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There are 3 ways to get from Salinas to Merced by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  3 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8 to Monterey / Gilroy Train Station 86
  2. Take the bus from Gilroy, CA to Merced

$22 - $42

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Train  •  6 h 55 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 Merced Amtrak Station San Joaquins

$66 - $152

Drive  •  2 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Salinas to Merced 107.1 miles

$10 - $16

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The cheapest way to get from Salinas to Merced is to drive which costs $10 - $16 and takes 2 h 4 min.

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The quickest way to get from Salinas to Merced is to drive which costs $10 - $16 and takes 2 h 4 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Salinas to Merced. However, there are services departing from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8 and arriving at Merced via Gilroy Caltrain Station and Gilroy, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 31 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Salinas station to Merced station. However, there are services departing from Salinas Amtrak Station and arriving at Merced Amtrak Station via Oakland Jack London Square Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 55 min.

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The distance between Salinas and Merced is 78 miles. The road distance is 107.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Salinas to Merced without a car is to bus which takes 3 h 31 min and costs $22 - $45.

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It takes approximately 3 h 31 min to get from Salinas to Merced, including transfers.

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Salinas to Merced bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, depart from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8 station.

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

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The best way to get from Salinas to Merced is to bus which takes 3 h 31 min and costs $22 - $45. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $65 - $160 and takes 6 h 55 min.

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Map of how to get from Salinas to Merced.
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  • Distance: 78.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 31 min

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

You can take a bus from Salinas to Merced via Monterey / Gilroy Train Station, Gilroy Caltrain Station, Monterey & 3Rd, and Gilroy, CA in around 3 h 31 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Salinas to Merced via Oakland Jack London Square Station in around 6 h 55 min.

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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
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 Merced Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Room
$180 - $250
Bus operators
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8 to Monterey / Gilroy Train Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Tufesa
Phone
7022546899
Email
serviciosvegas@hotmail.com
Website
tufesabus.com
Bus from Gilroy, CA to Merced
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $25
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Salinas to Merced bus services, operated by Tufesa, arrive at Merced station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Salinas to Merced is 107 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 4 min to drive from Salinas to Merced.

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