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Bakersfield - Fresno Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 45 daily trains from Bakersfield to Fresno. Traveling by train from Bakersfield to Fresno usually takes around 8 hours and 19 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak San Joaquins train can make the trip in one hour and 56 minutes.

Distance104 mi (167 km)
Fastest train1h 56m
Lowest price$18.25
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

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

In the last month, $41.94 was the average price of a train ticket from Bakersfield to Fresno. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 7 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $2.40 more than that for a same-day booking.

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 $40 and $60. 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 $43. 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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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Bakersfield to Fresno by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $19 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Bakersfield to Fresno in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $36 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 7 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Fresno from Bakersfield will be about $2.40 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Bakersfield to Fresno?

2 train services operate from Bakersfield to Fresno. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 39 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak398h 39m$45.85
Amtrak San Joaquins62h 0m$19.48
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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 39 Amtrak trains from Bakersfield to Fresno every day, as well as 45 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $25.

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  • Amtrak San Joaquins

    Amtrak San Joaquins

    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

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

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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.

Can you take a train all the way from Bakersfield to Fresno?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Bakersfield to Fresno. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Bakersfield to Fresno?

The distance between Bakersfield and Fresno is approximately 104 miles, or 167 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 19 minutes, 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

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

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Bakersfield at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Bakersfield to Fresno?

There are 45 scheduled trains on most days. 6 of these are direct connections to Fresno. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

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

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Bakersfield?

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Main departure station: Union Station

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

All train stations in Bakersfield:

  • Union Station

  • Downtown Metrolink Station - 4066 Vine St

  • Anaheim Stadium Parking - 2626 E Katella Ave

  • 120 East Santa Fe Ave - Fullerton Transp Ctr

  • Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

  • Glendale Transp Ctr - 400 W Cerritos Ave

  • Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy

  • 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

  • 3750 Empire Ave

  • Oceanside Transit Center

  • Metrolink Station - 24300 Railroad Ave

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • 1170 W Third St

  • 4005 Taylor St

  • 105 N Cedros Ave - Solana Beach Transit Ctr

Where is the train station in Fresno?

Santa Fe Station - 2650 Tulare St  - FNOAMT-0

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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.

All train stations in Fresno:

  • Santa Fe Station - 2650 Tulare St

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