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There are 6 daily trains from Merced to Richmond. Traveling by train from Merced to Richmond usually takes around 2 hours and 40 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak San Joaquins train can make the trip in 2 hours and 31 minutes.
|Distance||111 mi (179 km)|
|Fastest train||2h 31m|
|Trains per day||5|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak San Joaquins|
What is the price of a train ticket from Merced to Richmond?
In the last month, $20.75 was the average price of a train ticket from Merced, CA to Richmond, CA. 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 9 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $7.04 more than that for a same-day booking.
Average prices by travel date
Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Merced to Richmond will vary between $21 and $28. Planning a train trip to Richmond within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Merced over the next 7 days is $21. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.
Monthly average prices
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Merced to Richmond by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $23 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Merced to Richmond in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $30 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.
Prices as travel date approaches
If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 9 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Richmond from Merced will be about $7.04 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.
Which train should you take from Merced to Richmond?
2 train services operate from Merced to Richmond. Amtrak San Joaquins usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:
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 3 Amtrak trains from Merced to Richmond every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $25.
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 Richmond 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 Richmond?
How long is the train journey from Merced to Richmond?
When are trains the most crowded?
Trains departing from Merced to Richmond tend to have the most passengers on Wednesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Wednesday. 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.
When are the first and last trains of the day?
The earliest train departs Merced at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 Richmond?
There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Richmond. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.
You can also take a train for your return trip from Richmond to Merced.
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
Yosemite Valley Visitors Center
9010 Curry Village Drive
Hwy 140 and 7th St
Park & Ride - 4974 Joe Howard St
6979 Hwy 140
11136 Hwy 140
Where is the train station in Richmond?
Main arrival station: BART Station - 1700 Nevin Ave
Richmond has one train station.
All train stations in Richmond:
BART Station - 1700 Nevin Ave
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