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Merced - Santa Ana Train Schedule

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Other ways to get from Merced to Santa Ana

There are usually 3 daily bus trips available from Merced to Santa Ana.

Bus
Train
Avg. Price
Avg. Price
$52.29
Avg. Price
$53.57
Daily Trips
Daily Trips
3
Daily Trips
1
Duration
Duration
11h 7m
Duration
7h 27m
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Trip Summary

There are usually 3 daily train trips available from Merced to Santa Ana. Traveling by train from Merced to Santa Ana usually takes 7 hours and 27 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 6 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance286 mi (461 km)
Fastest train6h 45m
Lowest price$46.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Merced to Santa Ana?

Over the past month, a train ticket between Merced and Santa Ana cost $46.00, on average. This is a great bargain given the length of the route. Booking your trip at least 13 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $18.56 more.

Monthly average prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during August. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Merced to Santa Ana, with the average price at just $40. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in November, when the average price goes up to $58. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you're looking to save on your train trip from Merced to Santa Ana, book online with Wanderu at least 13 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $18.56 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Merced to Santa Ana?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Merced to Santa Ana. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak37h 28m$60.79
  • 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 Santa Ana every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $46.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the train is the main method of transportation from Merced to Santa Ana, 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 Santa Ana is approximately 286 miles, or 461 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 27 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 45 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.

Trains departing from Merced to Santa Ana tend to have the most passengers on Monday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Monday. 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 Friday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

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 3 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 Santa Ana 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.

Santa Ana

Santa Ana, CA, US - SNA-0

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Santa Ana is a sunny city in Orange County located between Anaheim and Irvine in the greater Los Angeles area. Downtown Santa Ana bustles with independent breweries, diverse restaurants, unique retail shops, weekly pop-up markets, and art centers. This lively downtown area, in addition to Santa Ana's live-work housing and creative working spaces, make it attractive to young professionals.

One of the most popular spots for visitors is the Santa Ana Zoo, where little ones can enjoy a carousel and mini-train ride along with the animal exhibits. Architecture enthusiasts will love seeing the Bowers Museum, built in a Mission Revival style, and the Heritage Museum, which has restored homes from the 1890s.

The Orange County Transportation Authority and several shuttle services provide transit within Santa Ana. Santa Ana is easily accessible from over 20 other cities by Amtrak Thruway bus or on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train. The primary airport for Orange County, John Wayne Airport, is located in Santa Ana and also makes it easy to travel to this vibrant SoCal spot.

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 Santa Ana?

Main arrival station: Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

Santa Ana has one train station.

All train stations in Santa Ana:

  • Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

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