Trains from Bakersfield to Merced
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There are 35 daily trains from Bakersfield to Merced. Traveling by train from Bakersfield to Merced usually takes around 7 hours and 26 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak San Joaquins train can make the trip in 3 hours and 1 minute.
|Distance||156 mi (251 km)|
|Fastest train||3h 1m|
|Trains per day||6|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak|
What is the price of a train ticket from Bakersfield to Merced?
In the last month, $41.18 was the average price of a train ticket from Bakersfield to Merced. 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 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $5.02 more than that for a same-day booking.
Average prices by travel date
Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Bakersfield to Merced will vary between $41 and $56. Planning a train trip to Merced within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Bakersfield over the next 7 days is $41. 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
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Bakersfield to Merced by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $25 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Bakersfield to Merced in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $34 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
If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 10 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Merced from Bakersfield will be about $5.02 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.
Which train should you take from Bakersfield to Merced?
2 train services operate from Bakersfield to Merced. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 29 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:
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 29 Amtrak trains from Bakersfield to Merced every day, as well as 71 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $30.
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 Merced 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 Merced?
How long is the train journey from Bakersfield to Merced?
The distance between Bakersfield and Merced is approximately 156 miles, or 251 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 26 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 1 minute.
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 Bakersfield to Merced 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 Friday 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 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 Merced?
There are 35 scheduled trains on most days. 6 of these are direct connections to Merced. 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 Merced to Bakersfield.
Where is the train station in Bakersfield?
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:
Downtown Metrolink Station - 4066 Vine St
Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd
120 East Santa Fe Ave - Fullerton Transp Ctr
Anaheim Stadium Parking - 2626 E Katella Ave
Oceanside Transit Center
Glendale Transp Ctr - 400 W Cerritos Ave
Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd
601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station
Metrolink Station - 24300 Railroad Ave
3750 Empire Ave
Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy
4005 Taylor St
592 Gayley Ave
Pasadena Hilton Hotel - 168 S Los Robles Ave
Where is the train station in Merced?
Main arrival station: 324 W 24th St
Merced has one train station.
All train stations in Merced:
324 W 24th St
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