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Chico - Merced Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 6 daily train trips available from Chico to Merced. Traveling by train from Chico to Merced usually takes 5 hours and 57 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 4 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance183 mi (294 km)
Fastest train4h 50m
Lowest price$30.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Chico to Merced

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)




April 12, 2021- Solo travel


Pros: The bus was great, clean and the driver was great. The train was dirty and a rough ride No one helped me with all I was carrying except another passenger. Cons: Clean up the train. Tips: The bus was the best. The driver gets a+ .He helped me load and unload. Very kind.

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

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Chico to Merced was $34.50. At this price, taking the train is the cheap and easy way to go. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Merced if you book your train tickets at least 28 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $10.50.

Monthly avg. prices

Mark your calendar for June if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Chico to Merced. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $31. If you're planning a trip from Chico to Merced during November, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $39 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches


If you're looking to save on your train trip from Chico to Merced, book online with Wanderu at least 28 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $10.50 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Chico to Merced?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Chico to Merced. However, there are 6 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak65h 58m$39.46
  • 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 6 Amtrak trains from Chico to Merced every day, as well as 6 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $30.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the train is the main method of transportation from Chico to Merced, 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 Chico and Merced is approximately 183 miles, or 294 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 57 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 50 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.

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

The earliest train departs Chico at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

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

City Information


Chico is the largest city in California north of Sacramento, as well as the cultural and economic heart of the northern Sacramento Valley. In addition, the city is a college town, home to California State University.

Chico is a California city famed for its world-famous golf course, wooded paths popular with hikers and environmental enthusiasts, and the massive Bidwell Park. If you're visiting Chico, you can't miss Bidwell Park, which spans 2500 acres of natural beauty.

Chico has the most fantastic steakhouse at the 5th Street Steakhouse. The highly recommended Unwined Kitchen & Bar is only two blocks away, serving the best bar food and drinks. There is no shortage of nightlife in Chico, the best cocktail bar (Duffy's Tavern) is only 100m away from central Chico, and if you are craving a club, The Beach Nightclub is the best option.

Amtrak has one of the major train stations in Chico, with service to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Seattle, and more. For buses, Jefferson Lines offers routes from cities like Seattle, Phoenix, Sacramento to Chico.


Merced is a beautiful city in the Central Valley of California. Nicknamed the Gateway to Yosemite, it’s no shock to learn Merced is only about an hour and a half drive from Yosemite National Park. But if you’d prefer to stay in town, Merced has an abundance of gorgeous parks, winding bike routes, golf courses, hiking, boating, fishing, camping – the list goes on.

For indoor fun, check out the Merced Multicultural Art Centre for art viewing and classes. Or, if you’re on the hunt for a bargain or home decor, visit the Merced Antique Mall with 7500 square feet of antiques and curios. Once you’ve worked up an appetite perusing, head to the Hilmar Cheese Company to tour the factory, watch the packaging process, and, the best part, eat all the free samples. To make it a full charcuterie meal, visit the Merced Fruit Barn. As a sort of farmer’s market, the Fruit Barn has arguably the best fresh and dried fruit in the state and a deli on-site for any and all sandwich needs.

The nearest major airport is Merced Regional Airport. Amtrak has routes through the city to Seattle, Yosemite Valley, and San Francisco, and Greyhound connects LA to Merced.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chico?

Main departure station: 450 Orange St

There is one train station in Chico.

All train stations in Chico:

  • 450 Orange St

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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