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Merced - Modesto Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 6 daily train trips between Merced and Modesto. The average train journey from Merced to Modesto takes 38 minutes, but some Amtrak San Joaquins train trips are as short as 36 minutes.

Distance37 mi (59 km)
Fastest train0h 36m
Lowest price$6.00
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak San Joaquins
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Merced to Modesto

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)



Delma Rita

April 28, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: Enjoyed smooth ride, comfort and quietnes. Coach was clean. Cons: Amtrak should consider the time needed for an elderly person to get off the train. Assisted an elderly man to get off timely he felt being rushed because the train departs right away. Tips: Suggestion that elderly people be encouraged to check in most of their luggage so that they won't have to deal with getting them off on arrival.



June 1, 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak San Joaquins

Pros: It was fast, cheap and easy. Cons: The train was few minutes behind schedule but it’s no big deal. Tips: Definitely recommend. It’s definitely a bargain for the price.

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

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Merced to Modesto was $8.07. This is a fantastic deal for train travel. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Modesto if you book your train tickets at least 29 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $2.71.

Average prices by travel date


For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Merced to Modesto will range from $7 to $11. If you're planning to travel by train to Modesto in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Merced you can find in the next 7 days is $9. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly avg. prices

Ticket prices for the train from Merced to Modesto stay pretty consistent throughout the year. You can expect to pay around $7 regardless of when you plan to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches


Since ticket prices on this route stay pretty consistent, you don’t need to book way in advance. However, we recommend buying your train ticket to Modesto at least 48 hours before your scheduled departure to prevent any unpleasant surprises, like last-minute surges in price or sold-out tickets.

Which train should you take from Merced to Modesto?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak San Joaquins60h 38m$9.10
  • 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

The distance between Merced and Modesto is approximately 37 miles, or 59 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 38 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 36 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Modesto.

Trains departing from Merced to Modesto tend to have the most passengers on Sunday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Sunday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Monday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Merced at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. 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 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Merced to Modesto.

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

City Information


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.


Modesto, CA, US - MOD-0

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Modesto is a city in Central Valley, California. The city is known for its large agricultural industry and number of museums. Modesto is home to museums, natural history sites, and planetariums, like the Great Valley Museum and McHenry Museum. It also has different amusement and recreational centers offering playgrounds, rides, go-cart, and more, like Funworks Modesto and Graceada Park. As for nature lovers, Modesto features places for sports, hiking, camping, fishing, and picnics, like Jacob Myers Park and Ceres River Bluff Regional Park. The city is also a fun place for arts with the Graffiti Summer and the Gallo Center for the Arts.

The CA city is ideal for all craft beer and wine lovers, as it has several breweries and wineries to visit. Modesto also has a vibrant nightlife, with different nightclubs, lounges, bars, and restaurants, and is always brimming with pool parties, trance festivals, DJ nights, and more. Downtown Modesto has become a vibrant place for shopping, dining, and parties.

Modesto features several train and bus lines for those in and around the city. The city is easily accessible by Amtrak and Amtrak San Joaquins for trains, while Tufesa Plus offers bus services. The City of Modesto Transit Services powers the city's transportation.

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 Modesto?

Main arrival station: 1700 Held Dr

Modesto has one train station.

All train stations in Modesto:

  • 1700 Held Dr

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