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Trains from Merced to Madera

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Merced - Madera Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Merced to Madera. Traveling by train from Merced to Madera usually takes around 35 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak San Joaquins train can make the trip in 33 minutes.

Distance33 mi (53 km)
Fastest train0h 33m
Lowest price$6.50
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak San Joaquins
Train lines2

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

In the last month, $6.50 was the average price of a train ticket from Merced to Madera. 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 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $2.61 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$15$10$5MayJun

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Madera from Merced is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about $7 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Merced to Madera 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 $8 whenever you decide to board the train to Madera.

Prices as travel date approaches

$25$20$15$10$53020100

Since the average price of train trips from Merced to Madera 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 Merced to Madera?

2 train services operate from Merced to Madera. 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
Amtrak24h 16m$21.56
Amtrak San Joaquins60h 34m$6.95
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Merced to Madera every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $18.

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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 Merced to Madera 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 Merced to Madera?

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

The distance between Merced and Madera is approximately 33 miles, or 53 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 35 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 33 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Madera.

When are trains the most crowded?

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

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Merced at 5:00am 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.

Is there a direct train from Merced to Madera?

There are 6 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Merced to Madera.

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

Station Information

Where is the train station in Merced?

Main departure station: 324 W 24th St

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 8 stops and stations in Merced where you can board the train.

All train stations in Merced:

  • 324 W 24th St

  • Hwy 140 and 7th St

  • 6979 Hwy 140

  • Park & Ride - 4974 Joe Howard St

  • Yosemite Valley Visitors Center

  • 9010 Curry Village Drive

  • Camp 4

  • 11136 Hwy 140

Where is the train station in Madera?

Main arrival station: 18770 Rd 26

Madera has one train station.

All train stations in Madera:

  • 18770 Rd 26

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