranks number 42 in terms of population in California and number 179 in all of United States.
Train tickets to Merced range from £3 for a short trip to Merced, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Merced starts at , and a longer trip by train to Merced can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as .
People who take the train to Merced are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Merced easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest train station to the city center of Merced is 324 W 24th St, located just 0.5 miles away. Select 324 W 24th St as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Merced. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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