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Merced - Pasadena Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

2 trains operate daily from Merced to Pasadena. The train trip from Merced to Pasadena is usually about 5 hours and 25 minutes long. However, be prepared just in case your train arrives slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance254 mi (409 km)
Fastest train5h 25m
Lowest price$36.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Merced to Pasadena

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Christopher

May 21, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak

Convenient, economical, environmentally friendly.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Merced and Pasadena cost $38.63, on average. This is a great bargain given the length of the route. Booking your trip at least 29 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $9.58 more.

Average prices by travel date

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For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Merced to Pasadena will range from $39 to $48. If you're planning to travel by train to Pasadena in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Merced you can find in the next 7 days is $42. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly avg. prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Merced to Pasadena often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in August when the average ticket price is only $36. If you're thinking of traveling from Merced to Pasadena during December, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $41 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in December, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Merced to Pasadena. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 29 days before departure, you can save around $9.58. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Merced to Pasadena?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak25h 25m$43.04
  • 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 Pasadena every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $36.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the train is the main method of transportation from Merced to Pasadena, 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 Pasadena is approximately 254 miles, or 409 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 25 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 Pasadena. 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 Merced at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 12:00pm. 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 Merced 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 Pasadena 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.

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 Pasadena?

Main arrival station: Pasadena Hilton Hotel - 168 S Los Robles Ave

Pasadena has one train station.

All train stations in Pasadena:

  • Pasadena Hilton Hotel - 168 S Los Robles Ave

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