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Trains from Bakersfield to Merced

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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Bakersfield to Merced. Traveling by train from Bakersfield to Merced usually takes around 3 hours and 2 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak San Joaquins train can make the trip in 3 hours and 1 minute.

Distance156 mi (251 km)
Fastest train3h 1m
Lowest price$23.50
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak San Joaquins
Train lines2

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

In the last month, $23.50 was the average price of a train ticket from Bakersfield to Merced. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. 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 $7.34 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Merced from Bakersfield is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about $24 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Bakersfield to Merced by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $26 whenever you decide to board the train to Merced.

Prices as travel date approaches


Since the average price of train trips from Bakersfield to Merced remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Bakersfield to Merced?

2 train services operate from Bakersfield to Merced. 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
Amtrak53h 49m$35.13
Amtrak San Joaquins63h 2m$24.95
  • 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 5 Amtrak trains from Bakersfield to Merced every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $34.

  • Amtrak San Joaquins

    Amtrak San Joaquins

    Amtrak San Joaquins train tickets from Bakersfield to Merced start from $24, and on average cost . Daily there are 6 Amtrak San Joaquins schedules to Merced. Amtrak San Joaquins in Bakersfield leaves from 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station . And in Merced trains arrive at 324 W 24th St .

    From Bakersfield to Merced train travel on Amtrak San Joaquins takes 3 hours and 2 minutes. If you are looking to get to Merced faster, Amtrak San Joaquins offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 1 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak San Joaquins offers 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Merced.

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.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Bakersfield to Merced. 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 Merced?

The distance between Bakersfield and Merced is approximately 156 miles, or 251 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 2 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 Sunday. 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 Wednesday 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 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. 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 6 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Bakersfield to Merced.

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

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 Merced?

Main arrival station: 324 W 24th St

Merced has one train station.

All train stations in Merced:

  • 324 W 24th St

Need a return trip from Merced to Bakersfield?

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