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There are 10 ways to get from Chicago to Merced by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to Fresno, train  •  9h 30m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Fresno (FAT) ORD - FAT
  2. Take the train from Fresno to Merced

$168 - $352

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Fly Chicago O'Hare to San Jose, train  •  12h 6m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to San Jose (SJC) ORD - SJC
  2. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Stockton
  3. Take the train from Stockton to Merced

$144 - $388

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Fly Chicago Midway to Sacramento, train  •  10h 7m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Sacramento (SMF) MDW - SMF
  2. Take the train from Sacramento to Merced

$202 - $750

Fly Chicago Midway to Oakland, train  •  10h 54m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Oakland (OAK) MDW - OAK
  2. Take the train from Richmond to Merced

$234 - $813

Fly Chicago Midway to San Francisco, train  •  11h 23m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to San Francisco (SFO) MDW - SFO
  2. Take the train from Richmond to Merced

$204 - $616

Fly Chicago Midway to Merced  •  8h 58m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Merced (MCE) MDW - MCE

$174 - $608

Fly Chicago Midway to San Jose, train  •  11h 49m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to San Jose (SJC) MDW - SJC
  2. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Stockton
  3. Take the train from Stockton to Merced

$364 - $738

Train  •  2 days 5h

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Sacramento California Zephyr
  2. Take the train from Sacramento to Merced San Joaquins

$238 - $334

Bus  •  2 days 9h

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Indianapolis
  2. Take the bus from Indianapolis to Los Angeles
  3. Take the bus from Los Angeles to Merced

$260 - $383

Drive  •  32h 59m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Merced 2167.9 miles

$210 - $310

Chicago to Merced by train

The train journey time between Chicago and Merced is around 2 days 6h and covers a distance of around 2445 miles. The fastest train normally takes 2 days 6h. Operated by Amtrak, the Chicago to Merced train service departs from Chicago Union Station and arrives in Merced. Typically five trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2 days 6h
Fastest train time:
2 days 6h
Trains per week:
5
Cheapest price:
$238
Carbon emissions:
206 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
14:00
Last train departs at:
14:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Merced train schedules

Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
Chicago → Merced
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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Merced is to fly and train which costs $160 - $360 and takes 9h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Merced is to fly which costs $170 - $650 and takes 8h 58m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Merced. However, there are services departing from Chicago and arriving at Merced via Indianapolis and Los Angeles. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 9h.

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No, there is no direct train from Chicago station to Merced. However, there are services departing from Chicago Union Station and arriving at Merced via Sacramento. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 5h.

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The distance between Chicago and Merced is 1777 miles. The road distance is 2167.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Merced without a car is to train which takes 2 days 5h and costs $230 - $340.

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It takes approximately 9h 30m to get from Chicago to Merced, including transfers.

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Chicago to Merced bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago station.

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Chicago to Merced train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Merced is to fly which takes 8h 58m and costs $170 - $650. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $230 - $340 and takes 2 days 5h, you could also bus, which costs $260 - $390 and takes 2 days 9h.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Merced.
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  • Distance: 1776.9 miles
  • Duration: 9h 30m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Merced, CA, USA?

Southwest Airlines, Boutique Air and Delta fly from Chicago to Merced hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Chicago to Merced via Sacramento in around 2 days 5h.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Sacramento via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Sacramento via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Sacramento via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Sacramento via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Sacramento via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $410
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $410
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $410
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $410
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via Long Beach
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $410
Flights from Chicago Midway to Oakland via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $410
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $490
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 27m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via San Diego
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Boutique Air
Website
boutiqueair.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Merced via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Merced via Sacramento
Ave. Duration
9h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Merced via Las Vegas, Sacramento
Ave. Duration
8h 54m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Merced via Dallas, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Merced via Las Vegas, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Merced via Phoenix, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Merced via Denver, Sacramento
Ave. Duration
9h 44m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Chicago Midway to Merced via Phoenix, Sacramento
Ave. Duration
10h 4m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Merced via Denver, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
10h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Merced via Salt Lake City, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
10h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Merced via Minneapolis, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
10h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Chicago Midway to Merced via Atlanta, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
11h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Chicago Midway to Merced via Detroit, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
11h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Fresno
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Fresno via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Fresno via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Fresno
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Fresno via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Fresno via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Fresno via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $500
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Portland
Ave. Duration
6h 57m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $440
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $440
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Fresno to Merced
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Seat
$30 - $50
Train from Sacramento to Merced
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Seat
$40 - $65
Train from Richmond to Merced
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Stockton
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
Train from Stockton to Merced
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Seat
$35 - $50
Train from Chicago Union Station to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
2 days 2h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$200 - $290
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$200 - $290
Premium
$500 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$440 - $650
Business Seat
$480 - $700
Altamont Corridor Express
Phone
1800-411-7245
Website
acerail.com
Train from Santa Clara Station to Stockton Station
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $18
Website
ACE
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago to Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $35
Flexible
$45 - $65
Bus from Indianapolis to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
45h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$200 - $280
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$200 - $280
Flexible
$290 - $410
Bus from Los Angeles to Merced
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $85

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Fresno Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 27m.

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Chicago to Merced bus services, operated by ACN Autobuses, arrive at Merced station.

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Merced is 2h behind Chicago. It is currently 2:03 AM in Chicago and 12:03 AM in Merced.

Chicago to Merced train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Merced station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Merced is 2168 miles. It takes approximately 32h 59m to drive from Chicago to Merced.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Fresno Airport.

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There are 16+ hotels available in Merced. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs $2 - $5.

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