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Los Angeles - Merced Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 13 intercity buses per day from Los Angeles to Merced. Traveling by bus from Los Angeles to Merced usually takes around 6 hours and 12 minutes, but the fastest Tufesa Plus bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance257 mi (414 km)
Shortest duration3h 20m
Cheapest price$35.99
Trips per day12
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines5

How much is a bus ticket from Los Angeles to Merced?

Bus tickets for a trip from Los Angeles to Merced cost $44.92 on average. Tickets cheaper than $44.92 are an excellent bargain. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Average prices by travel date


If you're planning to travel by bus from Los Angeles to Merced in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $40 to $69. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on June 29, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Merced this week, bus tickets are available starting at $48.

Monthly avg. prices

If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Los Angeles to Merced, mark your calendar for May. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $37. However, taking the bus from Los Angeles to Merced during September is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $66. The best way to find deals on a trip in September is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches


To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 13 days in advance to save up to $29.72.

What bus companies travel from Los Angeles to Merced?

There are 5 bus lines from Los Angeles to Merced available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 6 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Autobuses Monarca26h 15m$78.79
FlixBus US315h 30m$122.04
Greyhound65h 51m$65.50
Los Limousines46h 58m$63.89
Tufesa Plus13h 20m$55.00
  • Book Autobuses Monarca from Los Angeles to Merced from $73. There are 2 trips per day offered by Autobuses Monarca from Los Angeles to Merced and you can expect on average to pay for a Autobuses Monarca ticket to Merced. In Los Angeles, Autobuses Monarca departs to Merced from 1716 7th Street and one other station. In Merced, Autobuses Monarca arrives at Viajes Express - 710 W 16th St .

    An average trip on Autobuses Monarca from Los Angeles to Merced takes 6 hours and 15 minutes , while the fastest available Autobuses Monarca trip will get you to Merced in 3 hours and 20 minutes .

    On weekends, Autobuses Monarca offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Merced.

  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 3 trips per day from Los Angeles to Merced, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 6 bus trips from Los Angeles to Merced every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 51 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Merced usually start from $35.

  • Book Los Limousines from Los Angeles to Merced from $63. There are 4 trips per day offered by Los Limousines from Los Angeles to Merced and you can expect on average to pay for a Los Limousines ticket to Merced. In Los Angeles, Los Limousines departs to Merced from Los Angeles Bus Station and 2 other stations. In Merced, Los Limousines arrives at Viajes Express - 710 W 16th St .

    An average trip on Los Limousines from Los Angeles to Merced takes 6 hours and 58 minutes , while the fastest available Los Limousines trip will get you to Merced in 3 hours and 20 minutes .

    On weekends, Los Limousines offers 4 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Merced.

  • Tufesa Plus is an economy bus service run by Tufesa. Its service area covers the southwestern states in the United States and parts of northwest Mexico. Onboard, travelers can enjoy AC, power outlets, reclining chairs, separate male and female restrooms, and WiFi while in Mexico.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 12 minutes to cover the 257 miles from Los Angeles to Merced. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 20 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Los Angeles to Merced, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 13 scheduled buses that travel from Los Angeles to Merced every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 12 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Los Angeles to Merced; ticket prices start at $28.00.

City Information

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.


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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Los Angeles?

Main departure station: 800 N Alameda St

Buses to Merced leave from 10 stations in Los Angeles.

All bus stations in Los Angeles:

  • 800 N Alameda St

  • North Hollywood Bus Station

  • San Fernando Bus Station

  • 10413 Laurel Canyon Blvd Pacoima

  • Los Angeles Bus Station

  • 1234 Laurel Canyon Blvd

  • 1716 7th Street

  • Los Angeles (Mariana S)

  • Downtown - Vignes Lot

  • 592 Gayley Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Merced?

Main arrival station: Viajes Express - 710 W 16th St

All buses from Los Angeles arrive at one main station in Merced.

All bus stations in Merced:

  • Viajes Express - 710 W 16th St

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