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Merced - Santa Rosa Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 3 daily train trips available from Merced to Santa Rosa. Traveling by train from Merced to Santa Rosa usually takes 4 hours and 17 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 3 hours and 47 minutes.

Distance145 mi (233 km)
Fastest train3h 47m
Lowest price$30.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Merced to Santa Rosa?

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Merced to Santa Rosa was $30.00. At this price, taking the train is the cheap and easy way to go. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Santa Rosa if you book your train tickets at least 7 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $5.96.

Monthly average prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Merced to Santa Rosa often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in October when the average ticket price is only $25. If you're thinking of traveling from Merced to Santa Rosa during July, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $31 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in July, is to book your trip well in advance.

Which train should you take from Merced to Santa Rosa?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak34h 17m$34.30
  • 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 Rosa every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $30.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the train is the main method of transportation from Merced to Santa Rosa, 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 Rosa is approximately 145 miles, or 233 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 47 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.

Friday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Merced to Santa Rosa. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Friday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Thursday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Merced at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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 Rosa 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 Santa Rosa?

Main arrival station: JC Penney Bus Stop

Santa Rosa has one train station.

All train stations in Santa Rosa:

  • JC Penney Bus Stop

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