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Merced - Los Angeles Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 11 daily train trips available from Merced to Los Angeles. Traveling by train from Merced to Los Angeles usually takes 5 hours and 50 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 5 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance257 mi (414 km)
Fastest train5h 30m
Lowest price$28.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Merced to Los Angeles

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Emeline

April 10, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: I enjoyed our driver Mike. He is considerate, kind, answers questions and just good soul overall. He let me use Bathroom at station in Van Nuys. I appreciate that so much. Cons: I’d say opening speech from driver about what to look out for, what stop is coming up next so we can know. We need wifi onboard so we can work our devices. It only works on train. Tips: Just be courteous and kind to other passengers and learn how to share our space.

5.0

Angel

December 22, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak

Pros: Not much waiting and constantly on the move. Easy process in purchasing the tickets and changing the ticket as well if needed. Cons: Some form of bag security on the train. I had to keep going to the luggage section at each stop because there were suspicious people sitting next to the bags. Tips: Keep your valuables in a separate bag that should be on you at all times. Place your luggage in a way where the zippers aren't visible and and have the main opening face away from the walkways in the train.

5.0

Janneth

October 29, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: I liked that I had my own space and it wasn't crowded. Cons: Sometimes cleaning the sticky messes on tables. Tips: Don't be scared and make sure you have time to make it to your ride. I recommend showing up early.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Merced to Los Angeles is $38.72, Considering the distance of the route, this is an excellent deal. By booking your trip at least 17 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay $5.22 more.

Average prices by travel date

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The average cost of a one-way train trip from Merced to Los Angeles is expected to fluctuate between $37 and $56 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Los Angeles in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Merced is $39.

Monthly avg. prices

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Taking the train from Merced to Los Angeles usually costs about the same throughout the year. In general, train ticket prices for this route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $38 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The price of train trips from Merced to Los Angeles doesn't fluctuate much throughout the year, so you don’t need to book your tickets super far in advance. However, to avoid last-minute price surges or sold-out tickets, we recommend purchasing your train tickets at least 48 hours before departure.

Which train should you take from Merced to Los Angeles?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Merced to Los Angeles. However, there are 11 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak115h 51m$41.24
  • 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 11 Amtrak trains from Merced to Los Angeles every day, as well as 13 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $28.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the train is the main method of transportation from Merced to Los Angeles, 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 Merced and Los Angeles is approximately 257 miles, or 414 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 50 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 30 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 Merced to Los Angeles. 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 Wednesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Merced at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. 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 11 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 Los Angeles to Merced.

City Information

Merced

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.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Merced?

Main departure station: 324 W 24th St

There is one train station in Merced.

All train stations in Merced:

  • 324 W 24th St

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles, CA - Union Station - LAXUST-0

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Main arrival 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 Los Angeles:

  • Union Station

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

  • 592 Gayley Ave

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