There are 8 ways to get from Salinas to Bakersfield by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus via Fresno, Ca  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Gilroy, Ca to Fresno, Ca 6781
  2. Take the bus from Fresno, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca 1429 / ...

$36 - $97

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Bus, train  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Gilroy, Ca to Fresno, Ca 6781
  2. Take the train from Fresno Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak San Joaquins

$50 - $127

Bus Amtrak  •  10 h

  1. Take the bus from Salinas Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Train  •  10 h

  1. Take the train from Salinas Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station
  2. Take the train from Sjd San Jose Station to Skt Stockton Station Ace
  3. Take the train from Stockton Robert Cabral Station to Bakersfield Amtrak

$84 - $189

Drive  •  3 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Salinas to Bakersfield 206 miles

$20 - $30

Fly Monterey to Bakersfield  •  7 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Monterey (MRY) to Bakersfield (BFL) MRY - BFL

$200 - $888

Line 29 bus to San Francisco, fly to Bakersfield  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Take the line 29 bus from Lincoln / West Market to Prunedale North / Highway 156
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Bakersfield (BFL) SFO - BFL

$284 - $517

Fly Monterey to Los Angeles, bus  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Monterey (MRY) to Los Angeles (LAX) MRY - LAX
  2. Take the bus from LAX Terminal #4 to Bakersfield

$128 - $358

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Salinas to Bakersfield is to drive which costs $20 - $30 and takes 3 h 33 min.

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The quickest way to get from Salinas to Bakersfield is to drive which costs $20 - $30 and takes 3 h 33 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Salinas to Bakersfield. However, there are services departing from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8 and arriving at Bakersfield, Ca via Gilroy, Ca and Fresno, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 43 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Salinas to Bakersfield. However, there are services departing from Salinas Amtrak and arriving at Bakersfield Amtrak via Sjd San Jose Station and Stockton Robert Cabral Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h.

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The distance between Salinas and Bakersfield is 174 miles. The road distance is 206 miles.

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The best way to get from Salinas to Bakersfield without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 43 min and costs $35 - $100.

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It takes approximately 5 h 43 min to get from Salinas to Bakersfield, including transfers.

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Salinas to Bakersfield bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Gilroy, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from Salinas to Bakersfield.
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  • Distance: 173.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 43 min

What companies run services between Salinas, CA, USA and Bakersfield, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Salinas to Bakersfield via Monterey / Gilroy Train Station, Gilroy, Ca, and Fresno, Ca in around 5 h 43 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Salinas to Bakersfield via San Jose Diridon Station, Sjd San Jose Station, Skt Stockton Station, and Stockton Robert Cabral Station in around 10 h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Monterey to Bakersfield via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Monterey to Bakersfield via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
8 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from San Francisco to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $800
Flights from Monterey to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Monterey to Los Angeles via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $500
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Monterey to Bakersfield via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Fresno Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
Train from Salinas Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $210
Train from Stockton Robert Cabral Station to Bakersfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Room
$210 - $300
Altamont Corridor Express
Phone
1800-411-7245
Website
acerail.com
Train from Sjd San Jose Station to Skt Stockton Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Schedules at
acerail.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Gilroy, Ca to Fresno, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Fresno, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Salinas Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Bakersfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Lincoln / West Market to Prunedale North / Highway 156
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Airport Valet Express
Website
airportvaletexpress.com
Bus from LAX Terminal #4 to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Schedules at
airportvaletexpress.com
2 weeks in advance
$44
1-6 days in advance
$64
Last minute reservation
$74
7-13 days in advance
$54

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