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Merced - Stockton Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 11 daily train trips available from Merced to Stockton. Traveling by train from Merced to Stockton usually takes one hour and 21 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak San Joaquins train can make the trip in one hour and 8 minutes.

Distance63 mi (102 km)
Fastest train1h 8m
Lowest price$9.00
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak San Joaquins
Train lines2

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

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Merced to Stockton was $15.17. This is a fantastic deal for train travel. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Stockton 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 $3.99.

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10JulJul

The average cost of a one-way train trip from Merced to Stockton is expected to fluctuate between $14 and $17 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Stockton in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Merced is $15.

Monthly avg. prices

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Mark your calendar for October if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Merced to Stockton. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $12. If you're planning a trip from Merced to Stockton during December, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $16 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

$25$20$15$10$53020100

If you're looking to save on your train trip from Merced to Stockton, book online with Wanderu at least 29 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $3.99 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Merced to Stockton?

2 train services operate from Merced to Stockton. Amtrak San Joaquins usually has more trains scheduled, with 6 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak51h 32m$21.43
Amtrak San Joaquins61h 13m$12.18
  • 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 5 Amtrak trains from Merced to Stockton every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $18.

  • 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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Merced to Stockton. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.
The distance between Merced and Stockton is approximately 63 miles, or 102 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 21 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 8 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Merced to Stockton on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Tuesday. Tuesday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

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 11 scheduled trains on most days. 6 of these are direct connections to Stockton. 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 Stockton 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.

Stockton

Stockton, California, is a diverse, creative, and culturally rich city. It's also in the perfect place for various Cali weekend trips, with Sacramento, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park all within reach. Stockton is an excellent place to post up while touring Northern California.

And of course, there's plenty to do in the city itself. The Bob Hope Theatre, sometimes known as "The Fox" by locals, is a popular entertainment venue and a beautifully preserved piece of Stockton's history. The recent refurbishment has produced a magnificent place for local arts productions, film, dance, comedy, and Broadway-style entertainment, as well as the newest in top-name musical entertainment.

Amtrak has multiple routes to Stockton from Bakersfield, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Jefferson Lines provides the most bus service to the city, and buses go from Stockton to cities across the nation, including Phoenix, Huntington Park, and even Ontario. The city has its own airport, Stockton Airport (SCK), although some travelers also use the airport in Sacramento for more flight options.

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 Stockton?

Main arrival station: Cabral Station - 949 E Channel St

Stockton receives travelers from Merced at its two active train stations.

All train stations in Stockton:

  • Cabral Station - 949 E Channel St

  • 735 S San Joaquin St

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