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Trip Summary

6 trains operate daily from Bakersfield to Fresno. The train trip from Bakersfield to Fresno is usually about 2 hours long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak San Joaquins train can get you there in as little as one hour and 56 minutes.

Distance104 mi (167 km)
Fastest train1h 56m
Lowest price£7.14
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak San Joaquins
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Bakersfield to Fresno

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Kiara

28 March 2024- Visiting friends

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: the pricing and how spacious the seating is really is a bargain, we even got there almost 10 minutes early!! Tips: don’t think twice, just book it!

5.0

Jose Guttierez

26 March 2024- Business

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: Your website was very efficient. The amtrack app seems to have some bugs. But wanderu was awesome. I'll definitely be using it from now on, thanks! Cons: No suggestions come to mind. Tips: Yes, to definitely try wanderu it will be a stress free experience.

5.0

Martha

10 September 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: I really liked how spacious and comfy it is. Plus the tidiness is a great factor in all thi! Tips: Don’t worry about a thing, just enjoy the ride as.

5.0

William

25 November 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: This was the first time I was ever on a train and I am 55 years old. It was great. I met some interesting people and enjoyed the trip. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Use wanderu the price is great and it works perfectly.

5.0

Ann

27 June 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak San Joaquins

I love the train and enjoyed meeting new friends.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Bakersfield to Fresno is £12.27, This is one of the best deals we’ve seen for train fares recently. By booking your trip at least 29 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay £4.40 more.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Bakersfield to Fresno will vary between £12 and £21. Planning a train trip to Fresno within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Bakersfield over the next 7 days is £12. 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

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Ticket prices for the train from Bakersfield to Fresno stay pretty consistent throughout the year. You can expect to pay around £15 regardless of when you plan to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The average price of train tickets from Bakersfield to Fresno 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 Bakersfield to Fresno?

2 train services operate from Bakersfield to Fresno. 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 30m£9.78
Amtrak San Joaquins62h 0m£14.46
  • 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 Bakersfield to Fresno every day, as well as 0 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £7.

  • 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 Bakersfield to Fresno. 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 Bakersfield and Fresno is approximately 104 miles, or 167 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 56 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Bakersfield to Fresno on Wednesday. Tickets for Wednesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Tuesday. Tuesday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Bakersfield at 03:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 18:00. 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 Bakersfield to Fresno.

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

City Information

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.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Bakersfield?

Main departure station: 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

There is one train station in Bakersfield.

All train stations in Bakersfield:

  • 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

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 arrival 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.

Train stations in Fresno:

  • Santa Fe Station - 2650 Tulare St

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