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There are 9 ways to get from Salinas to Bakersfield by bus, train, car, plane or shuttle

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus via Fresno, Ca  •  7 h 3 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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Train, Amtrak Thruway via Paso Robles, CA  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Salinas Amtrak Station to Paso Robles Amtrak Station
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Paso Robles, CA to Hanford, CA
  3. Take the train from Hanford Amtrak Station to Bakersfield Amtrak Station

Bus Amtrak  •  10 h

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

Train  •  10 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Salinas Amtrak Station to Oakland Jack London Square Station Coast Starlight
  2. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Bakersfield Amtrak Station San Joaquins

$86 - $207

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  10 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Salinas Amtrak Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station Coast Starlight
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Santa Barbara, CA to Bakersfield, CA 5602 / ...

Drive  •  3 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Salinas to Bakersfield 206 miles

$20 - $30

Fly Monterey to Bakersfield  •  7 h 7 min

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

$200 - $888

Shuttle to San Francisco, fly to Bakersfield  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Prunedale to San Francisco International Airport
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Bakersfield (BFL) SFO - BFL

$284 - $517

Fly Monterey to Los Angeles, bus  •  5 h 29 min

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

$128 - $358

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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 7 h 3 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Salinas station to Bakersfield station. However, there are services departing from Salinas Amtrak Station and arriving at Bakersfield Amtrak Station via Oakland Jack London Square Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 13 min.

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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 7 h 3 min and costs $35 - $100.

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It takes approximately 7 h 3 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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Salinas to Bakersfield train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Salinas Amtrak Station.

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The best way to get from Salinas to Bakersfield is to bus which takes 7 h 3 min and costs $35 - $100. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $85 - $210 and takes 10 h 13 min, you could also fly, which costs $200 - $900 and takes 7 h 7 min.

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Map of how to get from Salinas to Bakersfield.
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  • Distance: 173.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 3 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 7 h 3 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Salinas to Bakersfield via Oakland Jack London Square Station in around 10 h 13 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Monterey to Bakersfield via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Monterey to Bakersfield via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Monterey to Bakersfield via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from San Francisco to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $800
Flights from Monterey to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Monterey to Los Angeles via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
When
Every day
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Salinas Amtrak Station to Paso Robles Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $220
Train from Hanford Amtrak Station to Bakersfield Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Train from Salinas Amtrak Station to Oakland Jack London Square Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Bakersfield Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $140
Room
$250 - $340
Train from Salinas Amtrak Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Room
$220 - $310
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
4 times a day
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 2 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40
ACN Autobuses
Phone
(01)66429904887
Email
clientes@acnautobuses.com
Website
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Fresno to Bakersfield
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Paso Robles, CA to Hanford, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Salinas Amtrak Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Bus Stop to Bakersfield Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Bakersfield, CA
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Monterey Bus
Website
montereyairbus.com
Shuttle from Prunedale to San Francisco International Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $50
Schedules at
montereyairbus.com
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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There is no direct flight from Monterey Airport to Bakersfield Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 19 min and has one stopover.

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Salinas to Bakersfield bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Bakersfield, Ca station.

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Salinas to Bakersfield train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Bakersfield Amtrak Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Salinas to Bakersfield is 206 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 33 min to drive from Salinas to Bakersfield.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Monterey Airport to Bakersfield Airport.

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There are 55+ hotels available in Bakersfield. Prices start at $45 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Salinas to Monterey Airport is to line 56 bus which takes 37 min and costs $2 - $4.

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