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Barstow - Bakersfield Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 2 daily train trips between Barstow and Bakersfield. The average train journey from Barstow to Bakersfield takes 8 hours and 11 minutes, but some Amtrak train trips are as short as 8 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance118 mi (190 km)
Fastest train8h 10m
Lowest price$45.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Barstow and Bakersfield cost $52.00, on average. Booking your trip at least 1 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $23.57 more.

Monthly avg. prices

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Mark your calendar for February if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Barstow to Bakersfield. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $42. If you're planning a trip from Barstow to Bakersfield during October, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $88 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Barstow to Bakersfield. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 1 days before departure, you can save around $23.57. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Barstow to Bakersfield?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Barstow to Bakersfield. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak28h 11m$63.24
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Barstow to Bakersfield every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $45.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the train is the main method of transportation from Barstow to Bakersfield, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

The distance between Barstow and Bakersfield is approximately 118 miles, or 190 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 11 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 10 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.

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

The earliest train departs Barstow at 3:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Trains leave the station in Barstow twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you change trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

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

City Information

Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California, is just north of LA on the Kern River. The Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, one of the city’s biggest attractions, displays fossils, dinosaur models, Native American artifacts, and a changing array of temporary exhibitions. Meanwhile, the Bakersfield Museum of Art features multiple rotating galleries of modern and historical art.

As the sun sets in Bakersfield, locals and visitors alike flock to Buck Owens Crystal Palace for food, drinks, and the biggest live music venue in the area. The Belvedere Cocktail lounge offers a more intimate live music experience– plus some amazing drinks and arcade games. For a truly unique experience, check out the family-friendly Gaslight Melodrama Theatre, where audiences are encouraged to cheer, boo, and get in on the fun of the live performances.

On the quieter side, Bakersfield has a number of beautiful parks across the city. The Park at RiverWalk is a fan favorite, with 32 sprawling acres along the Kern River dotted with picnic areas, public grills, and fishing spots. The Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area provides more outdoor activities with swimming, boating, sailing, cycling, and more.

To get to Bakersfield, fly into the Meadows Field Airport just north of the town. Several bus lines also service the area, connecting the city to Phoenix, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Ontario. For train service, Amtrak offers routes to San Diego, San Francisco, and even New York City.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Barstow?

Main departure station: 685 N First Ave

There is one train station in Barstow.

All train stations in Barstow:

  • 685 N First Ave

Where is the train station in Bakersfield?

Main arrival station: 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

Bakersfield has one train station.

All train stations in Bakersfield:

  • 601 Truxtun Ave - Transit Station

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