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Bakersfield - Modesto Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 38 daily trains from Bakersfield to Modesto. Traveling by train from Bakersfield to Modesto usually takes around 8 hours and 24 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak San Joaquins train can make the trip in 3 hours and 43 minutes.

Distance191 mi (308 km)
Fastest train3h 43m
Lowest price$27.00
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Bakersfield to Modesto

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Janette

November 27, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: Had interesting and nice people to visit with. Cons: The head rests are too firm. Tips: Follow the rules.

Pros: Had interesting and nice people to visit with. Cons: The head rests are too firm. Tips: Follow the rules.

5.0

Eric

August 2, 2021- Business

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: A whole new experience. Cons: Food car was closed. Tips: Not really.

Pros: A whole new experience. Cons: Food car was closed. Tips: Not really.

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

In the last month, $45.90 was the average price of a train ticket from Bakersfield to Modesto. 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 11 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $5.95 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Bakersfield to Modesto will vary between $45 and $62. Planning a train trip to Modesto within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Bakersfield over the next 7 days is $46. 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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Traveling from Bakersfield to Modesto 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 $29 whenever you decide to board the train to Modesto.

Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

Since the average price of train trips from Bakersfield to Modesto 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 Modesto?

2 train services operate from Bakersfield to Modesto. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 32 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak328h 40m$48.85
Amtrak San Joaquins63h 49m$28.75
  • 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 32 Amtrak trains from Bakersfield to Modesto every day, as well as 53 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $34.

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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 Modesto 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 Modesto?

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

The distance between Bakersfield and Modesto is approximately 191 miles, or 308 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 24 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 43 minutes.

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?

Wednesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Bakersfield to Modesto. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Wednesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Sunday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

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 Modesto?

There are 38 scheduled trains on most days. 6 of these are direct connections to Modesto. 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 Modesto to Bakersfield.

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

  • Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

  • 120 East Santa Fe Ave - Fullerton Transp Ctr

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • Glendale Transp Ctr - 400 W Cerritos Ave

  • 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

  • Oceanside Transit Center

  • Metrolink Station - 24300 Railroad Ave

  • 1170 W Third St

  • 105 N Cedros Ave - Solana Beach Transit Ctr

  • 3750 Empire Ave

  • 4005 Taylor St

  • Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy

Where is the train station in Modesto?

Main arrival station: 1700 Held Dr

Modesto has one train station.

All train stations in Modesto:

  • 1700 Held Dr

Need a return trip from Modesto to Bakersfield?

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